Nick May: Being Heard
In Honor of Jewish Disability Awareness Month, The Institute of Southern Jewish Life and the Jewish Council of Lake Norman present Nick May “Being Heard” – Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. (Zoom)
Nick May is a singer/songwriter, educator, song leader, and inclusion activist. Raised in New Orleans by two accomplished musicians, a variety of musical influences inform his art: from contemporary Jewish folk to funk and hip hop. Being a person who stutters (PWS), Nick latched on to music as a way to fluently express himself from a young age. An enthusiastic member of Jewish summer camp and day school communities, Nick furthered his formal education at Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology.
In the summer of 2018, Nick did something he had never done before: addressed a room of people he didn’t know well, sharing his intimate story of growing up as a PWS…. and how his communities effectively supported him. This experience inspired him to create Being Heard.
Being Heard is a program that combines storytelling, singing, and chevruta (group discussion) to dhow the power of being inclusive, not only towards others but also to ourselves. Nick has brought Being Heard to camps, congregations, and youth groups across North America.