Solidarity Through Song Mission
Last updated: 2003-02-12
The Shabbaton Choir together with Chazan Lionel Rosenfeld and Shimon Craimer will be flying out to Israel at the end of February on a solidarity mission called "Solidarity through Song".
They will be accompanied by the Chief Rabbi and Peter Sheldon, President of the United Synagogue together with members of the United Synagogue.
A highlight of the mission will be the "Shabbat Experience" when the group will be joined at Ma'ale Hachamisha (near Jerusalem) for Shabbat by a large number of guests including British Ambassador HE Sherrard Cowper-Coles. This will conclude with a melava malka and concert for the Gush Etzion communities.
The choir, under the musical direction of Stephen Levey, will be performing at numerous venues throughout the mission including the Park Hotel in Netanya (attacked by a terrorist bomb last Seder night) and the Laniado Hospital. They will also be performing at the Bible Lands Museum in aid of Reuth Hospital in Tel Aviv. The mission will be joining the patients and staff of the hospital in Tel Aviv for a kabbalat Shabbat.
Other, performances are being given at the Yad Sarah project in Jerusalem, which provides special rehabilitation equipment for those who have been injured, and at an extended-school-day centre for children with learning difficulties, (in association with the UJIA).
Peter Sheldon said:
"The US is proud to be involved with this unique mission. Our intention is to demonstrate that we and our members are 100% behind the people and State of Israel during these difficult times"
Russell Kett, co-chairman of the Shabbaton Choir said:
"We are delighted that so many communal leaders are joining us in showing 'Solidarity through Song' to the Israeli people. We hope to bring 'a little bit of heaven down to earth' - as the Chief Rabbi has said on many occasions."