On Sunday, November 12th, American Friends of Meir Panim, in collaboration with world-renowned cantors and influential community synagogues on Long Island, New York, hosted a benefit concert to raise urgently-needed funds to help disadvantaged children in Israel.
The event, called “Voices for Children in Need,” took place at the SYJCC in Commack, and also served as an opportunity for Long Islanders to support hungry children locally; attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to Long Island Cares.
Chairing the event was Cantor Steven Hevenstone of Dix Hills Jewish Center, along with Honorary Chair Rabbi Howard R. Buechler, also of Dix Hills Jewish Center. The concert was attended by over 300 enthusiastic participants who were inspired by both the performances as well as the outstanding work of Meir Panim.
The concert, an eclectic program including Jewish music and Broadway standards, featured Special Guest Cantor Avi Albrecht of Congregation Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore, who was joined by local cantors: Cantor Ofer Barnoy of Temple Beth Sholom, Cantor Aaron Cohen of Woodbury Jewish Center, Cantor Adam Frei of Midway Jewish Center, Cantor Israel Gordan of Huntington Jewish Center, Cantor Hevenstone, Cantor Randall Levin of South Huntington Jewish Center, and Cantor Zachary Mondrow of East Northport Jewish Center. Also participating was North Shore Jewish Center; as well as the ATID Boy’s Choir, conducted by Izchak Haimov, and the SYJCC Youth Choir, conducted by Cantor Hevenstone. The concert was preceded by a VIP reception for sponsors.
Cantor Albrecht, also a long-time American Friends of Meir Panim board member, remarked, “When I visited Israel and saw children who were hungry and without food, it was very emotional. I visited Meir Panim and watched how they delivered food to classrooms in the lowest economic districts in Israel. Hungry children can be distracted. They cannot concentrate or get good grades. Seeing this made me want to help Meir Panim so that they can keep doing the great work that they do.”
To view the event’s digital journal, click here.
To view more photos from the event, click here.