Adrienne Young

Adrienne Adeana Young is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based singer and multi-instrumentalist. She is operator of AddieBelle Music which produces her recordings. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, in fact a seventh-generation Floridian, she was raised on the land farmed by her family generations earlier. Young grew up in a musical family in Clearwater, where she was a member of the band Big White Undies, she was graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in Nashville with a Music Business/Spanish degree. Endless and unfulfilling clerical jobs along Music Row motivated this triple-threat singer and multi-instrumentalist to start her own record label, Addiebelle Music, she formed the short-lived band Liters of Pop with Eric McConnell. She learned to play clawhammer-style banjo from Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, set about amassing a catalog of old-time tunes; as she says: I got into traditional music when I was longing to connect with my family again, that led to trying to build up a repertoire that my grandfather was familiar with, the classic old-time and bluegrass tunes.

Young began gaining attention with her 2003 win in the Chris Austin songwriting contest at MerleFest for "Sadie's Song". Co-written with Mark D. Sanders, the song is a re-telling of the murderous bluegrass standard "Little Sadie" told from the victim's point of view. "Little Sadie" featured prominently on her first CD, Plow to the End of the Row, produced with another Nashville-based musician, Will Kimbrough, released on her own AddieBelle record label. The CD, which includes a packet of wildflower seeds along with artwork based on the Farmers' Almanac, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album Package. An early version of Plow to the End of the Row, released in 2003, has become a sought-after collectible; that version included several tracks with Young backed by Old Crow Medicine Show and was a top pick for 2003 Debut Artist by the Freeform American Roots DJ Chart. The nationally-released version, featuring different sequencing, new tracks, re-recorded versions of several songs, was released on April 13, 2004, one day before an interview with Young aired on NPR's All Things Considered.

The Americana Music Association included Young and her band in their nominees for Emerging Artist of the Year, the Nashville Scene named "Home Remedy" as Best Country Single of the year. The CD went on to place at or near the top of numerous "best of" lists for the year and the Los Angeles Times called Young "the Americana music find of the year." Young and her band Little Sadie toured extensively across the U. S. and in England. The members of the band left to pursue other projects prior to the recording of Young's second CD, The Art of Virtue; that disc, released on June 28, 2005, took its theme from Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues. A copy of Franklin's pamphlet is included with the CD. Will Kimbrough co-produced co-wrote several tracks. Alongside original songs and traditional tunes, the disc featured a cover of the Grateful Dead song "Brokedown Palace". Young's AddieBelle label struck a distribution deal with Ryko Records which insured that her music got placed in more record stores, she continued to receive support from public radio and was invited to appear on World Café, Mountain Stage, A Prairie Home Companion.

With a new incarnation of Little Sadie, Young toured more extensively in 2005. The Art of Virtue placed third in's list of the best folk recordings of the year. Young was invited to sing in Philadelphia on January 17, 2006, as part of Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday celebration. In May 2006 Young took her band to Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, New York to record tracks for a third album, titled Room to Grow, released May 22, 2007. Young's second CD, The Art of Virtue released in 2005, took its theme from Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Virtues and included copy of Franklin's pamphlet inside; the title track addressed issues that Young found herself pondering after the 2004 re-election of George W. Bush how the Republican Party had leveraged the theme of morality as a campaign tool; as she said at the time: There seems to be a growing passion and individually, to understand the foundation of our American culture and how we've turned from that. It steered me back toward a time when our country was rooted in agrarian ideals and words were powerful enough to begin a new world.

Ben Franklin had such a practical approach toward nurturing virtue, the first point being nobody's perfect. Since 2004 Young has been a spokeswoman for the FoodRoutes Network, which aims to aid organizations in rebuilding local, community-based food systems. Young used the release of the CD The Art of Virtue to call attention to her involvement with the FoodRoutes Network, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture and connects consumers with local farmers who are willing to sell direct. Room to Grow furthers her involvement in this movement with lyrics and songs directly addressing the issue; this wasn't the first time she mixed her farm action fever with artistic output: Plow to the End of the Row, her 2004 debut CD, came with a packet of seeds enclosed. Young advocates sustainable agriculture. A portion of each record sold of Room to Grow goes to the Save A Seed fund, which she created with nonpro

