Chava Shapiro (nee Zviklin), who grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, has been singing ever since she can remember. Classically trained since the age of 14, as a teen Chava was accepted to several selective choirs and performed under world-renowned conductors throughout the U.S. and Europe, including performances at prestigious venues such as Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic and Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a recipient of the Loeb Performing Arts Scholarship in 2006, she also received the honor of a solo performance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2009, Chava completed a year-long Jewish studies program at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel. It was there, inspired by the teachings of Chabad Chassidism, that she began to live a traditional observant Jewish lifestyle. Now, in keeping with Jewish law and tradition, she sings exclusively for women audiences across the United States, performing an eclectic repertoire of music, including pieces in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Russian, French, and Italian.
In February 2012 and again in February 2015, Chava was honored to perform for an audience of over 3,500 women leaders at the International Conference for Chabad Women Emissaries in New York City. She has also headlined as a performer at the National Jewish Retreat.
When she’s not singing, Chava works as an curriculum designer at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, where she develops and writes Jewish curricula taught in hundreds of locations around the world. She is also a freelance writer and editor. Chava currently lives with her husband Michoel (a.k.a the Fighting Rabbi) and their two sons in Elizabeth, New Jersey.