Rachel Leader

Rachel Leader (she/her) is a violinist, Jewish cultural organizer, and educator based in Western Massachusetts. A member of award-winning klezmer band Mamaliga, as well as founding member of klezmer band Burikes, Rachel has performed internationally and served as faculty at festivals including Yiddish New York, KlezKanada, and Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany). Rachel was a recipient of the 2021 Klezmer New Leaders Fellowship through the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and is the director/co-founder of KlezCummington Yiddish Cultural Festival hosted annually in Cummington, MA. She loves music, soccer, and popcorn most of all!

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