It’s the Beat Sponsored by Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater Added to Mighty 1290 Saturday Lineup Alexander Payne and John Beasley to Appear!

“It’s the Beat” is a variety show that will feature interviews with national and local media stars,” explains Javitch. “I am thrilled that Jodi Vinci, television, radio and corporate voiceover talent and lifelong friend will add her unique blend of comedy and insight to each show.  “It’s the Beat” will also feature some of my original songs as well those of aspiring and well-known artists.”   Javitch added. 


Andy Ruback, General Manager of Omaha’s NRG radio group added, “Saturday noon listeners are in for a real treat!  Karen is well-known for her music and ability to entertain and Jody is a hilarious personality.  “It’s the Beat” promises to be a wonderful radio opportunity while you’re driving, having lunch or just relaxing at home or with friends”


“It’s The Beat” will highlight local and national musicians, authors, movies and cultural events and we are so excited to present Omaha’s hidden talent to our audience!” Vinci continued.  “Be prepared to have lots of fun!”


Karen Sokolof Javitch has raised over $280,000 for national and local charities though her original music and musicals.  Her shows, including one about the late Princess Diana, have been performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, St. Louis as well as Omaha. They have featured such prominent actors as John Beasley and New York actress and singer Dani Burr and the American Idol Maynard Triplets.  She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award for best new musical two times. Her songs are also sung by children in schools around the country.   Her musical arranger for her 13 CD’s is Chuck Penington from Mannheim Steamroller. She has songs in two movies and one of Karen’s you tube videos is approaching 3 million views!


Jody Vinci has had over 25 years of executive management experience in the Travel and Hospitality industry.   She has done national voiceovers for Chase Bank, McDonalds, First Data and Mutual of Omaha.  Jody also appeared in 3 movies:  ‘About Schmidt’, ‘Citizen Ruth’ and ‘Lucky’.


“Going Through the Big D” Released as a follow-up to “I Will Survive” Is the First Ever CD dedicated to Divorce

In its promotional debut, over 100 radio stations downloaded the title track:  ‘What will my new life be like after the d-i-v-o-r-c-e?’


“I wrote these songs to evoke different emotions from women who are going through a divorce in the hopes that they will provide encouragement and some humor at this difficult time,” Javitch explains.  “I would like to think of this album as a ‘survival album’.   It is my hope that each woman in America whose marriage has ended in divorce is moved by both my music and my message in “Going Through the Big D.”  Having gone through a divorce myself, I would have loved for a friend to give me this CD.  I want other divorced women to know that they are not alone. I hope my album can have a positive, lasting effect.”  Javitch concludes.


 Chuck Penington, conductor of the Grammy Award Winner Mannheim Steamroller band added  ” Karen Sokolof Javitch’s divorce CD – GOING THROUGH THE BIG D  is an uplifting listen for anyone who is going through this traumatic time.  It’s compassionate but not cloying, honest without being brutal, and sensitive but not judgmental.   It’s intended to inspire.”


Karen Sokolof Javitch is the host and creator of  a musical radio show called “It’s The Beat. ”  Karen has raised over $300,000 for national and local charities though her original music.  Her musicals, including one about the late Princess Diana, have been performed in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Lincoln, Chicago, New York City & St. Louis as well as Omaha.  Her singers have included Broadway actress Joanna Young, the prominent actor John Beasley, Weston Olson from the touring ‘Les Miserables’ cast as well as the Maynard Triplets from American Idol .   Grammy award – winner Chuck Penington arranges all of her music.  She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award two times and recently she received honorable mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest for her song “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!”!  Some of her youtube videos have gone viral and her musicals and songs are also performed by young people in high schools and colleges around the country.  “Going Through the Big D” is Karen’s 13th CD.


Florida Premiere of Jewish Musical “From Generation to Generation”

“We are so excited about the opportunity to produce this musical as one of our significant cultural arts events for the Jewish community Wedner explained.  We have attracted great local talent, and the evening will be filled with heartwarming songs, funny & reflective moments, everything you want to experience at a good night in the theater,”.


‘From Generation to Generation’ will be directed by Mik Cribben,a New York feature film director. The musical director is Melissa Boher Jacobson and the show will be   choreographed by Rhona Ross and Mary Cook.


In “From Generation to Generation” Rose Lieberman takes unusual steps to share her memorable life with a granddaughter she may never see,” explains Javitch. “The musical carries the audience along with Rose on her comical and inspiring journey to leave a touching memory of herself for all generations to come.”


