Sunday, July 1, 2007

Voices For Israel

Voices For Israel

From the Voices For Israel Website:

About Voices For Israel

Voices For Israel is an independent, non-profit organization that uses music to promote Jewish unity and solidarity with Israel and to raise much-needed funds to benefit charities in Israel.

Voices For Israel is not affiliated with any political movement or ideology in Israel. The artists who participate in our projects come together from all corners of the Jewish world because they agree with Voices For Israel's overriding central principle: to assist fellow Jews in need.

Voices For Israel was conceived on a blustery Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night) in the winter of 2001. Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Beat’achon were set to perform in Cleveland, but right after Shabbat ended, the community learned of a suicide bombing in Jerusalem that had occurred that day, with many casualties. Beat’achon approached the rabbi of the shul where the concert was to take place, to ask if the show should still go on. The rabbi answered, absolutely it is particularly at a time of tragedy that the community needs to come together.

The show went on and became an event of solidarity with Israel. The group concluded the evening with an impromptu vocal rendition of Hatikva, the Israeli national anthem. As Gorfinkel recalls, "A community member approached us after the show and urged us to record our Hatikva, saying that it is ‘exactly what the Jewish people need at this time."

Partnering with Jewish Music star performer and recording artist Yehuda!, Gorfinkel expanded the idea to encompass the broader Jewish music world. “Israel is hurting and I wanted to help,” he said, “but what could I do, an artist, living in America?” The answer was to use his creativity and contacts to rally what would become the largest gathering ever of Jewish Music stars, to benefit victims of terror in Israel.

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