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June 06, 2024 June Soul Sounds:
The Rabbi’s Family Band

  • Date
  • time Eastern Time
  • location Musicant Cohen Center for Performing Arts
    Hebrew College
    1860 Washington Stree
    Newton, MA 02466
  • cost $5-$36
  • organizer Hebrew College
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The Rabbi’s Family Band

The Rabbi’s Family Band, made up of Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer, and son Zachary Mayer, come from long lines of rabbis and cantors and bring the most beautiful and authentic nigunim— wordless melodies– to the concert stage, the dance floor or to the Sabbath table.

Steeped in tradition but with a fully modern and inclusive sense of Yiddishkeit, the trio has performed all over the world, headlining and teaching at music festivals from Cracow Poland, to Jerusalem, across Canada, and from New York to California. Their unique combination of scholarship and musical virtuosity blends Hebrew, Yiddish, Klezmer and Jazz with poignancy, humor and joy!

7:30 p.m. — Doors open. Light refreshments available
8:00 p.m. — Concert begins

Event organizational partners: Base Boston and campus partner Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts).


Purchase tickets here.

Thank you to our Series Underwriters

The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation
Kavod Boston and the Kavod Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Caucus (JOCISM)
Suzanne Priebatsch
Susan and James Snider
The William Davidson Foundation and The Wexner Foundation


Our Performers

sruli-lisaMulti-instrumentalists and vocalists Lisa Mayer and Sruli Dresdner play the clarinet, violin, accordion, bass recorder, cello and drum, and perform and teach Klezmer and Hasidic music and dance all over the country. They have been called “Superb musicians!” by the Los Angeles Times.

They have performed live on Polish National Television and Radio, were the featured Klezmer performers on PBS-TV’s “Another Mitzvah,” performed the klezmer soundtrack for the Showtime Movie “The Devil’s Arithmetic,”and frequently perform live on National Public Radio. Sruli and Lisa played sold-out runs of both “A Klezmer’s Tale” and “Kids and Yiddish” at the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre with Zalmen Mlotek which the New York Times called “Warm, tuneful and sprightly!”

zachary-mayerZach Mayer brings people together through the power of spiritual wordless melodies, rooted in Jewish tradition called nigunim. Zach channels his family lineage of four-generations of cantors before him, as he guides communities around the world in pursuing their own joyous voices in song.

Singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher, Mayer has over 35 million hits on YouTube for his “Subway Sax Battle,” and has performed with John Zorn, Frank London, Michael Alpert, Joey Weisenberg, and Bobby McFerrin. He performs internationally with Zion80, a 10-piece Jewish Afrobeat band inspired by the music of Shlomo Carlebach, and his folk sextet, Night Tree, has toured internationally and has released two albums produced by Seamus Egan of SOLAS.

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