I want to give a special Todah Rabbah to Lisa Iskin who has volunteered her music and cantorial services to Beth Ami during the pandemic. Many have gotten to know Lisa through her involvement with Friday night Zoom services, and this may have been their first connection with Lisa. But Lisa has been involved in the Jewish community for over 30 years as a cantorial soloist and service leader throughout the Bay area. She provides her talents to three other Jewish organizations every week as well as to Beth Ami.
I first got to know Lisa when she came to teach songs to our Religious school students over seven years ago, and before that at some Rockin’ Shabbat Friday night services and dinner events, and through the years have continued to discover her warmth, energy, talent and deep spirituality: it is felt by all who hear her sing, whether in person or on Zoom.
Lisa is a professional musician who has a successful career and has supported herself through her music. She’s a talented songwriter, singer and guitar player who has worked with famous artists and bands all over the country, specializing in folk, bluegrass and country music since the 1970s.
Lisa has attended the morning Rashi class and led evening minyan services for CBA Monday and Wednesday nights for just shy of 3 years. She has collaborated with Rabbi Miller on many Friday night services, and has been a big part of the daily lives of those who attend regularly on Zoom. As the world has opened back up, the opportunities to share her talents with others has also increased and Lisa has decided to pursue other opportunities sharing her musical talents with the Jewish and secular world. She will pass the reins to Leah Gerber, the talented young Sonoma native she has introduced us to on many special occasions. Lisa will still be here on occasion, as a guest artist and leader. Her heart and our hearts will forever be connected.
Thank you, Lisa, for your service to our community. May there be many blessings of good health, prosperity and peace for you and yours for many years to come.
On March 24th, please join us for a special Friday night Shabbat Zoom service at 6 pm. The CBA Zoom link is available on the CBA calendar.
L’hitraot v’ kol tov