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Top Jewish musicians with large Orthodox followings will launch the first-ever Benefit Concert supporting JQY, a leading provider of crisis and support resources for at-risk LGBTQ Jewish youth from Orthodox homes. Matisyahu, Neshama Carlebach, Gedalia Penner and Eli Schwebel will perform for an expected audience of 400 people of all orientations, ages and denominations on Sunday, December 17th at 6pm. Sandi DuBowski, Director of “Trembling Before G-d,” will be honored at the event with the inaugural JQY Trailblazer Award.

JQY Executive Director, Mordechai Levovitz sees this Concert as a milestone. He said, “This event could not have taken place even five years ago. It represents a seismic shift in Jewish consciousness. The plight of one of the most overlooked Jewish youth populations is finally entering the communal mainstream.”

The Chanukah Benefit Concert will be held on Sunday, December 17th from 6PM -9:30PM, at Schafler Hall, Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd st). Tickets range from $40 general admission to $180 catered table seating. The concert is intended for straight and LGBTQ people alike. The event is in memory of JQY supporter Marshall Koplitz and JQY member Mona Daniella Haddad, herself a victim of suicide last year.

When asked why they are performing, Matisyahu answered, “LGBTQ Jewish youth, especially from Orthodox homes, deserve to know that they are loved,” Eli Schwebel said “Loneliness knows no denomination, orientation, or gender. It is my honor to be able to share my music with anyone it may heal.” Neshama Carlebach insisted, “no human being should ever feel like an outsider in our community.” She concluded, “JQY is doing lifesaving work for the Jewish teens who need it most.”

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