CAHAL’s seventh annual fundraising concert on March 26, was a sold-out success, with nearly 800 people filling the Lawrence High School auditorium.
Headliners Avraham Fried and Simcha Leiner, two of the Jewish world’s outstanding performers, were accompanied by Shloime Dachs and the Shloime Dachs Orchestra. Y-STUDS, a popular A-Cappella group from Yeshiva University, opened the show.
CAHAL’s Executive Director Shimmie Ehrenreich thanked everyone for attending, especially the the event’s sponsors, and Directors of the Program Naomi Nadata and Alice Feltheimer for their years of dedication to the children and Shira Cohen and Noach Haller for coordinating the event.
CAHAL Founder and Vice President Richard Altabe spoke about how the program has helped hundreds of Jewish neshamos receive a yeshiva education in self-contained small classes with individualized attention. He proudly proclaimed how CAHAL began, inspired by Dr. Norman Blumenthal and the principals of the founding yeshivas, and boasted about how CAHAL has been able to mainstream a large percentage of children from the program back into the yeshiva where their siblings and friends attend. The crowd cheered as he listed the 10 local yeshivas that participate in CAHAL.
Shloime Dachs and Simcha Leiner joined Avraham Fried on stage for the big finale, during which dozens of children and adults, including members of the CAHAL board of directors, danced for 15 minutes. The event proved to be a huge success and raised much-needed money for CAHAL’s Scholarship Fund.
A meet-the-performers event was held for sponsors before the concert, with the performers chatting and taking pictures with the attendees. Seasons sponsored the sushi and a display of delicious desserts and Bracha Silverstein, a local party planner, decorated the room.