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Liz Kruger.

Liz Kruger is a songleader, music educator, composer and performer. Her musical career began in her native city of Buffalo, New York and continued in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Since her arrival in Washington, DC in 1984, Liz has served as the musician-in-residence at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington that is now part of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities. She leads Oneg Shabbat celebrations, daily interactive sing-a-longs, and entertains for special events on the entire campus, that includes independent and assisted living, and memory care units.

Specializing in Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish folk songs, American standards and Broadway tunes, and inter-generational programs, Liz has touched the hearts of hundreds of residents and family members with her music and energetic and joyous spirit.. As one resident said, “You add life to our days and days to our life”.

Liz was the Music Director of Har Shalom Religious School in Potomac, Maryland from 1997 - 2010 where she also led Shabbat family services.  

Liz served as Master Music Educator for the Washington Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning. She taught graduate-level classes for music teachers from around the region covering all aspects of Jewish music education and has presented at many professional conferences.

Liz was the Music Specialist at Camp JCC of Greater Washington from 1998 – 2006 where she led music activities and ruach-filled Oneg Shabbats for both campers and staff.

In September 1998, Liz founded the instrumental music program at the Berman Hebrew Academy, a modern Orthodox day school, in Rockville, Maryland and served as the Program Coordinator for eight years. For two years during this time, Liz also served as the Director of the Berman Hebrew Academy High School Girls Choir.

As a popular American, Hebrew and Yiddish folksinger, Liz has been featured in many local Jewish community celebrations, festivals, and holiday events. In addition to performing at the Hebrew Home, she brings her own unique brand of musical sunshine to many other senior residences across the Washington DC area.

Liz and her husband David are the proud parents of three daughters, and are blessed with four beautiful granddaughters who live in Israel.

In all of her musical work, Liz brings joy, passion and commitment for Ahavat Yisrael.  Her gift is a spark for the Jewish soul, a light for young and old alike.