Jewish Children’s Regional Service held its ninth annual “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues” Gala on February 2 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The event was Chaired by three former JCRS Presidents: Neil Kohlman, Bruce Miller and Leon Rittenberg III. Tipping out at 400 in attendance, this signature event raised vital funds for JCRS’s camp, college and special needs scholarships for Jewish children and students.
The 2020 event honored The Beerman Family, whose members proudly claim a near 100-year history with the original early 20th century Jewish Children’s Home orphanage. Six Beerman siblings were residents of the home in the 1920s, while more recently family members have served in leadership positions within JCRS, including Marc Beerman as President 2015-2017.
The program featured an inspiring evening of music from The Great American Songbook performed by the JCRS “Success Story” Ensemble comprised of current and former JCRS educational scholarship recipients who are all pursuing advanced degrees in musical performance. Basil Alter on violin is at the Manhattan School of Music, Joshua Dolney on trumpet is at the University of Illinois, Joshua Sadinsky on piano is at California Institute of the Arts and Caroline Samuels on double bass is at Boston University. Former aid recipient and past JCRS President Bruce Miller accompanied on the drums.
The evening included a cocktail reception presented by Broussard’s with libations donated by Sazerac Brands and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, followed by a seated three course dinner crafted by the Hilton chefs. The musically themed table centerpieces that included glittering trumpets and treble clefs were created by Gail Fenton Pesses and Sassy Celebrations. A silent auction focused on boutique shopping, restaurants and once-in-a-lifetime vacations rounded out the evening. The evening was capped off by a raffle drawing for a stunning 18 karat white gold and quartz necklace donated by Chad Berg and Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry.
Since 1855, JCRS has provided needs-based scholarships, support and service to Jewish youth and families in the form of college aid, Jewish summer camp grants and assistance to children with special needs.
Event at a Glance
What: “Jewish Roots of Rhythm & Blues,” benefiting Jewish Children’s Regional Service
When: Saturday, February 1
Where: Hilton New Orleans Riverside