Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein, singer/pianist Lisa Yves, guitarist Adam Dehner and author Dr. Ruth Nemzoff intertwine music and stories to explore how music unites and transforms communities. Music excites. Music brings beauty. Music also socializes. With music we share our aspirations. We build community. We explore our own emotions. We invite you to join us to explore these questions and more in this thought provoking musical event.
Adam Dehner is a professional musician and educator. As one of the founding members of the Jewish rock band Yom Hadash and now with Jodi Blankstein, Adam has been in the Jewish music business for more than ten years. Adam gives guitar lessons in the Newton area after he finishes his responsibilities as a teacher of students with special needs in the Boston Public Schools. When not teaching, playing music, or doting on his amazing wife and two young boys, you can find Adam surfing or sitting by fire roasting marshmallows.
Cantorial Soloist Jodi Blankstein received her certificate in Jewish liturgical music from Hebrew College in June of 2010. Over the past eight years, Jodi has served as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Habonim in Barrington, RI, Temple Emanuel in Andover, and the Beth El Temple Center in Belmont. Today, in addition to her role as the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford, Jodi can be heard leading the Temple Beth Elohim community in Wellesley in song and prayer. Prior to her Cantorial work, Jodi attended Lesley College where she received her degree in Elementary Education. After teaching elementary school for ten years, Jodi started her journey in sacred music while raising her two children. Immersing herself in her Cantorial role has enabled Jodi to combine her love of teaching and spiritual song. Jodi lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her husband Jim and their son Zachary. Daughter Sydney is a sophomore in college. Please visit her website to hear samples of her music.
Lisa Yves holds a BA in Jazz vocal performance from NYU where she once performed with Harry Connick Jr. She was also part of the Lehman Engel Musical Theater workshop at BMI. She has been teaching voice for over 20 years and is well known locally and nationally for her “Jazz For Kids” Program. Lisa currently teaches pop singing techniques in Boston, MA and performs regularly all around the Boston area at concert halls, senior centers, libraries, and schools. Lisa was a finalist in the 2004 Boston Popsearch. She is also the star of the Canadian reality show, Rocker moms along with her all mom rock band, HRT. Her songs have been licensed by the TV series “Blue Bloods,” Sony/BMG and the movie “Green River.” Her CDs have sold worldwide.
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is the author of “Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children” and “Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family.” She is a former assistant minority leader of the New Hampshire legislature and former Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare in that state. She was also the advice columnist for Jewish Journal Massachusetts, and Seesaw column of Forward.com. While a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote an historical analysis of the “Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities.” She has also published articles about environmental advertising, women in politics, and Jewish intermarriage.
About Vilna Shul:
The Vilna Shul is the last immigrant era synagogue building that exists in downtown Boston. Located in historic Beacon Hill, the Vilna currently operates as a cultural center and museum celebrating Jewish culture and its intersection with other cultures.
Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm and on weekends. Parking validation is only good for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/ Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street. Entrance to the underground garage is between the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center (Whole Foods/CVS) and Au Bon Pain, near the intersection of Blossom St and Cambridge St. Yellow tickets from the surface lot at Whole Foods cannot be validated.
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114
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