Lori Lippitz (Vocalist, Guitarist) is the founder and manager of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, which has toured the US and Europe and recorded six CDs. After studying Slavic Languages and Literature at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago, she worked at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations in the 1980s as Midwest College Outreach Coordinator before turning to a career in Jewish music.
Since 1978, she has served as a Cantorial Soloist at several congregations including the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (Evanston), at Temple Chai (Long Grove), at Ezra Habonim-Niles Township Jewish Congregation (Skokie), and at DePaul University (Chicago).
Under the auspices of the Klezmer Music Foundation, Lori started the Junior Klezmer Orchestra, mentoring young people in klezmer music and Yiddish songs. Among her other current Klezmer Music Foundation projects, she manages three congregational klezmer bands as well as the Salaam-Shalom Music Project.