On March 20, Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s University Campus will host “Standing Up to a Modern-Day Haman: A Classical Concert Purim Fundraiser for Ukraine.”
The concert features four Los Angeles virtuosos who have donated their time and talent to perform music by Ukrainian composers and raise funds in support of the Ukrainian people and millions of people displaced.
The event will include a brief explanation of the centuries-old Jewish heritage in Ukraine, and commemorate Purim with the reading of parts of the Megillah. Hosted by Rabbi Susan Nanus and Cantor Don Gurney, the concert will feature performances by Jason Lippman, cellist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Keren Schweitzer, flutist who has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble; Dennis Karmazyn, cellist who has performed with the American Ballet, the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets and Vanessa Fadial, pianist and Professor of Music at the Colburn School.
The concert is free, but a donation to HIAS, the international refugee aid organization or other charities standing up for the people of Ukraine is encouraged.
Founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, HIAS now welcomes all who have fled persecution. The organization is currently working with its partners to provide emergency humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
The Wilshire Boulevard Temple University Campus is located at 11960 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049. To register for the concert, visit https://www.wbtla.org/concert.