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Jaffa Road Headlines May 5 Cantor’s Concert

by Ozzie Nogg

Jaffa Road to California Street: A Concert to Benefit the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund will rock out on Sunday, May 5, at 4:00 pm at Beth El. “We are privileged to have the support of the congregation and the community that comes together to raise money to help send our kids to Jewish summer camp,” said Jay Gordman, Beth El president. “Our Beth El youth have a level of connection to Judaism and Jewish friends around the world that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for camp.

“A few years ago,” Gordman continued, “when Allison and I were exploring camp options for our son Spencer, we had the privilege of hearing from Seth about his incredible passion for camp. Not only did his summer experiences have an a big influence on Seth, but the legacy he left at Camp Ramah continues to live on. Only by supporting summer camp scholarships will we create the next generation of young Jewish leaders like Seth.”

Based in Toronto, Canada, the Jaffa Road band is influenced by Jewish roots, jazz, Indian and Arabic music and ancient Hebrew poetry. Their version of “Lo Yisa Goy” won the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest grand prize in the world music category, and their 2012 album, “Where the Light Gets In”, was named World Music Group of the Year at the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The Jaffa Road to California Street concert will also include the voices of BESTT and Beth El Hebrew High students. Audience members will have a chance to meet the guest artists during the dessert reception that follows the concert.

Chairs for Jaffa Road to California Street: A Concert to Benefit the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund, are Mary and Joel Rich and Pam and Bruce Friedlander. For information on individual ticket pricing and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Beth El website at or call the synagogue office at 402-492-8550. All giving levels include at least two concert tickets at no extra charge. Donations above the ticket price are tax deductible.

“We very much appreciate the financial support of our donors,” Gordman said, “and encourage everyone who buys a ticket to also attend the concert. The energy in the sanctuary is off the charts when we have a full house.”