Alongside being one of its founding members, Jack Bielan has been Musical Director for Valley Outreach Synagogue since its inception.
Raised in the Beverly-Fairfax area, he has also been a longtime fixture in the Los Angeles music scene. Serving as a studio keyboardist, arranger and conductor, as well as a producer and composer, Jack’s varied discography includes a Gold Record award and a place in music history for his arranging efforts on James Taylor’s landmark “Sweet Baby James” album and the succeeding single, “Steamroller Blues”/”You’ve Got A Friend”. He has also toured the world as a Music Director and conductor/keyboardist.
In addition to having performed on recordings selling in excess of twenty million copies, Jack regards his spiritual endeavors as “… the most significant part of my creative life.” He produces and arranges all of V.O.S.’ on-bimah musical presentations (in addition to composing much of the music) and is blessed to conduct the mighty Valley Outreach Synagogue Adult Choir. His first original CD, “From The Heart Of A Jewish Soul” (which prominently features Ron and Bronwen Li-Paz) has been called “… a contemporary Jewish masterpiece.”
Valley Outreach has always been a family affair for Jack. His daughter Megan became a superb vocal soloist on the V.O.S. bimah shortly after her seventh birthday, and her mother, Sheri Montrose, was the first V.O.S. cantorial soloist.
Jack has authored two books, “On Loss” and “Does God Make Mistakes (Holding On To Your Faith At Life’s Most Difficult Moments)”. In addition to his Judaic musical compositions, his works of contemporary inspirational and recovery-based material, including his renown “Serenity (The Serenity Prayer Song)”, are sung in Houses of Worship all over the world.
He has recently completed spoken audio recordings of the complete fourth edition of ”The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous” and “Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions”, which are available free of charge on his website as a service to vision-impaired individuals and anyone else in the recovery community who might find them useful.