Selected Speakers and Guests

Jane Taves | Marilyn and Sheila Brass | Allison Berry | Lisa Marcus Jones | Judith Rosenbaum | Sue Horowitz


Jane Taves

Jane Taves will be our guest speaker from Women of Reform Judiasm. Jane is the WRJ Vice President of Advocacy, Marketing, and Communications and a member of Temple Beth El Sisterhood in Madison, Wisconsin.


Marilynn and Sheila Brass – cookbook authors, television producers, and stars of the kooky PBS cooking show The Food Flirts – will delight us with tales of their combined 132 years of baking and cooking experience. To learn more about the award-winning Brass Sisters, visit their website


Friday night services will be held at Temple Beth Shalom (Needham). Saturday services will be led by Rabbi Allison Berry and Cantorial Soloist Lisa Marcus Jones. Rabbi Berry is co-senior rabbi at Temple Shalom (Newton), and is passionately committed to the temple's welcoming and inclusive nature. Rabbi Berry is also a trained classical vocalist. (Read a Shabbat talk by Rabbi Berry about Israel and a visit to the Kotel with Women of the Wall.)


Lisa Marcus Jones serves Congregation B’nai Shalom (Westborough) as cantorial soloist, choir director and founder/arranger of a 14-piece T’filah band. She also performs with the Jewish music group "Sanctuary," and freelances as an accompanist, music transcriptionist, and arranger. (Listen to some of her tracks.) 


Judith Rosenbaum is Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.


Concert by Sue Horowitz & Friends (EJ Cohen and Lisa Marcus Jones)

Sue Horowitz is a singer-songwriter, and has shared her music all over North America at congregations, concert venues, and conferences. Her three Jewish CDs have their roots in liturgy, values, and Torah. Here's a cut of Sue's Peace Song, from her album "Notes from the Garrison."