JCRS to feature ‘Roots of R&B’ at Feb. 1 gala

Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) is preparing to present its annual gala – albeit a bit earlier than normal. Typically presented in March, this year’s  Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues gala will be held a month earlier on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.

This year’s gala will be the ninth such fundraiser for JCRS, which has featured “Jewish Roots” on comedy, Broadway, music, jazz, fashion and other categories.

This year’s gala will honor The Beerman Family , who has connections with the former Jewish Children’s Home and Orphanage for nearly 100 years. Six of the family’s siblings  were residents of the home in the 1920s. As a result of their family’s connection, several family members have assumed leadership roles in JCRS including past president Marc Beerman (2015-2017).

A cocktail reception will begin the evening’s activities followed by a seated dinner.

The event will feature an inspiring evening of music from The Great American Songbook performed by JCRS “success stories” – educational scholarship

Among those playing music at the gala are “success stories,” recipients who are pursuing advanced musical degrees following assistance and support from JCRS.

They include Basil Alter, a violinist currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music; Joshua Dolney, a trumpeter from the University of Illinois.; pianist Joshua Sadinsky, who is studying at Cal Arts; and double bassist Caroline Samuels, currently studying at Boston University.

A silent auction will be held throughout the evening to raise funds for JCRS.

For tickets or to learn how to become a sponsor, call Mark Rubin at 504-828-6334 or email him at Mark@jcrs.org.

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