FOBI Annual Campaign

FOBI Annual Campaign 2018-04-17T16:04:38+00:00

The Friends of Beth Israel (FOBI) annual campaign is in its 17th year and was started by Bernard Pinsky and Gary Romalis z’l. FOBI supports our programs and services and has helped raise over $900,000 to date. Donations at any level are appreciated.

We invite donors of $1000 or more to join us on May 13, at 6:30 pm for the President’s Recognition Reception and Dinner. This special evening will include performances by emerging local Jewish jazz singer, Maya Rae. CBC Music recently listed Maya in their ’35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35’. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening and we would love to see you there.

The event will continue with a concert by Maya Rae and reception in honour of our past Executive Director, Shannon Etkin.

To support FOBI and find out more about different categories of giving please contact Tovah at or 604-731-4161 x 106.

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Click Here To Purchase Tickets To The Maya Rae Concert


“Maya Rae already has an impressive grasp of the jazz form, and she’s determined to make this classic style speak to kids her own age”

– The Georgia Straight

One of Canada’s Top 35 Jazz Artists Under 35 (CBC)   “…a supremely gifted artist who is able to phrase like Sarah Vaughan but write a lyric like Joni Mitchell”

– CBC Music

Prodigious young talents performing jazz music and the American Songbook have gone back to the beginnings of the genre – artists like Ella Fitzgerald and even Judy Garland were blowing away listeners of all ages with their talent, incredible tone and sense of swing from their teenage years and beyond.

This phenomenon has led to an ongoing output of incredible female singers over the decades, that continues today with Vancouver-based, 16 year-old singer, musician and composer, Maya Rae. Maya is inspired by musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and The Beatles, and modern-day artists like Jamie Cullum, Megan Trainor, Ed Sheeran, and Adele. This is not uncommon with singers today – growing up in an iTunes or Spotify generation, young artists can find themselves listening to a compilation of hundreds of songs from dozens of genres, all in one session. It has led to a generation that is blind to genre or musical confines – the key is to find a balance in these influences, allowing the listener a musical experience and journey in concert that is entertaining and enlightening. In her short career as a performer, Maya has found that balance and is becoming a meaningful storyteller on the stage.

Maya has performed on many stages and venues including The Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz Vespers, Pyatt Hall and Blue Frog Studios. She has shared the stage with prominent artists and musicians such as Cecile Larochelle, Tim Tamashiro, Jodi Proznick, Tilden Webb, Luis Giraldo, Jesse Cahill, Eli Bennett, Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, Jaclyn Guillou, Miles Black, Cory Weeds, Andre Lachance, Vince Mai, Joel Fountain, Dave Sikula and many more.

As a part of Maya’s stories to her listeners, there has always been a priority to speak for youth and peers that have faced barriers and personal difficulties in their life.

Maya says, “I am trying to write songs that convey a message of self-love and female empowerment. My songs speak about my experiences throughout high school and as a teenage girl, and the various struggles that adolescents encounter in their daily lives. The main message that I want to get across to my listeners is to promote one’s authenticity and to bring hope and empowerment to those who listen.”

Maya’s first album, recorded when she was just 14 and entitled Sapphire Birds, was released to huge acclaim on Vancouver-based, international jazz label Cellar live, in 2017.   She is in studio now, working with her musical director Miles Black and a team of musicians and co-writers to complete her sophomore album for release later in 2018.

2 albums of original songs and fresh arrangements of jazz and pop standards, all by the age of 16.

Joining Maya  are a talented group of Vancouver based musicians including:

Miles Black – Piano and Musical Director

Andre Lachance – Acoustic Bass

Joel Fountain – Drums

Eli Bennett – Saxophone

Vince Mai – Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Lauren Michelle – Background Vocals

Siobhan Walsh – Background Vocals