Scotch and Schmooze at the Vilna Shul

When: Thursday, January 28 2016, 6:00 pm

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Do you live or work near Beacon Hill?  Are you a businessperson, entrepreneur, lawyer, retailer, newly arrived in Boston or otherwise just looking to network?

Come. Drink. Nosh. Network. As we like to say, “We’ll bring the scotch, you bring the schmooze.”


Join the Vilna Shul for a fun evening of Scotch & Schmooze, our networking happy hour event. Meet fellow members of the Beacon Hill and downtown business community, friends in the neighborhood and patrons of the Vilna. Co-sponsored by Jewish Venture Mentoring Services, this program will feature a short panel about some interesting new companies and the panelists' paths to success.

JVMS Founder Rony Shapiro along with David Benaim, Sigma Prime Ventures and CTO at Mobile Messaging Solutions, plus other JVMS mentors will be present from 5:00-6:00 to discuss ideas and pitches from entrepreneurs and would-be start-up starters at what is planned to be a regular mentoring event at the Vilna.

After the events concludes at 7:30 PM, Vilna Executive Director Barnet Kessel will give a tour of the historic Vilna building.  


The panel will feature:

Matt Zisow is the founder and CEO of Scratch (, an on-demand personal shopping app.  Before founding Scratch 18 months ago, Matt worked at CustomMade (where he was COO), Berkshire Partners and McKinsey.  He lives in Newton with his wife and 3 kids.



Josef Blumenfeld a communications pro that recently launch EdTech180, a PR firm specializing in the EdTech industry.  







Rebecca Liebman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnLux, a financial literacy company that has been recognized nationally, most recently by Forbes 30 Under 30.






Jack Swartz is the founder of Converge, a seed and early stage fund providing capital and connections for tech entrepreneurs focusing on software, internet, digital media, SAAS, cloud, mobile and other cutting-edge information technology ventures in Boston, New England, and New York City. Our investment interest is in seed rounds to early Series A in a fast, seamless process. Through our extensive network of Venture Partners, we can offer valuable support and connections for customers, partners and key new hires.





$36 includes appetizers and drinks. 


Hosted by:
Ken Handler, Managing Director, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Jonathan Plaut Partner, Cohan Rasnick Myerson Plaut LLP


Co-sponsored by Jewish Mentoring Services. 

Registration is now closed for this event. Walk-ins welcome. 


Public Transit, Driving, and Walking Directions:

The closest T subway stop is Charles/MGH. Validated parking is also available for $5 per car is available nearby and ONLY for the underground parking at the Charles River Plaza/ Cambridge Street Garage at 165 Cambridge Street nearby. Please be advised that drivers must validate their green parking ticket at the Vilna Shul for validated parking.

For detailed directions to the Vilna, please click the following link to our Hours, Directions, and Parking page of our website. If you have any questions, email or call (617) 523-2324.

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