Sad news…the passing of Lisa Fishbein

January 29, 2008 at 8:42 pm 12 comments

Lisa Fishbein, a member, friend, and inspiration to PeaceSmiths, passed away. Below is a newspaper announcement and a video of her singing one year ago, posted at the request of her family.

Lisa Fishbein, 51, of Lindenhurst, NY, piano teacher and peace activist, died on Jan. 29, 2008, after an all too brief battle with lung cancer. Lisa received a Masters of Science degree from Hunter College. She was an active member of Amityville based PeaceSmiths and organized the Bush is a Liar Choir. She leaves behind her friends and life partners Daniel Levin and David Ehrick, her mother Bess, brother Stuart, niece Heidi, and nephew Greg.

Funeral arrangments:

There will be a graveside service for Lisa on Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 am at the New Montifiore Cementary Wellwood Ave exit off the Southern State Parkway go north on Wellwood Ave —- first cemetary on the right

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  • 1. peacesmiths  |  January 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    PeaceSmiths would be honored to receive donations sent in memory of our dear friend and colleague, Lisa Fishbein. Donations to PeaceSmiths help us continue the work which Lisa found important of fostering peace and social and economic justice in the world.

    Donations to PeaceSmiths can be mailed to:

    PeaceSmiths, Inc.
    PO Box 312
    Massapequa, NY 11758

    (Posted February 2nd. Adjusted date stamp for order of section.)

  • 2. lester czukor  |  January 30, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    she was a fine and caring lady; i am immensely saddened by her tragic and premature passing; may she rest in peace

  • 3. Lonnie Cohen  |  January 30, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Lisa was my first cousin. I loved her very much, as kids we
    were very close. Visits with her family to my house and my family to her house. I adored Lisa. Firstly, life is so unfair. This is no reason and will never understand why this happened to such a fantastic person such as Lisa. She suffered and suffered. Hopefully Lisa’s suffering is over and I hope she is at peace. Gone too young. Our hearts are broken. Lisa wanted world peace and hopefully one day that will happen. I suffer from depression and Lisa was a constant in my life making sure I was okay. I loved her for that and so much more. We would discuss getting older as she was 10 days younger than me. Who knew it would not happen for Lisa. Maybe she is better off. Lisa was angel to all who knew, loved and respected her. She will be missed by her mother Bess, her brother Stu and sister in law Debbie. Her niece Heidi and nephew Greg and her cousins Lonnie, Steven and Jackee. If there is a here after, lets hope Lisa is with her beloved dad Milt, Aunt Siv and Uncle Leo and those who left us too soon.
    Lisa rest in peace. U will remain in our hearts forever. Thanks for the good times angel, thanks. Lisa was indeed blessed to have Daniel and Dave her life partners and two terrific men in her short life.
    Love,
    Lonnie Cohen
    Atlanta, GA

  • 4. Leonard J. Lehrman  |  January 30, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    I’ve known Lisa Fishbein for close to 20 years, as a colleague and as a friend. She was one of the earliest members of my Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, beginning in 1988 (which performed the Manhattan premiere of Elie Siegmeister’s “I Have A Dream” and the world premiere of my Rosenberg Cantata), but then disappeared for a while.
    After Susan Blake came into our lives in April 2005 and joined that Chorus, Lisa came to hear us at the Long Beach Library, Jan. 15, 2006 and wrote: “Sunday’s performance was wonderful. Kudos to all!” (That was the concert, a recording from which opened the Celebration for Susan Blake Jan. 20, 2008.) Helene Williams (Lehrman) snapped a photo of Lisa, Susan, and Anne Mayer-Kristiansen that appears in our collage of photos of Susan.
    On Fri., Feb. 17, 2006, Lisa was an avid participant in the discussion following our PeaceSmiths debut in a special program and book party devoted to the works of Marc Blitzstein. This was the first of several performances we gave at PeaceSmiths, with Lisa invariably leading both cheers and lively Q&A’s afterwards.
    On April 12, 2006 Lisa brought Susan to our Passover Seder, and wrote of it:
    “Music, great food, and discussion on a mistranslation concerning Jewish dietary issues… an interesting gathering!”
    On March 25, 2007, again at Long Beach Library, she ran lights for us in “E.G.: A Musical Portrait of Emma Goldman.”
    At Susan’s burial, Oct. 8, 2007, Lisa led the singing of “Down By the Riverside” and other songs of peace and justice. That singing of hers inspired, and is incorporated into, the accompaniment of the finale of my latest cycle, “Long Island Songs of Seasoned Women,” 10 songs by 9 poets, beginning and ending with Patti Tana, composed in memory of Susan Blake…Like Susan, Lisa shall always be remembered with love.
    Leonard J. Lehrman

