Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, directors of Chabad, on the “red carpet” with their
eldest children Yossi, left, Duvy, center, and Rivkah
Chabad holds memorable, musical and meaningful benefit concert & gala
CHESTER (April 11) - Chabad of Orange County, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, held a Benefit Concert & Gala Reception to benefit the ongoing community services offered by Chabad and pay tribute to the supporters who help make it happen. The event was held March 31st at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.
The program began with welcoming words by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, a benediction by young community activist Lee Stanton, of Greenwood Lake and greetings from Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. In his greeting, Mr. Neuhaus expressed how Orange County has been enhanced by Chabad of Orange County. “The way Chabad welcomes and embraces the local community is very special,” Neuhaus said, “Orange County is a better place because of Chabad of Orange County. You bring a lot of wonderful things to the table!”
Music star Ethan Bortnick, 15, led an entertaining and interactive concert. Participants later remarked in Facebook posts that he was “amazing,” “fantastic” and “a musical sensation.”
Ethan also spoke about the impact Chabad has on his family and what he has seen in his travels around the globe. Ethan introduced Chester teenager Megan Heller to share a few words on the impact Chabad of Orange County had on her. Megan, now 15, started Jewish education at Chabad when she was 5. Now she is teacher’s assistant at Chabad Hebrew School.
Michelle Sale of Central Valley made this remark on Facebook regarding the evening in general: “Last night was really fun and heartfelt. It was a true tribute to what Chabad has brought and continues to bring to Orange County!”
Megan spoke about her “Growing up with the Chabad of Orange County,” the impact it had not only on her Jewish life, but her social life as well. “Through these programs I’ve developed not only friendships that have continued over the last decade, but a sense of family,” Megan said.
Before bestowing the awards to the honorees, Rabbi Pesach Burston, who directs Chabad with his wife Chana, expressed his gratitude to the community for their support, and explained just how crucial that support is. “People often assume that Chabad is funded by Chabad Headquarters in Brooklyn,” he said, “but that is, in fact, not the case. While Chabad worldwide is connected through its mutual vision, each Chabad Center is a financially independent, self-supporting entity.”
As the honorees came to the stage, Duvy Burston, 13 played on the piano.
Chabad thanked the partners who helped make Chabad in Orange County possible and presented awards to three honorees for their support and service to the community.
The evening’s honorees were: Russ & Jodi Cohen of Highland Mills (Lamplighter Award), Gil & Phyllis Goetz of Monroe (Leadership Award) and Eric Muhlrad of Chester (Tikkun Olam Award).
The honorees were presented with Judaica art etched with 24 karat gold, engraved with a personal message, as well as a Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Steve Neuhaus and a Certificate of Merit from Senator John Bonacic.
To learn more about Chabad of Orange County visit www.ChabadOrange.com and www.facebook.com/chabadorange