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The Magic of Music and Its Healing Powers

A Way to Reach People with Cognitive Issues

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musical note orange  Do you play an instrument, sing in a choir, or just join in with the songs on your car radio? You may not even realize the positive effects that music is having on your brain!

musical note orange  Did you know that making music has been shown to synchronize the mind and can serve as a "full-body work out for the brain?"

musical note orange  Did you know that music seems to be retained in the brain differently than other sorts of cognition such as memory and language and can be accessed as a form of communication when other avenues are lost?

musical note orange  Do you know someone with memory issues or signs of cognitive challenges who would benefit from this discussion?

Our guest speaker will be the amazing Carol Rosenstein, who founded Music Mends Minds (MMM) in 2014 when her husband Irwin, a successful lawyer, world traveler, and lover of show tunes, began slipping away after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. You'll hear about Carol’s amazing discoveries about the power of music and how she has been the force behind the establishment of MMM orchestras, bands, and choirs around the globe! John Kander, co-Executive Director, will be joining Carol, to discuss MMM not only as medicine for the mind,  but as a public health initiative, as well.

Carol and John will be joined by Temple Emanuel member Myra Lurie, who co-founded an MMM band in Beverly Hills. Also on hand will be Adele Plotkin, an MMM board member and spouse of the conductor of the "flagship" MMM band.

Please join us--whether you or a loved one can benefit from an MMM program or whether you are just fascinated by the link between music and the brain.

Carol is an educator and a pioneer in holistic and mind-body health. She partnered with neurologists and music therapists to form MMM when she witnessed the joy and sense of confidence her late husband Irwin, experienced when he returned to playing the piano after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

John Kander has joined the staff of MMM as co-executive director. John has an extensive background as a media executive and consultant. He has created and produced television shows such as Hiring America, a television talk show for military vets transitioning to civilian careers and The Best Medicine, a web comedy series for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

John also developed and produced television shows and motion pictures for CBS entertainment and informational programming for NBC/Universal Studios Theme Parks, Discovery Networks, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Institute of Health, and the Harvard School of Public Health.  He’s also served as community leader in a variety of nonprofit roles for Care Harbor, People for the American Way and Gould Center for Humanities.


Myra Lurie is the co-founder of the MUSIC MENDS MINDS band, the Beverly Hills Treble Makers, which has been engaging and delighted seniors afflicted with cognitive decline every Tuesday afternoon at Roxbury Park for the last four and a half years. 

Adele is the wife of the late 95 year-young Conductor of our flagship band, the Fifth Dementia, which meets every Wednesday from 1-2 pm at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church.  

Steven Weinglass was born and raised in New Jersey, and began performing music professionally at the age of 16. His first performances were at the Jersey shore. Mr. Weinglass studied at Berklee College of Music and became bassist/vocalist and music director for such acts as; Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, The Four Tops, Bill Haley’s Comets, Crosswind, Restless, Michael and the Little Professors, among many others. During his teens he was deeply influenced by his brother's work in the peace movement of the Sixties who went on to defend The Chicago 8, The Pentagon Papers' Daniel Elsberg, Jane Fonda, and most recently, The Cuban 5. In recent years, Mr. Weinglass has become a music supervisor on film, produced music and had his songs placed in TV shows. Currently he has come back to his roots and is out performing music again. Mr. Weinglass is also serving as Commissioner of The Public Works Dept. for the city of Beverly Hills, CA., and has served on that commission for the past four years (serving the last year as the Chairman).

To read an article about Music Mends Minds, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
Temple Isaiah - Sanctuary
10345 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  90064

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Jeanette Macht
310-592-0321 (c)
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