About 1800 people from the greater Los Angeles community were in attendance on Sunday, January 11 as Avraham Fried performed at Beth Jacob’s second annual concert.
The event was attended by hundreds of Jewish music fans, including large contingents from Beth Jacob, as well as the Chabad yeshiva day schools, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, Maimonides Academy, Beverly Hills High School, and YULA boys and girls schools. Highlights included an address by Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau, as well as dancing and conga-lines in the aisles, and singing and participation from the audience.
Avraham Fried is an American Jewish singer, songwriter and musician who lives in Crown Heights. He began his music career in 1981, when he released his first album, entitled No Jew Will Be Left Behind. His hits include works in English, Hebrew and Yiddish, many with a Chabad flavor, and he has performed worldwide to large audiences.
Sunday’s concert was one of the largest Jewish music events LA has ever hosted, and Beth Jacob’s Cantor Arik Wollheim wondered why this should be so. With a vibrant orthodox community that boasts hundreds of synagogues in Pico-Robertson, Hancock Park, Valley Village and Tarzana, tens of large day schools and Yeshivas, as well as many popular kosher markets and establishments, one might expect the Los Angeles event halls to be packed on a regular basis with Jewish entertainers, including musicians.
“What is it about Jewish American culture that prevents this from happening, and why does Jewish music tend to be limited to weddings in this city?” Cantor Wollheim asked. “Why are we not a major consumer of Jewish music?” Wollheim hopes to change this, and is weighing ideas for a Jewish music event for 2016.
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