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Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole my mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


The Zakim Story & Prayer, Part 1


Part 1

May 1st, 2018

Every year, the Zakim Center for integrative therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has an annual event/fundraiser called “Music heals the soul” which honors Lenny Zakim.

Each year, the event also recognizes special honorees of the year. This year, they chose individuals who have been in the center since the beginning (or very near the beginning!) to be the honorees.

Check out the short video from this year, May 1st, 2018, done by Laura Molta of Molta Media.

The event Music Heals the Soul is a fun filled night of musical performances and exciting auctions. Proceeds benefit integrative oncology research and help to provide educational programs to the cancer community at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

The evening also includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and complementary therapies from the Zakim Center, which offers integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, Tai Chi and qigong.

This year we also added musical guest Erich Bergen from the movie Jersey Boys.

Watch: Jersey Boys performing Sherry in the White House.

This year, the Zakim center honored some of the people that have been with the center for many years. And some even, such as your humble mind-body blogger, which have been working with these programs even before the center started, and were lucky enough to witness and be a part of history during the creation of the center.

I also had the opportunity and honor to actually work with both Lenny and his son Josh, and meet Lenny’s wife Joyce. 

Read: The Haute Life article about Josh & Lenny.

The Zakim Bridge

Many people ask me, “Is the bridge in Boston, the Zakim bridge, named after Lenny?”

Yes! it was named after Lenny, Leonard Zakim, who was a civic leader and a civil right activist who championed “building bridges between peoples”.

For those of you that do not know, I am actually a Zakim as well, from my mother side by Professor Zichria Zakay Rones.

Lenny Zakim Family Tree

Ramel Rones/ Zakay (Zakheim) Family Tree

Next week I will tell you the meaning of the Zakim name, as well as the story of how the name originated and the prayer that was specially created for the Zakim family. Make sure you are tuning in!

And as usual, happy stretching, deep breathing, empty your mind, strengthen your energetic system, and evoke your spirit!