Mitzi has consistently interwoven music, performance, healing, teaching, religion and spirituality throughout her career. As a singer and performer, she says “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing and performing somewhere: in friends’ backyards, in community and equity-waiver theater, in synagogues, and in New Thought churches”. After graduating California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Psychology in 1994, and to this day, Mitzi sings with the L.A.-area band, Moondance. As the lead singer, she has worked and played all over Southern California: at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the Anti-Defamation League; for the City of Hope to benefit Pediatric Cancer Awareness; at the Summer Concert Series’ in Woodland Hills, Monrovia, Marina del Rey, and in Big Bear Lake; at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, CA; in nightclubs, and of course, for countless weddings, birthdays and celebrations of every kind.
Throughout her life, Mitzi has been a student of diverse spiritual teachings. Her own spiritual and religious tradition, Judaism, deeply informs her daily life and outlook. She also draws from psycho-spiritual masters, teachers and texts throughout the ages: Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of Unity School of Christianity, Abraham Maslow, Leo Buscaglia, Eric Fromme, and Carl G. Jung; St. Francis of Assisi, Maimonides (the Rambam) and the Talmud; modern-day thinkers and teachers such as Caroline Myss, Wayne W. Dyer and Marianne Williamson. While a student at Cal State Northridge, Mitzi enrolled in the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing in Santa Monica, CA, and the world of body-mind-heart-spirit integration opened for her. She has been a Certified Massage Therapist for over 30 years and she taught Bodywork and Massage at the Institute of the Healing Arts in Van Nuys, CA.
Mitzi has served both syagogues and New Thought churches and Centers for 20+ years. For 6 years, she was the Cantorial Soloist of Congregation Makom Ohr Shalom in Encino, CA, and served this community alongside Rabbis J.B. Sacks, Toba August, Anne Brener, and the late Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, may his memory be a blessing. She has also served the communities of Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles, Adat Ari El in North Hollywood, Valley Outreach Synagogue in Henderson, NV, Congregation Beth Israel in Chico, CA and Congregation Am HaYam in Ventura, CA as a Cantorial Soloist, Junior Congregation Service Leader, and High Holyday Hazzanit/Cantor. Mitzi also sings and teaches professionally at New Thought/New Age Churches and Centers, as has served Unity-by-the-Sea in Santa Monica, CA, the Encino Community Church, and the Unity Church in Norwalk, CA, as a Featured Guest Soloist, beginning in 1994 and continuing through to the present day.
In 2014, Mitzi released her first CD, entitled “Remember Who You Are: Songs of the Spirit”. This album features all original music from the talented artists, composers and congregants of Makom Ohr Shalom. The theme of all the songs celebrates the Hebrew-and Christian Biblical virtues of love, joy, compassion and renewal.
In 2017, Mitzi earned her Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies from the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, with a concurrent Certification in Chaplaincy. Mitzi currently is a Hospice Chaplain; her service is to those at the end of life’s journey, and she ministers through the art of deep listening and compassion, sharing sacred teachings from masters of all walks of life, and of course, gently sings to people as they make their transition into the next phase of Life’s journey.
The closing lyrics of the title track of Mitzi’s CD sums up her intention for herself and all whom she encounters:
“The choice is now before you/
It’s yours and yours alone/
Will you accept your heritage/
And claim what is your own?”
Will you cast aside the shadows that keep you from your star?
Will you live the life you’re meant for?
Remember Who You Are.