Next Gen 2019: Maxie Mandel
Co-Founder, Maxie’s Hot Chocolate House
“A part of becoming a Jewish adult is becoming responsible and giving back to your community,” says Bryn Mawr native Maxie Mandel.
Inspired by her love of music, Mandel wanted to celebrate her bat mitzvah in a way that created a lasting impact. With help from her mom, Stacey, she hosted her Hot Chocolate House, which combines edible treats with music performances from area teenagers. The project benefits LiveConnections, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit co-founded by Main Line native David Bradley, who is also an experienced theater producer and director in the area. “I thought it was really cool how they give music education to all these different kinds of people that might not normally have had it,” says Mandel, who’s now a student at Radnor High School. “All kids should have the right to access a really good, really inspiring music education.”
This year’s Hot Chocolate House was held in March at 118 North in Wayne, marking the third iteration. It featured 10 acts, including Mandel, who’s a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has her own CD, and she’s written a song called “As the Sun Rises” for Brandon’s Voice, a Bryn Mawr-based nonprofit that benefits individuals with autism. Mandel also volunteers with Philly Friendship Circle, helping those with special needs.