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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    History of JDub (as best we remember it)

    Dec 8, 2002 - JDub’s first event: Zachor: A memorial concert for Ben and Marla; the Knitting Factory, NYC

    March 2003 - Co-founder Aaron Bisman begins 2 year Joshua Venture Fellowship for Jewish Social Entrepreneurs

    April 2003 - The first Unity Sessions event takes place; Opaline

    May 2003 - Kehilla: A concert to inspire community w/Sheva, Hadag Nachash, & Sagol 59; Tayellet Armon HaNatziv, Jerusalem

    Dec 3, 2003- Jacob Harris joins the staff, bringing the staff to 2 

    Dec 24, 2003 - The first Jewltide party; Southpaw, Brooklyn 

    July 1, 2004 - The Unity Sessions @ Celebrate Brooklyn w/Matisyahu, Mookie, Sagol 59, Tamer Nafer, and Kenny Muhammad; Brooklyn

    August 2004 - Matisyahu’s first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Oct 28, 2004 - Matisyahu’s debut, Shake off the Dust…Arise, is released

    March 2005 - Balkan Beat Box has their US premiere at S.O.B.’s for JDub’s annual Purim party. 

    April 2005 - JDub partners with EPIC for future Matisyahu releases; Live at Stubbs is released

    June 2005 - The Socalled Seder: A Hip Hop Haggadah is released

    Sept 2005 - Balkan Beat Box’s self titled debut is released 

    Dec 2005 - The LeeVees’ Hanukkah Rocks is released on Reprise/JDub

    March 2006 - Matisyahu’s Youth is released; Matis departs JDub  

    Aug 2006 - Golem’s Fresh Off Boat is released 

    Sept 2006 - JDub, along with Avoda Arts and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, launches the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists 

    Nov 2006 - JDub produces Just For a Day concert with Guster & The LeeVees as part of Hillel International day of service; Los Angeles 

    June 2007 - Balkan Beat Box’s Nu Med & Socalled’s Ghettoblaster released

    Nov 2007 - Michael Showalter’s Sandwiches & Cats is released 

    Dec 2007 - JDub produced The 8, a simultaneous series of Hanukkah events around the world.  (watch the Harold & Kumar video)

    July 2008 - JDub celebrates its 5th Anniversary with events at Celebrate Brooklyn in NYC and Grand Performances in LA, and shows in Cleveland and Denver

    Aug 2008 - DeLeon’s self titled debut and Tomer Yosef’s Laughing Underground are released.  DeLeon tours with Ozomatli and Mike Gordon. 

    Feb 2009 - Golem’s Citizen Boris comes out. 

    April 2009 - The Sway Machinery’s Hidden Melodies Revealed comes out on CD and vinyl.

    May 2009 - JDub releases Hospital Blossoms by the Wailing Wall as a free download. 15,000 fans immediately download the record.

    Sept 2009 - JDub releases the debut albums of Girls In Trouble and Soulico (featuring Ghostface Killah, Rye Rye, Del, Lyrics Born, and Ceci Bastida).

    Oct 2009 - JDub announces that it has acquired Jewcy.com, the premiere online media outlet for young Jews.

    Nov 2009 - JDub Kids launches with the first release, Let’s Go Coconuts by the Macaroons.

    Dec 2009 - JDub announces a strategic partnership with Nextbook Inc. and its projects, Nextbook Press and Tablet Magazine.

    March 2010 - JDub launches JDub Digital, a new platform for the release of promising development projects via digital distribution.

    April 2010 - The first JDub Digital album is released, the Gangsta Rabbi’s DiKtatoR 17.

    June 2010 - The Wailing Wall’s second LP The Low Hanging Fruit is released.

    July 2010 - Monsters & Healers by Can!!Can is the second release from JDub Digital.

    Aug 2010 - Axum’s self-titled debut album hits the stores.

    Sept 2010 - Clare Burson, an artist under JDub management and a Six Points fellow, releases Silver & Ash on Rounder Records. The release catches the attention of the NY Times and NPR.

    Nov 2010 - JDub holds its first fundraiser, Festival of Strikes, in Brooklyn with comedian Eugene Mirman, and JDub artists the Sway Machinery, DeLeon and Soulico.

    March 2011 - The Sway Machinery’s record “The House of Friendly Ghosts, Vol. 1 featuring Khaira Arby” is released to much critical acclaim. The band launches a tour ending at SXSW.

    April 2011 - JDub Digital releases the self-titled album by Shotnez, a band featuring the founding members of Balkan Beat Box. The same day, JDub Digital releases “Sabbapath” as a free download.

    January 2012 - JDub sells its catalogue in its entirety to The Orchard.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 26th 2013