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David D'or Reigns Supreme

The three girls who had been seen on film came on stage together with their music teacher (below) to sing with David D’or. Photos: Roy Rochlin

Scheduled to take place on December 24, this year's annual fundraising event was preceded by days of beautiful weather, making us wonder if the rainy-event-spell had been broken. On the day itself however, the heavens opened and once again we welcomed damp guests with their dripping umbrellas. But it just goes to show, when people support a good cause and come out to see and hear wonderful talent, it takes more than rain to keep them away. 

Music Teacher

The heavens seemed to open on stage as well as David D'or enthralled the audience with his- often termed "angelic" - voice.

We were proud and honored to have US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman and his wife in the audience enjoying David D'or and hearing about our projects.

Emcee Lawrence Bertfield reminded everyone to turn off their phones by receiving a call from his wife on stage, and then the evening was kicked off by Baruch Tanaman, ESRA Chairperson. As this year's event was dedicated to Give a Child a Future, Brenda Katten, PR Chair, then presented an overview of ESRA's flagship project, Students Build a Community.

Now it was time for the star of the evening. David D'or delighted the audience with his four-octave range, and the variety of songs and styles including favorites from popular Broadway/West End musicals, Israeli songs, and liturgical music. When he sang Avinu Malkeinu you could have heard a pin drop in the hall, the audience was so enrapt by his rendition. 

                  At the podium: ESRA Chairman Baruch Tanaman, ESRA PR Chair Brenda Katten and Emcee Lawrence Bertfield

Before his final song, David spoke of his visit to the Volume Music Center with the children involved in ESRA's project, and a short film was screened of his visit. At the end of the film, the audience was delighted to see the three Ethiopian girls and their music teacher, whom they'd just seen in the film, walk onto the stage, singing David D'or's most popular song, Tishmor al HaOlam, Yeled (Take Care of the World, Child). David then joined them for a wonderful finale. Of course, the audience did not let him go that easily. They were treated to his acapella version of Amazing Grace, which was - amazing.

Following the concert was a VIP reception with David D'or, where we were pleased to host the US Ambassador and ESRA's generous donors and sponsors.

So once again, despite the rain, it was another very successful event, with big thanks to all those involved in its organization, from the fundraising committee to our wonderful hardworking staff.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors . . .

■Eric Cohen Books ■Harvey and Ruth Cohen ■Colin and Nicole Schachat ■Elaine and Saul Schreiber ■Hilary and Mark Seitler ■Richard and Rena Stein 



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