Solidarity Through Song 2018

On 8th February 2018, the Shabbaton Choir will embark on its 10th Solidarity Through Song Mission (StS18) to Israel, led by our Music Director Stephen Levey.  This five-day visit will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and will, in particular, celebrate the remarkable role played by the Israel Defence Forces in the social, educational and technological development of the country.

All of the Shabbaton Choir’s previous StS humanitarian missions brought support from the UK’s Jewish Community to all sections of the Israeli society through the medium of song.  Together with our soloists, Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, Jonny Turgel and Shimon Craimer, the Choir has performed at many hospitals, institutions catering for special needs children and adults, rehabilitation centres treating victims of terror, elderly care homes and educational centres for children.  A full list of all the institutions we have previously visited on past missions can be seen here.

StS18 will concentrate on visits to institutions related to the outstanding work of the IDF.  For some years, the Choir has taken part in the annual visit to London of ex-special service soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress as part of a programme called “Peace of Mind”, centred at the Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem which we will visit on Monday 12th February.  The Choir will also visit Beit Halochem Be’er Sheva, which concentrates on the urgent needs of Israel’s war disabled.  

We will perform an evening fundraising concert in aid of Bet Halochem on Sunday 11th February.
The Choir is proud to be revisiting Reuth in Tel Aviv whose world-renowned Rehabilitation Center is
responsible for rebuilding the lives of severely wounded soldiers of the IDF amongst others.
We will perform an evening fundraising concert in aid of Bet Halochem on Sunday 11th February.  The Choir is proud to be revisiting Reuth in Tel Aviv whose world-renowned Rehabilitation Center isresponsible for rebuilding the lives of severely wounded soldiers of the IDF amongst others.

In addition to visiting IDF related institutions, the Choir will again bring comfort, song and joy to a wide range of social and medical care charities.  We are particularly excited about our first visit to Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, in Jerusalem.  This is a truly remarkable institution and we will be giving a major fundraising concert for Shalva on Monday 12th February. Details of the concert can be found here.

Following very successful past visits to Aleh Negev, we will present an interactive programme at Aleh Jerusalem, home to over 80 severely disabled children.   We will present a similar programme at Hadassah Hospital in support of the Clowns Programme. The Choir has in the past given a number of concerts in London to raise funds for the Clowns Programme.

To bring as much comfort and joy as possible, we will visit at least three institutions every day and perform at two major fundraising concerts in support of major Israeli charities.

The Shabbaton Choir is also famed for its outstanding Shabbat services and we are planning a complete Shabbat programme followed by a fundraising concert for synagogue communities in Netanya.

None of our choristers receive any payment and each chorister is required to make a financial contribution towards the costs of the Mission, which comprises airfares, accommodation, internal transportation and meals.

However, we need to raise sponsorship funds to offset these costs.  Your financial support will be invaluable to the work of the Shabbaton Choir - bringing the gift of joy and celebration from the UK Jewish Community to Israel on its 70th birthday.

If you would like to donate in a different way (e.g. charity cheque, bank transfer, etc.), please contact us.

We hope that you will be able to help.

The Shabbaton Choir is a registered charity, registered in England and Wales under Number 1058256.