An Orthodox rabbi in Boca Raton, Fla., is reaching out to young people in an unorthodox way--with rock 'n' roll. Mordechai Winyarz, 26, paid New York songwriter Lenny Solomon $30,000 to write songs with contemporary Jewish themes and hired young Jewish musicians to perform and record an album for $12,000. The album, "Jewish Pride," set for release Sept. 1, includes a rap song "Rappin' Jewish" written by Danny Furst. A sample of the lyrics:
La-die-doo, I'm a Jew 'cause I think it's cool
Yeah, I eat kosher meat 'cause I ain't no fool
Ask me anything you want to, but I will repeat
I say being Jewish makes me groove to the beat.