Scotch and Schmooze at the Vilna Shul

January 28, 2016 $36.00

Do you live or work near Beacon Hill? Are you a businessperson, entrepreneur, lawyer, retailer, newly arrived in Boston or otherwise just looking to network?

Come. Drink. Nosh. Network. As we like to say, “We’ll bring the scotch, you bring the schmooze.”

Join the Vilna Shul for a fun evening of Scotch & Schmooze, our networking happy hour event. Meet fellow members of the Beacon Hill and downtown business community, friends in the neighborhood and patrons of the Vilna. Co-sponsored by Jewish Venture Mentoring Services, this program will feature a short panel about some interesting new companies and the panelists’ paths to success.

JVMS Founder Rony Shapiro along with David Benaim, Sigma Prime Ventures and CTO at Mobile Messaging Solutions, plus other JVMS mentors will be present from 5:00-6:00 to discuss ideas and pitches from entrepreneurs and would-be start-up starters at what is planned to be a regular mentoring event at the Vilna.

After the events concludes at 7:30 PM, Vilna Executive Director Barnet Kessel will give a tour of the historic Vilna building.

$36 includes appetizers and drinks.
Please register at

Hosted by:
Ken Handler, Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Jonathan Plaut Partner, Cohan Rasnick Myerson Plaut LLP

The panel will feature:
Matt Zisow is the founder and CEO of Scratch (, an on-demand personal shopping app. Before founding Scratch 18 months ago, Matt worked at CustomMade (where he was COO), Berkshire Partners and McKinsey. He lives in Newton with his wife and 3 kids.

Josef Blumenfeld a communications pro that recently launch EdTech180, a PR firm specializing in the EdTech industry.

Rebecca Liebman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnLux, a financial literacy company that has been recognized nationally, most recently by Forbes 30 Under 30.

Jack Swartz is the founder of Converge, a seed and early stage fund providing capital and connections for tech entrepreneurs focusing on software, internet, digital media, SAAS, cloud, mobile and other cutting-edge information technology ventures in Boston, New England, and New York City. Our investment interest is in seed rounds to early Series A in a fast, seamless process. Through our extensive network of Venture Partners, we can offer valuable support and connections for customers, partners and key new hires.

The Vilna is a bustling cultural center located inside a nearly 100-year old synagogue building, the last of its kind in Boston. We are T accessible and $5 validated parking is available at 165 Charles Street (Charles River Plaza underground parking garage, next to Au Bon Pain – NOT the Whole Foods lot). All are welcome!

Event Location: The Vilna Shul
18 Phillips St Boston, MA, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114

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Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$36.00 Admission

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