The daughter of nightclub musicians, Beth Hamon is a bicycle riding singer-songwriter whose original songs straddle the fuzzy line between Jewish and secular themes of social justice, hope, renewal and love. Beth serves as a music-leader, cantorial soloist and Hebrew teacher at Havurah Shalom in Portland, Oregon. She also travels around the country, serving other Jewish communities as a songleader, teacher and artist in residence.
Beth has recorded and produced two CDs, both collections of original Jewish folk-roots music and liturgical settings now in use at synagogues and camps across the country. Beth also performs regularly in the Portland-Vancouver coffeehouse circuit as a solo artist and has been a repeat performer at the Northwest Folklife Festival.
In 2013, her song, “City of Love/Ahavat Olam” was selected as a finalist composition at the 5th Shalshelet International Festival for new Jewish Music.
In September 2015, Beth was selected by Forward Magazine as one of the top five New Voices in Jewish Music. (http://forward.com/series/soundtrack/2015/)
In 2016, Beth was commissioned by Women of the Wall in Jerusalem to compose a new setting for one of the prayers in their egalitarian liturgy. Sheet music for "Y'hi Ratzon" is now available at oySongs.com.
Beth is currently compiling songs for her third album of original Jewish music, to be released in late 2017.
Beth lives in Portland with her partner, musicologist and writer Liz Schwartz. She commutes locally by bicycle and has lived without a car of her own since 1990.
“Today's Harry Chapin is a woman, fierce and powerful and lovely." -- Sharol Brickman, Cantorial Soloist, St. Louis
"There's nothing else like it! It's bright acoustic pop and folk, performed with hearty, honest joy." --Tom Petersen, Victory Review Magazine