About Ein Lanu Z’man
About Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey, Musical Director
Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Hazzan Dienstfrey has participated in Jewish musical activities since she was seven years old and sang in her synagogue’s children’s choir – recruited by her father, Dr. Michael Linver, the choir’s director. Since then, Hazzan Dienstfrey has toured Europe with the U.S. National Chorus, obtained a dual degree in Music and Religious Studies from Occidental College, studied at Hebrew University and the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, worked as a cantor at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York City, and graduated from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Hazzan Dienstfrey has served as Hazzan of Agudas Achim Congregation since July, 2000. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Tobias, and her beautiful children: Margalit, Akiva, Dassi, and Lev.
Dan Gordon (Violin, Vocals) plays the violin that once belonged to his grandfather, who inspired Dan to pick up the instrument as an 8-year-old in Normal, Illinois. He also has been singing longer than he can remember. In November 2011, Dan started as the communications associate at the National Immigration Forum, and he is a Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Young Leader and a community organizer for Jews United for Justice. He married Liz Kaplan in September 2011, and the two of them enjoy contra and swing dancing, particularly at Glen Echo Park.
Kevin Danna (Bass, Guitar, Percussion) has studied and trained in both classical and jazz styles since he was 7. He studied percussion with jazz drummer Vic Holveck, and classical and jazz guitar and electric bass with Christopher Braddock. He performed and recorded with the Penn State–Altoona Jazz Band and was also a member of and performed and recorded with the Penn State Blue Band drum line.
Kevin makes his living as an engineer in lighting design. He also performs and records with the jazz group The Rodger French Trio.
Julia Moline (Viola, Piano, Mandolin, Vocals) grew up at Agudas Achim. She began studying music at a very young age: playing piano at age 5 and violin at age 8. In high school, she studied with Sheldon Lampert of the National Symphony Orchestra and picked up the viola. Julia played in the Columbia University Bach Society and a number of chamber groups, and has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Currently, she plays violin and viola with the Friends and Family Chamber Orchestra. Julia’s day job is as a civil engineer specializing in emergency management and hazard mitigation with Dewberry.
Randy Stein (English Concertina, Harmonica, Vocals) is a classically trained musician who studied the English concertina with the famed Matusewitch Brothers, Boris and Sergei. A former circus acrobat and founding member of the Big Apple Circus, Randy has performed solo and with orchestras and groups across the USA and Canada in festivals and theaters including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He performed on stage in the Broadway musical Carmelina, and the Off Broadway show Modigliani. Randy has recorded with various artists including John Lennon and Yoko Ono on their album Double Fantasy. Currently Randy is also performing and recording with the jazz group The Rodger French Trio.
Rich Albert (Guitar, Viola, Vocals) has been a member of Agudas Achim since 2002. Raised in a family of talented pianists and singers, Rich started piano and viola lessons at age 7 and has performed in public recitals, concerts and private events as a soloist and accompanist on both instruments. For several years, Rich was a violist with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and, before that, the JCC Symphony Orchestra in Rockville, MD. Rich learned to play
guitar while in law school, just for fun, and played both guitar and viola with Yedid DC, an organization that sponsored monthly Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat programs with live music. Rich lives in Alexandria with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Aviva and Micha.
Vic Tynes (Electric Bass, Guitar, Vocals)
is a largely self-taught musician, though he studied clarinet and saxophone in elementary, junior and senior high schools. At age 13 he began self-study of guitar and bass (owing to his love of the Beatles). He has performed in a variety of venues, including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. His early credits include a stint with the hit soul group the Unifics during its heyday in the late 1960s. A retired federal government attorney, Vic returned from a twenty-year hiatus in musical performance in the early 1990s and hasn’t stopped since.
Rachel Hamberger (Vocals) is a third-generation member of Agudas Achim. She studied music starting at the age of 4. She fell in love with choral singing in grade school and continued through college. Rachel has performed in a variety of venues including Carnegie Hall; historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia, and at the Naval Academy. After graduating from college, Rachel took a break from singing, but she is thrilled to be back and performing with such a wonderful group! During the day, Rachel is a preschool autism class teacher in Fairfax County.