The Hall Was Alive With The Sound Of Music…And Open Hearts
March 3, 2008
Mar 3, 2008
The Tel Aviv Museum hosts more than half a million people per year, but for the 500+ friends and supporters of ALEH who turned out for a benefit concert on February 17, the evening was anything but typical.
The benefit event, planned by The Friends of ALEH Committee under the auspices of Attorney Yehudit Glass and Dr. Devora Strassburger, was dedicated to raise funds for a sports wing inside a new education and rehabilitation complex for the special-needs population. The complex will be established at Maccabim, located just north of Bnei Brak, and services will be available to children from the entire Gush-Dan region.
Yehuda Marmorstein, Executive Director of ALEH, explained that the organization’s flagship Bnei Brak facility has reached full capacity. With overcrowding at a peak, there is an urgent need to expand. Marmorstein thanked the Bnei Brak municipality for allocating land for the establishment of the new complex, which will allow ALEH to incorporate many more children to residential care, as well as to accept additional children to its school.
The evening was dedicated to the memory of Eran Almog, ob”m, son of Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev. Eran’s sister Nitzan gave a moving tribute to his memory, speaking of the challenges facing family members of special-needs children. Similar thoughts were voiced in a video presentation, in which ALEH parents shared their feelings about how their children were loved and given a warm home at ALEH. The audience was visibly moved, with more than one person wiping away tears.
You can read Nitzan’s tribute “Being Eran’s sister”, here
The program also featured iconic Israeli composer, singer and conductor Shlomo Gronich, accompanied by Jerusalem string quartet soloists with percussion and clarinet by musical guest Chanan Bar Sela. His distinctive musical style wove a unique spiritual experience, mixing profound and playful sound and allowing the audience to share his highly personal expression of journey into the infinite.
Other guests of honor included Nochi Dankner, Chairman and CEO of the IDB Group; prominent Israeli businessman Dov Lautman, Chairman of the Board of Delta Galil Industries Ltd.; and Isaac ‘Buzi’ Herzog, Israel’s Minister of Welfare and Social Services, who spoke about the need to help the most vulnerable members of society. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai also greeted the crowd, offering his encouragement and support for the project. Huldai, who came with his wife, originally planned to stay for only a short while, as he had other obligations that evening. Hours later found him still in attendance; apparently he was enjoying the event too much to leave the festivities.