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Ner Zedek returns to Broadway

A com­pany of pro­fes­sion­al sing­ers belts out the clas­sics in “Broad­way Sings.”

The Rhawn­hurst syn­agogue is pre­par­ing for its Labor Day present­a­tion of the mu­sic­al “Broad­way Sings,”a show that has wowed ‘em for six years now.

The Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek is get­ting ready for what has be­come a really pop­u­lar Labor Day tra­di­tion.
The syn­agogue, loc­ated at 7520 Bustleton Ave. in Rhawn­hurst, will of­fer a hol­i­day con­cert for the 15th year on Monday, Sept. 5.
For the sixth time in sev­en years, the con­greg­a­tion has ar­ranged for a per­form­ance by the Broad­way Sings con­cert pro­duc­tion.
More than 600 people turned out last year to hear the pro­fes­sion­al singing com­pany.
The buzz starts each year in Janu­ary, and many tick­et or­ders in­clude notes of thanks for schedul­ing the en­ter­tain­ers, all of whom are cur­rent or former Broad­way stars.
“People are just thrilled that they come back,” said Jack Be­l­it­sky, chair­man of the con­cert com­mit­tee.
The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend. Guests will hear songs from shows in­clud­ing Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fid­dler on the Roof, South Pa­cific, A Chor­us Line, Les Miser­ables and Jer­sey Boys.
The con­cert starts at 1:30 p.m., and Firstrust Bank’s Krewstown Branch is back as the prime spon­sor. Vet­er­an bank ex­ec­ut­ives Mort Kolman and Joe Sweeney have been help­ful in the dec­ade-plus that Firstrust has sponsored the con­cert.
Tick­ets cost $36 for gen­er­al ad­mis­sion, and about 450 have been sold already. The cost is $50 for tick­ets that in­clude ad­mis­sion to a re­cep­tion.
The con­cert serves as a suc­cess­ful fund-raiser for Ner Zedek, but Be­l­it­sky also calls it a “fun-raiser.” Word of mouth has helped crowds grow through the years.
“We at­tract a lot of people, par­tic­u­larly older people,” he said. “The con­cert is in the af­ter­noon. You get home early and don’t have to drive at night. It’s a day’s out­ing.”
Be­l­it­sky will be presen­ted with the syn­agogue’s Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Award. Be­sides chair­ing the con­cert com­mit­tee, he has served as syn­agogue pres­id­ent on and off for nine years since the 1970s. He has also chaired all of Ner Zedek’s ma­jor com­mit­tees.
One prom­in­ent per­son who will be miss­ing this year is Mike Brown, who co-chaired the con­cert com­mit­tee with Be­l­it­sky, his broth­er-in-law. He died last Oc­to­ber.
Brown passed on his love of Broad­way Sings to his son Cliff, who is chair­ing a con­cert planned by the group on Oct. 30 at Temple Beth Sho­lom in Cherry Hill, N.J.
The Broad­way Sings per­formers be­came close to Brown over the years. In fact, Charles Bergell sang at his fu­ner­al.
“Mike was some­body I learned a lot from,” said Don Ag­riss, chair­man of the pub­li­city com­mit­tee, adding that Brown was an ef­fect­ive sales­man for the ad­vert­ising book.
“He led by ex­ample. The en­ergy he ex­hib­ited made me want to do more.” ••
Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

Tick­ets, tick­ets …
Checks for tick­ets can be sent to Con­greg­a­tions of Ner Zedek, Con­cert Com­mit­tee, 7520 Bustleton Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19152.
To or­der tick­ets by phone, call the syn­agogue of­fice at 215-728-1155 or Jack Be­l­it­sky at 215-725-2912.
Tick­ets will also be avail­able at the door.
For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.broad­way­s­ings.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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