Ida Silverman

Ida Silverman was a Jewish philanthropist, who with her husband helped found 100 synagogues in Israel. She is the only woman to have served as vice president of the Zionist Organization of America and the American Jewish Congress. A Russian immigrant, Silverman arrived in the United States, her family settled in Providence, Rhode Island, where she completed her schooling and had four children. While doing relief work during the First World War, she became aware of the depth of social problems and the effects of war on refugees. Joining the Zionist movement in the 1900s, within a decade she became a motivational speaker, advocating for the establishment of a permanent Jewish home in Palestine. Between 1925 and the late 1940s, she logged over 600,000 air-miles traveling throughout the world and fund raising for the creation of a Jewish state. During World War II, she received special permission to travel into war-torn areas to evaluate conditions. At the war's end, Silverman turned her efforts toward building infrastructure in the new nation of Israel, but was involved in philanthropy in her home state of Rhode Island, raising funds for hospitals and mental health organizations.

She received many honors and awards for her philanthropy including Jewish Mother of the Year, the Mizrachi Women's Organization of America's "Silver Medal" for building Israel, honorary doctorates, jointly with her husband was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1971. Ida Marcia Camelhor was born on 31 October 1882 in Russia to Mary and Louis Camelhor, she was the only surviving child of a family of eight. Before her first birthday, her parents immigrated to New York and when she was around ten years old, they moved to Providence, Rhode Island, she attended public grammar school and high school and, at sixteen years old, went to work as a bookkeeper for Archibald Silverman. Archibald an immigrant, had begun his career as a designer of costume jewelry. Together with his brother, Charles, he established the Silverman Brothers jewelry company in Providence in 1897. After two years of working in the jewelry business, Camelhor agreed to marry her boss. Archibald continued to work his way up and became president of a bank and a philanthropist for Jewish causes.

Though Ida was the spokesperson and "presence" of the causes in which the couple were involved, Archibald supported her participation and gave his time, moral support, monetary contributions to further their philanthropy. He understood and accepted that her work for others would always take precedence over her own household duties. By age 20, Silverman had two children, would soon have two more, she was involved in the community of social betterment programs. She served as president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish Orphanage of Rhode Island. By 1906, she was involved in the American Zionist Movement and rose to the national position of vice president of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America. Relief work during World War I awakened her to the broad variety of social needs and she became an advocate of health care, poverty relief, finding a permanent solution for Jewish refugees. In 1915, Silverman founded the second Hadassah chapter in New England in Providence, she was a "skilled propagandist", developing a wide following between 1915 and 1919, was known as a vigorous leader and talented orator.

Her first acknowledgement on the national level was her appointment in 1919 to honorary vice president of the American Jewish Congress. Traditionally, the AJC leadership were more focused on European Jews than worldwide outreach and were of the aristocratic, Reform tradition. By 1919 the organization had become more diverse and while not embracing the more radical aspects of Zionism, leaders allowed Zionist views to be expressed. Silverman, as an honorary official, could use the status to her advantage: while not speaking for the organization, she tacitly had AJC endorsement and was able to parlay that into support from the masses for causes and monetary contributions from elites. In 1925 Silverman made her first trip to Palestine and was able to use her experiences to gain speaking engagements in a variety of venues. Throughout the remainder of the 1920s, Silverman served as vice president of the Zionist Organization of America and vice chair of the hospital building fund for the Hebrew University.

In addition to her national organizational work, Silverman was vice president of the New England Zionist Region, the New England Conference of Hadassah, an honorary president of the Hadassah Organization in Providence. She is the only woman to have served as vice president of the Zionist Organization of America and the American Jewish Congress. Silverman was an outspoken proponent for Israeli statehood, traveling throughout the Americas and Europe advocating for a Jewish homeland, she depicted the Jews who had resettled in Palestine as simple farmers, seeking an agrarian life to alleviate the hunger they had experienced elsewhere. Silverman stressed that the settlers' intent was not to industrialize and vie with the international powerhouse nations, but to provide for their basic needs. Throughout 1927 and 1928, her itinerary included a speaking engagement in Savannah, Georgia with Sir Wyndham Deedes, prior chief secretary of Palestine. Silverman resigned from Hadassah in 1928 in a policy