Knowing firsthand the uplifting power of music in the hardest of circumstances, singer Yaakov Shwekey was determined to help the Australian Jewish community to are still facing restrictive lockdowns during Sukkos.
The legendary Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey is live broadcasting to the Australian Jewish communities who are still under lockdown.
The Australian lockdown, which has now been in place for over 3 consecutive months, has left shuls locked up and schools closed, keeping families and all community members home celebrating alone during the recent high holidays.
The community has been holding strong despite celebrating Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur without a minyan and being separated from family and friends. In conversation with Rabbi Chaim Levy of Sydney’s Shul, the world-renowned singer Yaakov Shwekey asked about the Australian Jewish community and how they are managing during the multiple lockdowns. He was saddened to hear firsthand of the situation, the loneliness, fear and helplessness that so many are experiencing. With great emotion, Shwekey recounted the friends he lost at the beginning of the outbreak, and how painful it is to know that fellow Jews still find themselves in this situation albeit on the other side of the globe.
Shwekey, who’s known for more than just his beautiful voice but his chesed and Ahavat Yisrael, describes how the power of music goes beyond barriers of time and space, and is able to uplift people even in the hardest of circumstances, he felt compelled to strengthen the community and bring a festive spirit during what is meant to be a time of joy and happiness for Jews the world over.
Shwekey took this on as his own and reached out to his good friend and internationally acclaimed speaker Mr. Charlie Harary to be part of this project and give over words of encouragement to uplift the community.
This coming Sunday at 6:00 pm Australian time, Yaakov Shwekey together with Charlie Harary, and a special kids magic show will broadcast live to members across the community in Australia.
“The broadcast is an exciting project and a heartwarming display of the unity and love in am Yisroel, there is no doubt that this will shine a light of hope and positivity during these times” says Rabbi Chaim Levy. The event can be accessed from all over the world through registering for free at events.humanitix.com/shul. Participants will also have a chance to win a brand new Apple Watch.
The event is dedicated in loving memory of Barel Shmueli who was killed while defending Eretz Yisroel and the people of Israel. With prayers to celebrate Simchas Torah with true joy reunited with our loved ones in Yerushalayim with Moshiach.