The musical has been performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Omaha to standing ovations.   The Chicago Tribune review said,“From Generation to Generation is about things that matter most in life – faith, traditionand family.”  The Omaha World-Herald adds, “This is a first-rate family show that Jewish theatergoers will especially enjoy – though everyone will respond to the universal themes celebrated here.”


Karen composed the wide variety of songs in ‘Generation’.   Her arranger, Chuck Penington, the musical conductor for ‘Mannhein Steamroller’ says of her show, “Generation is a touching and heartfelt musical that everyone needs to see.  It will stay with you forever, as will Karen’s wonderful songs.”


Performances are at the Boynton Beach High School, 4975 Park Ridge Blvd., Boynton Beach, Florida 33426 on Thursday March 17 and Sunday March 20 at 2:00pm, a perfect time for the entire family to experience Rose’s world together.

Tickets are $28.00 for adults at all performances, and special $10.00 tickets for children under 12 years are available for 2:00 PM Sunday.


Angel tickets are $38 which include a March 02 champagne reception with the cast at the Mandel JCC,  and front row orchestra seats for any performance. Tickets are available at or 877-318-0071.  For groups of 20 or more each ticket is $25.00 available at 561.259.3006.


All ticket proceeds will benefit the Mandell JCC and their programs.


About the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches:

The Mandel JCC has two locations in Palm Beach County. The Boynton Beach building is at 8500 Jog Road and the Palm Beach Gardens building is at 5221 Hood Road. For more information about the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, visit


The mission of the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life.The Mandel JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

UNO Foundation receives over $30,000 in contributions from Concert dedicated to Pancreatic Cancer

Tom Thompson, Senior Director of Developemnt at UNO commented “ When Karen first approached us with the idea and offered to fully fund all the expenses, we are elated to become part of the project.  All the planning, details and finally the show took about three months to prepare.  We are gratefull to all those who were part of the process, the hundreds who attended and of course all who contributed their funds and time.


“We are not done”  added Javitch.  We are planning to take the taped version of the show and produce a national telethon and have already began discussions with an outside company who has agreed to become part of the process.  The show will include songs by Tim Halperin, season 10 American Idol Top 12 male finalist, as well as many of the singers and dancers who were part of the evening. It will feature the my newest song “Shake It for NObesity” and “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World


As a young singer/songwriter, Tim has taken the cancer cause to heart with a commitment beyond what is typical for a recent college graduate.  In 2011, he responded to the personal request of a breast cancer survivor to write his first song “We Fight Back” as a tribute to breast cancer survivors.  He performed it at Race for the Cure events around the country including the Global Race in Washington, DC and the St. Louis Race, the largest race in the United States. As the featured halftime entertainer for the Carolina Panthers/ New Orleans Saints breast cancer game and at the TCU vs. BYU game at Cowboys Stadium, Tim has inspired thousands with his lyrics of determination and hope.


 “Cross That Line,“Tim’s second song for Komen debuted at the Komen for the Cure International Affiliate Conference. Invitations to perform that song at Komen Race for the Cure events have already come from as far away as California and Puerto Rico. The song’s riveting melody and lyrics speak to the challenges of fighting cancer and a commitment to win the race. By being part of An Evening of Music to fight for those with pancreatic cancer, Tim demonstrates yet a new level of his dedication and determination to all who are in the cancer fight. 


Mrs. Javitch has also made it her life’s work to use music to celebrate causes in which she believes.  Throughout her career, she  has used her talents to raise  over $280,000 for charities.  She is supportive of Michelle Obama’s efforts to get our youth moving.  “Music is a huge influence on kids and teens. For that reason I wrote “Shake it For NObesity,” Javitch explained. “I want to inspire kids to eat healthy and to get up and move! We hope to get the audience ‘rockin’ to good health!”

“Awesome Omaha ” Celebrates the 50th Anniversary Super Bowl

“Any TV, radio and newspaper outlet may play “Awesome Omaha” (attached) without fees, royalties or any compensation. My song tells the rest of the country what a great city Omaha is,” Javitch explained. “A video version is broadcast on Omaha TV during the Warren Buffet annual Berkshire meetings, so why shouldn’t the rest of the country know about us as Peyton Manning screams out “Omaha-Omaha!”


“So many influential magazines have listed Omaha as a great place to raise families and start a business, noting that the cost of living is low and so many other positives. Being born and raised in Omaha, I say in my song that Omaha “lives in my heart and my soul.”


