Jacob “Spike” Kraus is a singer/songwriter, educator & innovator from Boston.

He has released two studio albums of original Jewish music: “Shake Off The Dust” (2014) & “Cornerstones” (2017). Twenty-seven years old and based out of New York, NY, Jacob serves as the Music Teacher for Beit Rabban Day School. He has been song leading for over a decade at synagogues, day schools, and summer camps, serving as Head Songleader at both the URJ Eisner Camp and the URJ Kutz Camp for several summers. He graduated from Muhlenberg College in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Music Performance. His music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and is featured by Jewish Rock Radio & PJ Library. A member of the Jewish A Cappella group Six13, JSK believes in music’s power as a community-builder. He tours the country singing with multi-generational communities and using Jewish music as a tool to educate and engage the next generation of Jews.

 

Testimonials

Spike was a tremendous addition to [our congregation]! Not only did he bring a youthful, fun and energetic vibe to our Shabbat worship, his music was beautifully written and thoughtfully delivered in a way that touched our multigenerational community.
— Rebekah Goldman Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation
During his time at GFC, Spike mentored our song leading team including younger songleaders in training, taught song leading to various units, led raucous and energetic song sessions, meaningful worship, and made himself an indispensable part of the camp community.
— Rabbi Andrew Terkel, Director of Year Round Programs, URJ Greene Family Camp
 
He transformed a congregation where he was a visitor into his community over the course of a single service.
— Rabbi Brian Michelson, Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, Reading, PA