Jacob grew up in a musical family, learning Western classical piano since the age of 8. He later performed as principal oboist and English horn player in area and college orchestras. Jacob became fascinated by Indian music after performing bhangra and raas in high school and college, and formed the fusion band “HinJew Productions” with Bharath Krishnamurthy, a fellow SAPAN member, at the University of Virginia. The band performed at events in the DC metro area and were featured at a “A Jewish-Hindu Evening of Exploration,” an interfaith dialogue event at an area synagogue. Jacob’s passion for exploration led him to further engage with Indian culture and traditions while working on a grassroots development project through the American Jewish World Service outside Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Outside of his job as a consultant, Jacob enjoys learning languages, traveling, rock climbing, and occasional Lego building sessions.