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Avi Lesser

Avi Lesser

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It takes a certain kind of bravery to share your personal challenges with just anyone, but Avi Lesser travels the world fearlessly telling his story to strangers. Avi is a global ambassador for Keshet, sharing how the organization has helped him live a more meaningful, independent life - as well as his musical gifts. 

Avi loves an audience. He's a lead singer and performs in a jug band. He's opened for Foreigner and The Temptations and once sang solo at the Grand Ole Opry in front of a crowd of 5,000 people.

When he's not on tour, Avi works for and supports numerous local Jewish organizations. He's a library assistant at Solomon Schechter Day School, sits on Keshet's junior board and is actively involved with JCC Camp Chi and Alpha Epsilon Pi.

AGE:
32

PRIMARY GIG:
Solomon Schechter Day School library assistant, Keshet ambassador & Perk Center Cafe cashier

ON THE SIDE:
I am a lead vocalist, jug band member, music enthusiast of Irish, opera, bluegrass and Israeli music.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS:
Single

YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
When something is hard to deal with, GO WITH THE FLOW!!!!!!!!!!

IF TIME AND MONEY WERE LIMITLESS, I WOULD:
I would own and run a restaurant with international cuisine.

CHICAGO'S JEWISH COMMUNITY IN 10 YEARS:
There would be housing for anybody who has a disability that needs it!

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