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An evening of jazz, folk and contemporary music 

Saturday, March 23

8:00 PM

at Brothers Drake Meadery

26 E. 5th Ave., Columbus

Tickets: $25/person

Music by Cantors Bat-Ami Moses, Danielle Bensimhon, and Jennie Chabon


Mark Rubinstein - Piano
Bradley Mellen - Bass
Mike Yonchak - Percussion


Cantor Danielle Bensimhon

Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Cantor Danielle Bensimhon has called Palm Beach Gardens her home and Temple Beth David her family for over seven years now.  

Cantor Bensimhon studied music and gender studies at Oberlin College, and she earned both an MA in Sacred Music as well as in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Prior to her arrival at TBD, Cantor Bensimhon held pulpits in New York at the Actor's Temple, in Philadelphia with Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, in Long Island with the Midway Jewish Center, and in Cleveland with Congregation Bethaynu.  
Cantor Bensimhon strives to engage, inspire, and uplift the Jewish soul through prayer and song.  She has helped coordinate and lead the first vibrant Women's Seders and meaningful Healing services of the Jewish Theological Seminary, in synagogues throughout the New York region, and has presented on both at various national conventions.  Her signature Bima Band, composed of volunteer congregants and Temple children "rocks the house" wherever she is and currently rocks out at TBD frequently at Shabbat Jams and Shabbos Soul.  And, if you’re walking along Juno Beach in south Florida and you happen to hear singing and see dancing, COME check out her TBD Beach Shabbats!
Passionate about chaplaincy, Cantor Bensimhon worked in and outside of New York City hospitals such as Beth Israel Medical Center, Roosevelt/St. Lukes, and the Jewish Home and Hospital of Manhattan, providing spiritual guidance, support, and religious services. Yoga and meditation are her daily practices and rescued golden retrievers her loves. But, at the end of the day, her daughter Lila Rina holds the key to her heart. 


Cantor Jennie Chabon

A Berkeley native, Cantor Chabon has been the cantor of Congregation B'nai Tikvah since 2004.  She found her path to the cantorate and her passion for Yiddishkeit when she was living in Israel for two years after college graduation.  While in cantorial school, Cantor Chabon discovered a deep love of liturgy and the desire to make prayer accessible to all. Since coming to B'nai Tikvah, she has recorded three albums of Shabbat music with her band, Shir Joy.  Cantor Chabon is currently a rabbinical student at The Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles, where she is deepening her love of Judaism and her commitment to the Jewish community through her studies. Cantor Chabon is an avid yoga practitioner and loves cooking, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.  She lives in Oakland with her husband Steve and their three sons: Ezra, Levi and Judah.


Cantor Bat-Ami Moses

Cantor Bat-Ami Moses is delighted to be living in Columbus, Ohio and serving Temple Israel. A native of Los Angeles, she received her investiture from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with a Masters of Sacred Music in 2007. She also holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and an M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of New York. Before coming to Columbus, she served in several pulpits including the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York and the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, NY.  She is a member of both the Cantor's Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, and has been a  participant in the Institute of Jewish Spirituality's cohort of Rabbis and Cantors. 

Cantor Moses has been a guest artist, prayer leader and scholar in residence at synagogues throughout the country. She was highlighted in a series called "Creating Soulful Worship," along with Craig Taubman and Joey Wiesenberg, and has performed with other Jewish artists such as Billy Jonas, Dan Nichols Rick Recht and Shira Kline. She can be heard on many recordings and CDs such as, "Kol Bat-Ami" and "Bo Nashir, Come Sing With Me!" her original Jewish kids music. She can also be heard on three musical compilations produced by the Cantors Assembly,  "The BEST OF SERIES of Jewish Children's music, Hope and Healing, and Simcha and Celebration."  

It is Cantor Moses' passion and vision to elevate people to their own prayer and healing through the languages of music and liturgy intertwined. She is married to Rabbi Jay Moses, who is the Vice President of the Wexner Foundation and is the proud mother of two sons, Caleb and Ezekiel.


Bradley Mellen

Bassist and cellist Bradley Mellen has been an active member of the Columbus, Ohio music scene for over a decade.  His lyrical, inquisitive approach to both bass lines and melodies, combined with his versatility and wide-ranging interests, have kept him working with a great variety of musical projects in that time.  Recent appearances have included recurring engagements with virtuoso pianist Tony Hagood, fusion jazz guitarist Alex Schrock, international vocalist Laura Camara, Ohio State University director of Jazz Studies Shawn Wallace, and latin-jazz group Clave Sonic.  Other associations have included adding his musical voice to the unique world-jazz-fusion of Hans Utter's Chakra, navigating the challenging original compositions of Ken Messer's Phoenix Project, accompanying local vocalist favorites Dwight Lenox and Brian Smith, and filling in with the adventurous Mark Lomax Trio, amongst many others.  He has also occasionally appeared with his own group, the Brad Mellen Quartet, with which he often explores his interest in re-envisioning compelling tunes from soundtracks, popular artists, and other sources in a jazz setting, as well as performing some of his own compositions. Bradley holds a Bachelor's degree in composition and jazz studies from the Ohio State University, and a Master's degree in jazz performance from Purchase College in New York.


Mark Rubinstein

Mark Rubinstein is the audio engineer for the School of Music at The Ohio State University, where he oversees recording activities and teaches courses in audio production. Career highlights include performances with legendary jazz flutist Herbie Mann, seminal jazz bassist Eddie Gomez, klezmer juggernaut Big Galut(e), saxophonist Bunky Green, and European tours with critically acclaimed songwriters Dirk Hamilton and George Carver.  Mark continues to be an active freelance musician and recording engineer/producer.


Michael Yonchak

Michael Yonchak maintains an active schedule as a freelance percussionist and drum set specialist in the Columbus area. He has performed for Ohio Governors Ted Strickland and John Kasich, opened for percussionist Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), and with composer/saxophonist Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets) and composer/trombonist John Fedchock (New York Big Band). Michael can be seen performing in solo recital appearances and with a wide range of local groups, such as the Otterbein University "Redbird" Faculty Jazz Combo, Acoustic Edge (contemporary country), and flamenco dancer Griset Damas-Roche of UWillDance Studio (Plain City, OH). 

Michael is an endorsee for Vic Firth, Inc., and Finnegan Hill Irish Percussion. Follow him on Instagram through @rock_scholar.

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