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    2018 Bay Area Israeli American Idol Contestants

    OFJCC ICC@JCC Bay Area Israeli-American Idol


    Adi Leist
    is 12 years old and came to the US from Israel two-and-a-half years ago. Coming from a family with music at its core, Adi has been singing since she was a baby. She has a distinct musical taste and a distinct singing voice to match. She likes to listen to rock music (Guns N' Roses, Anouk and Metallica), songs from musicals, movie soundtracks and…K-Pop! She is inspired by large voice singers like Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande. In addition to singing, Adi takes care of her two cats (Gilly and Watson), practices gymnastics (backflips and all), dances, plays basketball and studies. Adi is looking forward to performing in the Bay Area Israeli-American Idol competition.

     

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    Ella Katzir
    is 13 years old and has two younger brothers. She has always enjoyed music and used to make her mom sing to her before going to sleep. She found her love for singing at age six, when her family moved from Israel to the US. 

    Beyond music and singing, Ella enjoys cooking, reading, arts, outside activities and martial arts. She loves performing in Hebrew as a part of the "Caravalley". She is, in her own words, "very happy to have had such an experience with all of our supervisors, judges, band, and of course, amazing girls!"


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    Julia Isaac is 14 years old and a freshman at Kehillah Jewish High School. She is a self-taught musician, learning six instruments by herself. Julia has had a passion for music ever since she was little, and she is thrilled to share her zeal to the world. 


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    Nicole Rovniaguin is 11 years old. She was born in Israel and moved to America six years ago. She says, "Aside from singing, I love to write and draw. I love to sit at my computer and type a story. Sometimes, I go to my desk and just draw for about an hour. I like to think of myself as a very happy, optimistic person. From a very young age, I was always singing and drawing, and when I took art classes (I started when I was five), I said, 'When I grow up, I will become a singer and I will sew dresses for my concerts.'" 

    After Nicole turned nine, she started taking vocal classes, mostly in classical music. She enjoys listening to both classical and pop music. "Singing up on stage with a live band for everyone is such an incredible opportunity," she says. "I'm so happy and grateful to be onstage and to be able to pass on my love for music to all of you."

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    Shani Vilan is 13 and moved to Silicon Valley from Israel almost two years ago. She has three younger brothers and a dog named Alaska. Shani loves music and arts, especially singing, playing guitar and piano. She joined the Tzofim (Israeli scouts) back in Israel to Shevet Hofim and naturally continued to Shevet Hamifratz (which meets at the OFJCC) when she moved.

    Shani is friendly and loves outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and ski.


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    Shay Yaakobovitz is an eleven-year-old fifth grader at Nimitz Elementary School. She was born in Israel and has dreamed of being on stage since she was about four years old. When Shay isn't singing she likes to do gymnastics, play basketball, cook and bake. She is also part of a singing class that performs at important Jewish events. 

    Shay is very excited to be in the show and thrilled to be one of the youngest contestants. Hope you enjoy!!!

     

    OFJCC ICC@JCC Bay Area Israeli-American Idol


    Talia Salman is 13 years old and goes to Cupertino Middle School. She is very creative, and besides baking, painting, sketching and designing, she loves singing. For her, music is not just a passion, it tells a story. Talia says that music is motivating, relaxing and inspiring. She listens to music and sings all day long and believes that music has the power to change your mood. Talia is very excited to sing for you and change your mood!

     

     

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