Grammy award-winner Chuck Penington of Manheim Steamroller adds his musical prowess and expertise to complement Karen’s insightful lyrics and catchy melody.


Karen has released 13 CD’s, written 4 musicals and was the creator was co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.” She has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities though her original music. Her musicals, including “Princess Diana”, have been performed all over the country. She has won the TAG (Theater Arts Guild) Award two times and recently she received honorable mention in the ‘Song of the Year’ contest for her song, “It’s a Steve Jobs’ World!” Karen’s music includes songs about exercising and good health, celebrities, holidays, political figures, children, math, patriotism, love and family. Her songs are for anyone between the ages of 5 to 105!

Renowned Pediatrician Praises Song on “Smiling Baby” CD

She features 17 original songs for babies, which are all destined to become favorites in the young baby market. There is an extremely important one for new moms: “The Awesome 5’s” song sets to music five unique ways to calm your crying baby. These important ideas were developed by renowned pediatrician and author, Dr. Harvey Karp.


Upon hearing this musical version of his popular “5 S’s” method in “Karen’s Smiling Baby Songs” album, Dr. Karp commented, “Karen did a great job and she was very accurate…and passionate with her song.” The baby doctor is the author of numerous best-sellers, his most recent being “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” You can find additional information about the physician at


“My newest CD,” Karen explained, “was inspired by the birth of my two grandsons! Babies love music and what a great way for them to connect with their parents and grandparents!” As an added bonus to moms who purchase her CD, if you email her your baby’s first name, Karen will record a personalized song for your little one!


“I listened to every song on Karen’s album and was so impressed,” added Elaine Jabenis, author, actress and mother of 5! Every new parent and grandparent needs to have this album. It’s a great new baby gift! The songs are a real treasure. Not only are they fun but they are educational, too. You will want to sing and dance along with them. ‘Giggle Guy and Giggle Girl’ and ‘Splishy Splashy in the Bathy’ are two of my favorites!”


‘Karen’s Smiling Baby Songs’ may be purchased at, itunes or Spotify.

Besides her 15 albums, she has co-written 4 musicals and was the creator and co-host of a popular Omaha radio show, “It’s the Beat.” Her musicals include “Princess Diana the Musical,” “From Generation to Generation,” and “Love at the Café.” These shows have been performed in many cities in the United States. In addition, Ms. Javitch has raised over $350,000 for national and local charities through her original music.


Karen’s diverse creations include songs about exercising, celebrities, holidays, political figures, children, math, patriotism, love and family. She has more than 100 youtube videos and some have gone viral! Her music has been in three movies and TV shows. Karen is a prolific songwriter who creates music for anyone between the ages of 0 to 100!

Chelsea Clinton’s New Book Inspires 11 Year Old

Lydia explains, “I was so inspired when I heard about the new Chelsea Clinton book, “She Persisted”.  My friend, Karen Sokolof Javitch, who is a songwriter, asked me if I would sing a song she had written about Chelsea’s new book.  I was so excited, of course I said yes!  I studied the people in the book – 13 American women – both young and old who have persisted to make America better! I have sung many songs for Karen and I think this one is my favorite, because it is about history.  And guess what?  A few days after the release of “She Persisted” I got an autographed copy of it in the mail! It’s sooo cool, super cool! Thank you Karen Javitch and Chelsea Clinton!”


Ms. Javitch ads, “JMR Productions will donate the song to any organization whose goal is to work with young girls in their pursuit for a fulfilling life, no matter what their background or where they come from,” added Ms. Javitch.  “We did not record this to make money but to inspire others!”


A film, theatre, television actress and vocalist, Lydia made her debut at age 7 in the Sanford Health “Same Day” commercial series. Subsequently, she originated the role of Raylene in the short film “Recollection” (directed by Madeline Lynch), appeared at age 8 in Benson Theatre’s world premiere stage adaptation of “The Shining” She was also in The Durham Museum’s promotional film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and in 2016, recorded her first children’s single, Karen SokolofJavitch’s, “I’m Not the Little Kid I Used to Be,” following voiceover work on area radio spots. In July 2016, Lydia became Omaha’s first child to star in a local two-person theatre production, Bob Donlan’s “Robot Parts.” Her September, 2016 turn as the WWE’s little Mary Lou Slater, fictional daughter of wrestler Heath Slater, was shot live and has more than 2.2 million views on you tube. Lydia made her mainstage opera debut, appearing in the Ragazzi Chorus for Opera Omaha’s “La Bohème,” in November, 2016. She hosts her own television talk show, Storytime with Lydia on KPAO, and is in production for its 5th season.


