Touring Children's Music Artist/Educator,
San Diego, CA
Craig Parks is a man of many hats or kippot if you like! He is a Jewish educator, touring musician, composer, recording artist, and continual learner. Craig founded the teen band Kavannah and the monthly teen service known as the Teen Shabbat Jam. He has created two Jewish day camps including Camp Simcha located in San Diego which is about to enter its 16th summer. Craig is also a nationally recognized figure in Jewish teen engagement, having spoken at numerous national conferences on the subject. He has written his own curriculum for both 8th and 9th grade. Craig also created the Parking Lot for Parents of Teens, a program designed to help Jewish parents navigate the challenging teen years.
In addition to his work with teens, Craig also leads monthly Pajama Shabbat services for young families as well as a weekly crazy Monday morning preschool sing-along followed by Havdallah. He is the founding member of The Jewhooz, a band that covers the most popular rock/pop songs of all time written or performed by Jewish artists. He along with Cantor Billy Tiep are the co-founders of the annual Shir Energy Music Festival. Craig has released three CDs with Kavannah as well as his own CD of Jewish kids music called "Kol Kef – All Fun!" He is honored to be entering his fourth year as a part of the SLBC faculty and community!