  • 5. Kimberly  |  February 1, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Brought this comment over from another web-site with tributes to Lisa:

    Cassidy
    January 31, 2008 at 7:15 pm · Edit

    I was one of Lisa’s piano students. She was a very nice and caring person. She touched my life in many ways. She made me believe in myself. I will truly miss her!!!!

  • 6. Lonnie Cohen  |  February 1, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Thanks to all who attended Lisa’s Funeral. It would of meant the world to her to know so many people loved her. The family does appreciate all of ur kindness.
    The shiva for Lisa is being held for her family only in Merrick.
    Please understand the family needs to be alone at this time as they mourn their great loss. Lisa will be missed. Heaven must have been missing an angel. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
    Rest in Peace Dear Lisa.
    We love you forever.
    The Cohen Family
    of Atlanta…
    Love to Bess, Stu, Debbie, Daniel, Dave, Heidi and Greg.

  • 7. peacesmiths  |  February 2, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Reposted from another comment section on the site:

    1. Pam Jaffe | February 1, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Thank you for posting information on Lisa Fishbein’s untimely passing. She was an amazing woman, compassionate, sensitive, and a fine musician. As Director of the JASA AZORS/Help Social Adult Day Program, we were fortunate to have Lisa as a Music consultant for many years. Our participants who live with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease warmed to Lisa’s warmth and gentle manner. She will be deeply missed by all. I would like to make a donation to PeaceSmiths in her memory. Are you able to receive donations? Or is there another way we can contribute. Please advise. I enjoyed visiting your website, although sadness brought me your way.
    Thanks!

  • 8. Kimberly Wilder  |  February 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    If anyone is interested in helping to gather the Bush is a Liar Choir back together, Warren-one of the members of the choir-said people can contact him. Lisa’s partner Daniel thought this was a good idea.

    Warren’s e-mail is: woodge1 at hotmail dot com

  • 9. Julie Fegan  |  February 2, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    My entire family is greatly saddened by Lisa’s passing. She taught both my children piano for years. My daughter, Nicole said that Lisa was one of the nicest people she ever knew. Lisa was an inspiration to my son, Eric, who has since gone on to become a piano student in the preparatory division of the Mannes School of Music. Eric credits Lisa for giving him the foundation in music to start him on his journey. Each week we welcomed Lisa into our home as both a piano teacher, and as a friend. She did so much good in the world, and will be missed!

  • 10. Premik dedicates a song to Lisa and Susan « PeaceSmiths  |  February 12, 2008 at 10:54 am

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  • 11. linda nussbaum  |  February 16, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Lisa was my piano teacher for a short time however we became friends immediately. I loved learning from her and talking to her. Sometimes my husband said that we talked more than we played but that was part of the fun. I always thought of Lisa as such a free spirit. I am a beginner bird watcher and Lisa knew so much. We had planned to go to the beach together. I shared my books and birding experiences among other things with her.

    My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her. She touched my life in a very short time. I will miss her so much.
    Linda Nussbaum

  • 12. mark jones  |  April 15, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I have been sending lisa e mails with no replys. i had no odea she had passed away. She and I came at life from opposite ends of the political spectrum but we were great friends from a distance. She in NY and I in NC. We had a great relationship on the phone and internet arguing politics. SHe said she named one of her birds MJ after me. Flattery perhaps. She sent me photos from Jones Beach which she was going to show me personally someday. Someday? How many times has that word been used that never fulfilled the appointed task. Lisa was a one of a kind. I am saddened to learn of her passing but what more appropriate way that to do a youtube search and find her singing. To her family and friends. I am sorry for your loss and for mine. The folks she represented politically never had a better and more dedicated advocate. Thank you Lisa for the late night chats. I will miss them. Best Regards MJ

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