Azamra exists to provide you, the discerning client, with
the absolute best music and entertainment for your simcha.
Even though Azamra was first created in 2004, we have over 25 years in the
Entertainment & Special Event industry (pre-Azamra).
Azamra offers full event services such as Entertainment, Uplighting, Photo, Video, Photo Booths, Full Event Production, Furniture Rentals. Staging, Dance Floors for Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings & Corporate Events
Regarding Music, Feel Free to Pick & Choose What You Wish to Hear, as Well As What You Don't
With Azamra, Rest Assured that We Play A Complete Selection of Your Favorite Jewish Music
as Well As Your Requested American Contemporary Songs and Appropriate Top 40
Bio: Who and What Exactly is "Azamra"?
Is That the Owner's Last Name?.
Azamra DJ was birthed in 2004, as a result of owner Jeff Neckonoff becoming a baal teshuvah through Rabbi Yossi Korngold (formerly of the Jewish Heritage Center), Chabad of the 5 Towns, Gateways, Manhattan Jewish Experience & Isralight. Before that, he ran a Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Wedding DJ Entertainment company that specialized in secular social & Corporate Events throughout the NY tri-state area.
Jeff bought his first Technic 1200 turntables back when he was in Canarsie High School, and started doing parties throughout his high school & college years. While at Baruch College, after studying marketing, sales, accounting & finance by day, he was concurrently teaching himself how to beat mix disco, dance music, freestyle & house music by night. In 1987, during his senior year, he landed the much coveted position of resident DJ at one of Long Island's hottest nightclubs, called Jamz (also known as Fokkus and The Dorm), in West Hempstead.
He then began DJ'ing regularly in clubs from NYC to Long Island until 1996 (when his daughter was born), mixing two-three nights a week till 4am classic disco, freestyle, funk, old-skool hip hop and house music. His other main clubs were the L.I. Exchange, the Savoy and Polyesters. He did shorter stints at Coco's, Buttles, Zachary's, Metro 700, Uncle Sam's and Cafe Society.
Also in 1987, he started working for the most successful DJ Company in the United States, EJM Entertainment. EJM did an average of 35 parties a weekend, utilizing 10 DJ crews. Besides doing the majority of all Bar & Bat Mitzvahs from Manhattan to the Hamptons, EJM was consistently sending crews to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, California, Texas, Philly, Boston & Chicago. EJM was simply the biggest & best entertainment company, dealing with everyone from NY middle class to extremely wealthy clients throughout the country.
Check out these CLASSIC DJ pictures from the late 80s and early 90s, when Jeff was first toning his mobile DJ skills.... Please no comments on the hairstyle:-)
It was during this time that Jeff mastered the art of managing an event, running a party and creating the exact atmosphere the clients & their guests desired. "Every party we did was a home run", he says. "With no exaggeration, most of the kids at the Bar/Bat Mitzvahs used to beg us for autographs at every party. It was surreal". Jeff refers to his EJM days as "DJ University", as the training he received there was second to none, and can never be duplicated again.
In 1993, he left EJM to create his own company called Classic Entertainment, which later expanded to include NY Event Connection. Classic was the DJ company. NY Event was a multi-faceted special events planning company, predominantly doing Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Extravagant 40th & 50th birthdays and high-end corporate functions. He organized entire events from soup to nuts, including all their music, extra entertainment, staging & lighting.
In 2001, Jeff became extremely interested in Torah Judaism, and began studying with Rabbi Korngold. He started wrapping tefillin and keeping kosher almost immediately. But his main business was on Saturday afternoons and evenings. However, after studying Perek Alef of Tractate Shabbos, Jeff was learning that what he was doing on Shabbos wasn't too cool, according to Talmud. This continued for many months and he decided to slowly wean himself off of Shabbos parties. First came the Friday night events, in March of 2004. Then in the Fall, he made a commitment to no longer book any more Saturday Shabbos events as well.
But he still had to make parnassah. So he decided to convert Classic Entertainment to Azamra DJ. He became 100% Shomer Shabbos at the end of June, 2005, and hasn't looked back.
Since then, we have done over 1400 Orthodox Jewish events. Every party done has gotten rave reviews. Success in this market has enabled Jeff to be completely Shomer Shabbos, as well as not having to shlep all his own food to catering halls anymore, as these parties are all Glatt KOSHER, just like him and Azamra DJ!
Azamra's mission is to make sure your simcha is exactly what you want it to be: fun, classy, professional, energetic, leibadik, with a crew that is properly attired. The staff is of the highest caliber: clean-cut, presentable, high-energy and extremely personable. Rest assured that we will come to your event just like your friends from shul or child's yeshiva. In fact, almost all of our simcha entertainers were Jewish day-school raised. We won't seem like strangers at your simcha, but like beloved long lost friends or relatives.... who like to dance, jump around and have a great time!
Also, Azamra DJ has available an all-female crew for your simcha.
So Many People Have Asked us... "What Does Azamra Mean?"
Great question! Here's the answer:
When I first started becoming observant, and was contemplating converting my secular DJ company into an Orthodox one, I was literally teaching myself how to daven. In the hallelukahs, I kept seeing the word "Azamra". It really kept jumping out of the page at me. Artscroll translates it as "I will make music". Others translate it as "I will sing". Then when I was in a local Judaica store, I saw a Breslov booklet entitled "Azamra". I bought it and it was about always being happy, having simcha, etc.Then I came across this site...... www.azamra.org
This is what they say about the word: AZAMRA is a Hebrew word meaning "I will sing!" The keynote of all Azamra's work is the teaching of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810) based on Psalms 146:2:"Azamra! I will sing to my God as long as I live!" "The way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves.
Each good point is one more note in the song of life!"
A world in which all people recognize and honor the divine in themselves and in others
will be one of peace, harmony and true community.
That completely resonated within my soul.
Therefore, Azamra DJ was born.