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Jesse Frank Brenner

of Wayne, PA

Jesse Frank Brenner

Jesse Frank Brenner on 4.24.24 at 42 years old. Jesse lived and died in Wayne, PA. Between the beginning and the end, Jesse (known as The Bizzle to many whom he loved) traveled to Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America, and more alternate universes than we can know. On this planet, his heart was most drawn to southern Spain.

 Jesse is the beloved son of Amy Silberberg Brenner and Mark Brenner . He is the devoted brother of Sarah Barnett, the soulmate of his brother-in-law Jordan, and the adored uncle of their twins, Lyle and Simon. Jesse is also the cherished first cousin of Ethan, Rebecca, Ari, Bria, Ben, Tamar, and Tali. And, he is the treasured grandson of 97yo Mimsi Brenner. And he was equally treasured by his now departed grandparents—Irv Brenner and Annice and Sy Silberberg.

Jesse was an academic leader at Conestoga High School, a proud member of Young Judaea, and an academic and cultural leader at Wesleyan University. He also held  a Masters of Arts from Temple’s Religion Department. Jesse was a self-taught ethnomusicologist. His knowledge of World Music is legendary.

Being that Jesse was a man for all seasons, his values and heart took him in many extraordinary directions. A few of them: Jesse co-produced a compilation record album of Afro-Pop music to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. It was the first philanthropic album ever to be allowed onto Apple’s iTunes platform. Jesse is also profiled in “Not on Our Watch,” by Don Cheadle and John Pendergast. Jess (and the music company he co-founded) was recognized for his social activism. Jess was also the lead music curator for the presentation of the Liberty Medal to Bono at the National Constitution Center. A final example is the independent research he did for the Botswana National Wildlife Department on the development of community-based natural resource management and ecotourism in the UNESCO-protected Okavango Delta.

Jesse was laid to rest April 28 at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in one of his parent’s plots, in a celebratory service lead by Jesse’s friend, Beth Am’s cantor Harold Messinger, and by his deeply devoted friends from YJ and Wesleyan.

 Contributions in Jesse Brenner’s memory can be made to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness): P.O. Box 49104, Baltimore, MD 21297


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