Jake Ehrenreich is a musician, author and performer. A Brooklyn born child of Holocaust survivors, he is best known for his award winning show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, which broke box office records at the historic Lambs Theater in the heart of Broadway, and is now also a best selling book by HCI (the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers).
The Borough of Brooklyn and the City of New York honored Jake by proclaiming March 17, 2012 A Jew Grows in Brooklyn Day, and the Carnegie Deli followed suit by likewise naming a sandwich to honor the occasion.
Jake is privileged to have his writings appear in the Academic Anthology Summer Haven, The Catskills, The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination alongside Isaac Bashevis Singer and Art Spiegelman. He is featured in several films including Making Light in Terezin, and The Last Laugh along with Mel Brooks, David Steinberg, Louis CK and Carl and Rob Reiner.
Jake has appeared on Broadway in Dancin’, Barnum, and They’re Playing Our Song, and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. He starred for Joseph Papp at the Public Theater, and performed with such diverse artists as with Richie Havens, Greg Allman, Whitney Houston and Tito Puente. Jake’s most recent CD release is Yiddish Unplugged, and he is currently working on a TV variety show scheduled to premier nationwide in 2017.
Jake lives with his wife of 20 years, Lisa Ehrenreich– a 4th dan black belt Tae Kwon Do Master instructor – and his 18 year old son Dovy, who is currently studying in Israel on a gap year (his room is for rent).
Jake is extremely honored to be among the class of 2016 inductees into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame – and to be emceeing again this year.