CAHAL held its eighth annual fundraising concert last Sunday in the newly renovated Lawrence High School. The sold-out event featured outstanding Jewish performers — 8th Day, Lipa Schmeltzer, and young sensation Uri Davidi. The always popular Shloime Dachs produced the concert, and the Shloime Dachs Orchestra accompanied the performers.
Seven-hundred-fifty people attended the concert, which is CAHAL’s largest annual fundraiser.
At a meet the performers event for sponsors and their children before the concert, performers chatted and took pictures with the attendees. Seasons sponsored the sushi and desserts and Bracha Silverstein, a local party planner, decorated the room.
CAHAL Executive Director Shimmie Ehrenreich thanked everyone for attending, especially the 70 sponsors, the most ever for a CAHAL event.
He also thanked the directors of the program, Naomi Nadata and Alice Feltheimer, for their years of dedication to the children, and Shira Cohen and Pesach and Fraidy Osina for coordinating the concert. He expressed appreciation to the 12 local yeshivas that participate in CAHAL.
Rabbi Dov Langer, a rebbe in CAHAL for 14 years, spoke about the program and presented heartfelt stories of children who succeeded in CAHAL. CAHAL has helped hundreds of Jewish children receive a yeshiva education and has mainstreamed a large percentage of them into the yeshivas where their siblings and friends attend.
The crowd came alive when Lipa Schmeltzer began performing. His amazing range and vibrant personality electrified the audience. 8th Day followed with their magnificent voices and a very enthusiastic performance. They both drew tremendous ovations throughout the show.
Spontaneous dancing broke out multiple times. Shloime Dachs, Lipa and Uri Davidi joined 8th Day on stage for the big finale. The final song was a beautiful finish to a magical evening of entertainment. Dozens of children and adults, including members of the CAHAL board of directors, danced during the finale.
The event raised much-needed money for CAHAL’s scholarship fund.