American gospel singer and Hebrew teacher Joshua Nelson leads the Kosher Gospel Singers at a tribute to Mahalia Jackson at Central Park”

“Gospel” and “Jewish music” tend to be mutually exclusive, but Joshua Nelson—an African-American Jew raised in an Orthodox household—has fused the two together, and attached a label that gives his sound instant cachet: Kosher Gospel.”

Joshua Nelson is a black Jew who sings Kosher gospel music. “You hear ‘kosher gospel,’ and you’re like, ‘What is this, Jews for Jesus?’ ” he said. “But I take everything from more of a cultural background than a religious standpoint.””