Dudu Fisher and Tony Orlando to Share Stage
On Wednesday, June 10, Chabad of the Conejo will be hosting a community-wide “Evening of Jewish Song and Solidarity” at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Headlined by Israeli-born singer and Broadway star, Dudu Fisher, the program is will be an entertaining and inspiring experience, centered on the theme: “Stand Strong! Stand Proud!”
“With the latest troubling events unfolding throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, I think the depth of Jewish community’s commitment to our core values and ideals, and to the State of Israel, is being tested in ways I don’t think we’ve ever seen before,” said Rabbi Moshe Bryski, Executive Director of Chabad of the Conejo. “This is why it is important that we come together now and demonstrate our unbridled sense of pride and solidarity, as well as our adherence to the principles of goodness and decency that are at the core of the Jewish idea. Nothing can express all of that quite as poignantly and soulfully as Jewish music.”
In addition to Dudu Fisher’s eclectic musical repertoire – covering a range of songs from “Fiddler” to Elvis, Broadway to Jerusalem, Ashkenazic to Sephardic selections, and many points in between, the Evening of Jewish Song and Solidarity will feature a special appearance by legendary American entertainer, Tony Orlando, who will be receiving the evening’s “Voice of Courage Award” in recognition of his frequent outspokenness on behalf of Israel and American patriotism. Many in the Jewish community remember Tony Orlando’s visit with the families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped last summer, and his public and passionate plea for their safe return. Upon receiving his award, Orlando will perform some American and Jewish favorites, including a number of duets with his longtime friend, Dudu Fisher.
The program will also mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps with a memorial tribute to the six million who perished in the Holocaust. There will be a presentation of the “Champions of the Spirit Award” to Martin and Sandi Glade. Martin Glade, whose parents and five out of six siblings perished at Auschwitz, is a survivor who cheated death many times over, as he was marched by the from one slave-labor and concentration camp to another during many dark and horrific days back in 1944-5.
“The mission of Chabad is to heighten a sense of Jewish identity and awareness amongst all segments of the community,” said Rabbi Bryski. “We create warm and welcoming, lively and loving, environments in which every man, woman and child is proud to stand up and be counted!” It is that spirit of joy and solidarity that the coordinators of the upcoming concert are hoping to capture and put forth throughout the evening.
“Every bit of darkness in today’s world must be countered by new saturations of light,” said Rabbi Yisroel Levine, Associate Director of Chabad of the Conejo. “Every bit of hatred must be countered by a hundred-fold measures of love, and every bit of despair must be overcome by abounding expressions of joy… When Dudu Fisher brings the audience at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to its feet – dancing, singing and clapping along – I think we’ll know that we’ve accomplished all of those things!”
Sponsorships for the Evening of Song and Solidarity are available via http://www.chabadgala.com or by calling (818) 991-0991. Sponsors will be invited to partake in an exclusive pre-concert “Patron’s Cocktail Reception” and will be provided with preferred seating and mention in the evening’s printed program. For concert tickets only, please visit http://www.dudu2015.com.