About JDub

JDub was a not for profit that forged vibrant connections to Judaism through music, media, and events. Founded by Aaron Bisman and Ben Hesse, it operated a kick-ass record label whose music is now available through The Orchard. JDub operated from 2002 to 2012.

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    The album that started it all
Shake off the Dust…AriseMatisyahu’s debut albumReleased October 2004 on JDub Records

    The album that started it all

    Shake off the Dust…Arise
    Matisyahu’s debut album
    Released October 2004 on JDub Records

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26th 2013

    Oral History of JDub Records

    Ten years ago, JDub Records was a collegiate pipe dream. By 2006, it was the single coolest thing in Jewish popular culture. Five years later, JDub Records ceased to exist.

    Even if you’ve never heard of JDub Records, you may have heard of the Hasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu, their flagship artist. But the story is bigger than him.

    It’s the story of a scrappy start-up that broke all the rules, revolutionizing Jewish music over eight years and thirty-six albums. It’s the story of the savvy innovators and radical artists who shook up Jewish popular culture at the dawn of a new millennium.

    And who better to tell that story than the people who were there: the founders, the staff, and the artists. Nearly 20 JDub principals spoke to The Brooklyn Ink’s Daniel Arkin about their decade at the forefront of alternative music.

    An Oral History of JDub Records

    Posted on Tuesday, June 25th 2013