I can’t remember NOT singing and performing.
It began in my parents’ backyard.
It continued at local Los Angeles Parks and Rec, and moved on to middle school, high school and the Santa Monica Playhouse.
When I became a Bat Mitzvah, the cantor of my synagogue sat down while I stood up on the Bimah and chanted the Shabbat service liturgy, evening and morning, and the Torah service.
Around age 15, I began reading in earnest, Abraham Maslow, Leo Buscaglia, and Eric Fromme.
Then I found Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere, and the Healing Light Center Church in Glendale, CA. At 20, I began formal training and study in psycho-structural balancing (bodywork) at The Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. For the next 15 years, I was a Massage Therapist, singing my way through my studies at Cal State University Northridge (which led to a B.A. in Psychology) at Unity By The Sea in Santa Monica and The Encino Community Church. I’ve also lead my own band for the past 18 years.
Finally, at the age of 27, I began moving back towards my own religious and spiritual tradition. I found Makom Ohr Shalom, and really, Makom has never NOT been in my life since then. For 10 years, I was a happy congregant, singing in the choir, participating in the weekly Torah study, soaking up Judaism’s mystical teachings and traditions (Kabbalah). After the birth of my first child, I began working with Cantor Evan Kent at Temple Isaiah and singing in the Jazz Shabbatot there under the musical leadership of Steve Fox. Judaism was calling me back. I’ve since worked at Adat Ari El in North Hollywood, Sinai Temple in Westwood, CA, and I served Congregation Beth Israel in Chico, CA during the High Holydays of 2006 and 2007 as their Cantorial Soloist.
I am currently pursuing a degree in Chaplaincy from the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA. This feels so right to me: I am combining my love of healing, music, religion and spirituality into a cohesive whole. I take seriously the title of my new CD: Remember Who You Are.
Finally, I, too, am remembering who I am! This lyric from the title song of the CD says it all:
“The choice is now before you/
It’s yours and yours alone/
Will you accept your heritage/
And claim what is your own?”
I believe the world will be a better, kinder, more gentle and healing place when we all wake up and remember who we are!