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Beged Kefet
Beged Kefet is: Rabbi Les Bronstein, Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Cantor Riki Lippitz, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Beth Sher, and Cantor Leon Sher.

Beged Kefet is a musical tzedakah-collective, donating the proceeds from their performances and recordings to Myriam's Dream, in order to carry on Myriam Mendilow's dedication to preserving human dignity and promoting understanding and respect for all people. Beged Kefet seeks to awaken human hearts and minds to the unique value of every human being, and to raise funds to support programs that translate this ideal into action.

Myriam's Dream was established in memory of Myriam Mendilow, an Israeli schoolteacher disheartened by the lack of respect and understanding her students exhibited toward the elderly, especially the elderly poor. Myriam created workshops in Jerusalem, employing the elderly and disabled to bind books, create beautiful handiwork, and share lessons learned across a lifetime. After Myriam died, Myriam's Dream was founded to further her vision, raising funds to support projects worldwide that advance human dignity, promote respect for the elderly and disabled, and preserve the valuable heritage of the old teaching the young.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin is the Director of Lifelong Jewish Learning for JECEI. She has also served as Director of Programming for Synagogue 2000. She received cantorial investiture from Hebrew Union College, has served as Cantor/Educator in White Plains, New York, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland, and at Chavurat Tikvah in Rye, NY. She has also served as Associate Dean of Hebrew Union College in NY, and travels to various synagogues as Scholar in Residence.

Rabbi Billy Dreskin grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Brandeis. He received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College, has served as Rabbi at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, Ohio, and is now the Rabbi at Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, New York. He is also one of the composers of the off-Broadway musical comedy, Personals.

Beth Sher is a partner with the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch. She attended Brandeis University, and received her Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law. She has taught religious school students from kindergarten to eighth grade, and at the URJ Camps Kutz and Harlam. She serves as a cantorial leader for the Brandeis University High Holy Day Reform Community.

Cantor Leon Sher was invested as a Cantor in 2003 at Hebrew Union College in New York. He attended both Brandeis University and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He performs with the Kol Dodi Midrasha Community Chorale of Northern New Jersey, and has served as a cantorial leader for the Brandeis University High Holy Day Reform Congregation.

Cantor Erica Lippitz serves as Cantor of Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange, New Jersey. In 1987, she became one of the first women invested as Hazzan by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Riki has performed and taught Jewish music nationally as a soloist and songleader. She is the co-founder of the Kol Dodi Midrasha Community Chorale and the annual Cantors Institute Choral Festival.

Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller is a professor at the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music in New York where she was invested in 1986. Her work involves training cantorial students to bridge the gap between performance and spiritual leadership. Benjie is also the Cantor at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains where her husband, Lester Bronstein, serves as Rabbi.

Rabbi Lester Bronstein serves as Rabbi of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, New York. He earned ordination from Hebrew Union College in 1986. He specializes in adapting traditional models of Jewish study and prayer for contemporary needs, emphasizing the importance of critical questioning in the search for Jewish spirituality. Les is a founding member and former officer of CAJE.

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