On Thursday, May 21st, as Jews the world over will be commemorating the reunification of the city of Jerusalem, Israeli music greats, Chaim David, Shlomo Katz, Zusha, The Portnoy Brothers, Nuriel, and Naftali and Shlomo Abramson, will be performing via a live-streamed concert event aimed at giving something back to the community.
Vice President of Operations for United Hatzalah Dov Maisel said: “The situation that we are living in right now has been really tough on a lot of people. One of the things that our volunteers have encountered time and again is the high level of stress that everyone seems to be living with, especially after an elongated lockdown where people were unable to celebrate with family members and loved ones. This is an abnormal situation and from a health perspective, we need to deal with our own emotional well being as well as the well being of others. We hope that this concert will help in some small way by allowing people to take a break and enjoy themselves.“
Maisel added: “In lieu of people being able to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim together as they would in a normal year, with live music and concerts, we took it upon ourselves to create a feel-good event where everyone could de-stress for a short time “together apart”. This event is being done completely free of charge and we aren’t asking for donations. The point is simply to say thank you to our community and to celebrate together with some great music.”
The event, which marks the Hebrew date of the reunification of Israel’s capital in 1967, is the second major event that the organization has hosted via live stream in the month of May. Earlier in the month, United Hatzalah hosted “Saving Lives Sunday” a targeted fundraising event that succeeded at raising more than $1,000,000 in support of the work that is being done by the organization to fight the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Since that event, United Hatzalah has stepped up testing patients for Covid-19 in numerous areas of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, focusing mainly on testing patients in the Ultra-Orthodox communities of Geulah, Meah Shearim, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh and other locations that have been some of the hardest-hit areas in Israel.
Everyone is invited to register for the free live-streamed Yom Yerushalayim Concert, by going to the website: https://israelrescue.org/event/YomYerushalayim
The event will begin on Thursday evening, May 21st at 8:00 p.m. Israel time (GMT+2)