Ms. Javitch’s passion is writing songs for albums and creating musicals with them. Karen hasfour  musicals and more than 18 albums to her name. She is an award-winning songwriter and her songs have been in 3 movies and on national TV. Her arranger is Mannheim Steamroller’s Chuck Penington. She records in Omaha with Grammy-nominated engineer Tom Ware. Through her music, she has donated over $350,000 to charitable organizations.

Omaha to Premier National Theatrical Release Of “A Long Way Off”

“Omaha is the perfect choice as it embodies the midwestern culture and family values” Mcglothin explained. “ It is also the home of Mom’s Night Out on May 9, A Long K Karen Sokolof Javitch who wrote and performed “The Coffee Shop” song for the movie and Andy Greenberg whose motivational Multiple talk show guests are available. Book and radio show “Your Daily High” appear in the movie. The Movie will have an by invitation only Hollywood showing on May 04 as well as a limited national showing on Father Day and a planned But this of the year. full release this fall”


The movie stars Robert Davi, Edie McClurg, John Diehl, Jason In this inspiring story, based on the tale Burkey and features Sean Hannity and Michael Medved. The story is based on the tale of the Prodigal Son taken from Luke 15:11-32 but set in modern times. After demanding and receiving millions from his father as an early inheritance, Burkey’s character leaves the family farm and enters a life of fast women, fast cars and un- Featuring Omaha’s Andy Greenberg w savory friends and bad business deals. As his life crashes down he returns humbled and reconciles with his earthly and heavenly father.


“The timing of this movie is perfect as faith based movies are now the talk of Hollywood and the general American audience” added McGlothlin.


Uptone Pictures has produced (fill in) movies that are seen around the world. Karen Sokolof Javitch is an award winning Omaha Native with 13 CD’s, 3 musicals and 3 songs that appear in various movies. Her radio show “It’s the Beat” is heard every Saturday on The Might 1290. Andy Greenberg is featured daily on News Radio 1110 KFAB ‘s Good Morning Show” with a daily segment called “Getting UP with Andy Greenberg,” and has a nationally syndicated radio spot heard by millions daily called “Your Daily High with Andy Greenberg”. He has authored a book and May will have his own TV show titled “Your Omaha High.”

Royal Wedding Honored By “Princess Diana The Musical”

“Last year the musical played in 10 American cities and I am thrilled to provide free downloads of the 30 songs featured in the musical” announced Ms. Javitch. “Like millions of people in the world, I was devastated when Princess Diana died.  Writing this musical has been a way of paying homage to Diana’s life and sharing her message of hope and compassion with new generations. It is an incredible story which is fascinating to bring to life and to relive”.


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Karen Sokolof Javitch wrote the music and lyrics and Elaine Jabenis co-authored the book with Karen.  “The touching story journeys in song with “The People’s Princess” on her trials and tribulations of being an unknown 17-year old to the most famous woman in the world.   With over 25 original songs, Princess Diana, the Musical captures the grace, charm, compassion and style that was Diana.” We are so excited to partner with GLTG as part of the 11 city American tribute” Javitch added.


Jill Zeszut, who playedPrincess Diana in the Chadron, Ohio production is part of an exceptional cast of 16 local talented actors and actresses.  She adds, “I was excited to portray such an iconic and influential person.  As a child I was always fascinated by her, so it was an honor to bring her to the stage and to share her story.”


“Audience reviews and ticket sales exceeded our expectations,” Javitch exclaimed. “Some theatersadded adding dates because of the high demand to see the show.”


JMR Productions has produced 18 CD’s covering  Love and Marriage ( same sex and Traditional), kids, educational, teen experiences and in case things do not work out a Divorce CD.  Karen’s 3 musicals have been featured around the country in schools and theatres, her music has been in 3 TV shows and 2 movies as well. Through her music she has raised over $350,000 for various charities.

Lynwood Unified School District Performs Love! At the Cafe!

Karen donated her musical Love! At the Café! – including CDs, scripts and supplies, so that the financially challenged school district could perform the musical. Here are some photos and letters from the kids in Lynwood Unified School District in Lynwood, California. They received microphones, costumes, makeup and a nice set. The school had no money for extracurricular activities, like theater, so they were using money from their own pockets and doing small fund raisers to get money to put on shows. They enjoyed performing the play!
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