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ALL-STAR LINEUP HEADLINES OHEL BENEFIT CONCERT NOVEMBER 21st – ALICE TULLY HALL, LINCOLN CENTER

OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services’ Sixth Annual Benefit Concert once again will feature a spectacular lineup of performers and an original multi-media production. The benefit Concert takes place on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall located at 132 W 65th Street, New York, NY. 

The Concert theme is “Achdus in Harmony.” The elegant Concert will star internationally acclaimed Chassidic recording artist Avraham Fried and the debut Concert Stage performance of the popular singing group Lev Tahor. Netanel Hershtik, Shimon Craimer, Itzhak Haimov and The New York Synagogue Choir, and The Shloime Dachs Orchestra also will be featured.  The evening’s program will include favorite melodies, new and original compositions and special musical surprises. Produced by No/It Productions, the Concert also will feature original multi-media mini-films by Kol Rom Multimedia, and the event also includes the inaugural appearance of “The Concert Guys” in the OHEL Concert series.

Headliner Avraham Fried, known for his inspirational passion and high energy performing style, is one of the most widely recognized and sought after entertainers in the Jewish world today. Strumming upon the heartstrings of the listeners, Fried opens new dimensions in Jewish music. Singing in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, Fried’s compelling blend of traditional and popular music resonates with messages of hope, deliverance, and fulfillment.  His music, employing the latest sounds, is infused with soul and spirit that uplifts and rewards audiences around the world.

With their elegant vocal styling, Lev Tahor has spearheaded the renaissance of Jewish acapella music, while creating their harmony-based pop-rock sound with their own original material. The band started off 10 years ago with their smash debut album, self-titled “Lev Tahor” - selling 30,000 CDs and releasing 3 more albums (2 full band albums and 1 more acapella album) over the next 7 years. Lev Tahor ("Pure Heart" in Hebrew) exemplifies the music as it takes its audience through many different Jewish experiences, creating new meaning in their lives. Led by producer/power vocalist Eli Schwebel, along with composer/bass singer Gadi Fuchs, and rounded out by the sweet sound of Yitzy Spinner, the tight, magnificent blend of vocals are candy for any listener’s ears. You can catch them live on stage at Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall this November at the OHEL benefit concert. Hurry, as this is a rare opportunity to catch Lev Tahor in concert!

London born Shimon Craimer is the chazzan at Riverdale Jewish Center.  He has performed with popular singers around the world and is the lead vocalist for The Neshoma Orchestra, which brings the gift of beautiful music to weddings and Bar Mitzvahs everywhere. His newest musical album, Nashir Beyachad, features his own original compositions. Cantor Craimer, better known as Shim, is a dynamic and inspiring performer.

Netanel Hershtik serves as co-cantor of The Hamptons Synagogue and The New York Synagogue. His style reflects a blend of original elements, his father’s inspiring influence and a rigorous traditional cantorial education. His cantorial career began early: he was a child soloist in the Jerusalem Great Synagogue alongside his father, Naftali Hershtik. He has performed in Concerts throughout the world.  He will perform with the New York Synagogue Choir.

This evening is a celebration of more than four decades of OHEL serving the Jewish community and will be an uplifting tribute to the children and families of OHEL. The performers will help OHEL celebrate our more than thirty programs designed to provide shelter, support, comfort, and care to the most vulnerable members of our community, from youngsters and young adults with developmental disabilities, to adults struggling with mental illness, to children in need of foster care, to women fleeing domestic abuse, to homebound seniors in need of coordinated social and medical services.

Special Concert sponsorships are available. Sponsorship benefits include VIP seating, admission to the pre-Concert VIP Reception, name and company recognition on the Concert website and in print and promotional materials.

Primary event sponsors are The Americare Companies and company principals Elly and Brochie Kleinman.  The Kleinmans are generous long-time friends of OHEL’s children and families and OHEL is proud to partner with them to bring this star-studded program to Lincoln Center.

Other major sponsors include Garden Court Health Supplies, Senior Care, Kosher.com, Gourmet Glatt, Nut-Ola, Meridian Capital Group, Red Rock Outdoors, Oh Baby, J & R Music and Computer World and Airmark.

OHEL is grateful to the performers who will make this event a certain success. The benefit was sold out for each of its first five years with the majority of the tickets sold in advance. Early ticket purchase is recommended.

OHEL is a community based social service agency that was founded  more than 40 years ago to provide foster homes and services to families of abused, neglected, disabled and abandoned Jewish children. The agency currently cares for thousands of people daily through seven core services that are housing, foster care, school based services, out-patient counseling, at-home services, services for victims of abuse and camps.  OHEL sustains more than 30 programs in almost 100 locations that focus on the mental health and social service needs of individuals and families.

For more information about OHEL, please call 718-851-6300, email development@ohelfamily.org, or visit our website www.ohelfamily.org .

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