What do a U.S. Senator, a boxer, a Rhodes Scholar and an A Cappella group all have in common? They are a few of the Orthodox Jewish All Stars on the latest production from Jew in the City, and part of a successful mission.
Last Thursday night as we celebrated the sixth night of Chanukah, one particular Chanukah party brought a new level of much needed light to the world. In honor of the release of the latest video by “Jew in the City,” founder Allison Josephs rolled out the red carpet and welcomed her devoted fans to a special viewing of “Orthodox Jewish All Stars.” The star-studded video, featuring Senator Joseph Lieberman, recording artist Alex Clare, pro boxer Dmitriy Salita, best-selling author Faye Kellerman, A Cappella group The Maccabeats, producer and writer Jamie Geller, basketball player Tamir Goodman (“the Jewish Jordan”), comedian Mendy Pellin, Rhodes Scholar Miriam Rosenbaum and Supreme Court Clerk Rochelle Shoretz, received almost 40,000 views on You Tube in just four days.
The Maccabeats, owing their own fame to the holiday of Chanukah and the power of You Tube, were at the event in all their latke-flipping glory. With over seven million views of their music video “Candlelight,” their success took them on a world tour with a visit to the White House. Having spent most mornings and some evenings during the week of Chanukah on the talk show circuit, they stopped to spend Thursday night lighting the menorah with Jew in the City fans. Guests also had the chance to meet and hear from professional boxer Dmitriy Salita.
Held at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, organized by Sarah Lasry of The Patchke Princess, the event was elegant and festive, with many sponsors coming together to support the unique outreach work of Jew in the City. Five Towns resident “Azamra D.J.” Jeff Neckenoff provided the music and kept everyone entertained.