Inspired by Martin Buber's writing while procrastinating from piano practice at High School Jazz camp, Brian Yosef began a quest for finding the inner truths of Judaism, beyond dogma and tradition. Finding that truth ironically led him back to tradition. Brian Yosef currently serves as Interim Spiritual Director and Music Director at Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley, teaching and leading musical prayer services. His teaching, "Torah of Awakening", explores Judaism through the lens of awareness and inner liberation. His band, Captain Zohar, plays original Jewish devotional and concert music. He holds a Bachelor in Musical Composition from the Eastman School of Music. He received ™mikha (ordination) as Minister of Sacred Music from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. He lives in Oakland with wife Lisa and two children, to whom he owes constant gratitude for keeping him far from cheap substitutes for G-d.
Listen in here to an original musical piece from Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks, The Hashkiveinu Prayer