Isaac Zones is an Oakland based musician specializing in Jewish, spiritual, folk and family music. Isaac teaches music classes, leads prayer services, officiates lifecycle events, does concerts and performs for weddings and other celebrations. Isaac learned to play guitar at Camp Tawonga and has worked on staff almost every summer since 2001. Isaac made a CD with his friend Melita called “My Roots Go Down” which has been distributed to 10s of thousands of families around the country by PJ Library multiple times. The CD also won a Parents’ Choice award across all genres of music. Isaac plays bigger shows with the uplifting Jewgrass party band SHAMATi. Isaac does artist residencies in various synagogues and communities that consist of:
- Spiritual Shabbat Services
- Tot Shabbat or PJ Library Concerts
- School & Community Concerts
- Donor Appreciation House Concerts
- Wild dance parties w/SHAMATi
- Guitar and Songleading Lessons
- Jewish identity
- Jewish comedy
- Early Childhood Ed and Music
- Masculinity for Young Jewish Men
Isaac was born and raised in San Francisco where he attended Brandeis Hillel Day School and later graduated from Lowell High School. Isaac was bar-mitzvah’d at conservative Congregation Beth Sholom where he trained with Adi Weiss and Rabbi Alan Lew. Isaac attended Pomona College where he majored in Religious Studies and Mathematics.
Before prioritizing music as a profession Isaac led many Jewish young adult programs including being the founding director of Moishe House. Isaac enjoys playing sports, exploring music and Jewish identity, working for a more just society with fuller lives for all of us and spending time with family, friends and his loving life partner Vivian.