Nov 21, 2012
Violinist's Comeback at Dinner
Photos: Peter Halmagyi

After years of absence, virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov resumed his brilliant career at Rabbi Dovid Weitman's dinner in Brazil.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Peter Halmagyi


A gala dinner celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ten Yad humanitarian organization in Brazil was a fitting occasion for Maxim Vengerov to make a comeback.

Resuming his brilliant musical career after a few years' absence, the virtuoso violinist took the stage at Estacao Júlio Prestes in S. Paulo and wowed a crowd of 1,000 people who came to salute the organization.

The Russian-born Vengerov, described by EMI Classics record label as one of the world's most exciting violinists, appeared alongside renowned Israeli pianist Itamar Golan.

Before the concert, Vengerov was given a tour of Ten Yad headquarters by its Deputy Director Rabbi Berel Weitman, where he learned about its social services, senior and homeless care, soup kitchen and meals programs.

Being born in the Soviet Union and witnessing poverty there, the violinist was deeply moved and commended supporters of the organization, one of the largest to combat hunger in Brazil.

The event began with a cocktail reception with many community leaders and elected officials in attendance. One of them was Sao Paulo Councilman Floriano Pesaro, who noted that "Ten Yad is a cause of great pride for all Jews."

Ten Yad's President Moises Nigri and Executive Director Rabbi Dovid Weitman explained how the organization provides more than food. "We give hope, energy and happiness," they said, thanking the 470 volunteers.

Founded in 1992 by Weitman, Rabbi of the Sephardic Congregation Beit Jacob Safra, Ten Yad distributes more than 700 tons of food per year and is partnered with the state and city of S. Paulo.

It has been awarded several times, among them the Bem Eficiente Award, granted by Kanitz & Associates to outstanding institutions in the country; the Betinho Award, granted by the city council for the best social programs in S. Paulo and others.

For more information on Ten Yad and its programs, visit www.tenyad.org.br.


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1
WOW!!!
What a beautiful event!!
(11/21/2012 11:58:50 PM)
2
hey berel weitman
keep your gr8 work!!
we miss u in ch
(11/22/2012 12:00:08 AM)
3
LOVED THE PICTURES!!!
Where this Peter Halmagyi from, I heard of him already...
(11/22/2012 12:03:12 AM)
4
Berel Weitman...
what`s up bro!!! what an amazing event, kol hakavod.
(11/22/2012 12:19:42 AM)
5
GOOO BRAZIL!!
brazil is the best place, and rabino david weitman is the example of a real successful shliach, witch got real talent!
(11/22/2012 12:36:11 AM)
6
reb dovid weitman emesse hadras ponim!!!
love this man
(11/22/2012 12:38:55 AM)
7
Kol Hakavod
What a Kidush Hashem!
(11/22/2012 1:03:14 AM)
8
Rabbi Dovid Weitman
Good to see you, keep your amazing work that you doing in Brazil, a true Shliach of the Rebbe with a lot of Hatzloche.
From Canada...
(11/22/2012 1:06:16 AM)
9
VIVA BRAZIL
I love this country spend a year shlichus there, really unbelievable shluchim with a lot of hatzloche and beautiful moisdes.
(11/22/2012 1:07:09 AM)
10
berale eize yofi!!!
ata tutach achi
mispalel kavua me haminiyan shlecha...
(11/22/2012 1:17:20 AM)
11
Berel
We miss u
Ya the man
(11/22/2012 4:09:16 AM)
12
To #3
I think he's from Hungary
(11/22/2012 9:01:04 AM)
13
Berale...
Dafakta Messiba!!
Kol Hakavod
(11/22/2012 10:45:33 AM)
14
Unbelievable Event!
Whats an amazing event I can see was really well done.
Yasher Koach for all the your guys.
(11/22/2012 11:03:56 AM)
15
Any connections??
Does Ten Yad Brazil has anything to do with Ten Yad from Crown Heights???
(11/22/2012 11:06:16 AM)
16
GOOOOOOOO BRAZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL
THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE AND WITH SUCH A STRONG YIDESHKAIT ! EVERYONE SHOULD GO TO BRAZIL AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE !
I MISS BRAZIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(11/22/2012 12:46:53 PM)
17
Bérélé Lubecki, Paris - France
To Rabbi Dovid Weitman, Kol Hakavod!!!
(11/22/2012 3:50:48 PM)
18
Probably...
The price that this Maxim cost for one concert, you can make five concerts of Fried or MBD!!
(11/22/2012 7:32:31 PM)
19
Go Berel
It's great to see you. You are a rockstar.
(11/22/2012 8:58:16 PM)
20
Papi
alo motik
(11/22/2012 10:47:24 PM)
21
A person with vision...
It`s so amazing to see projects like these, so successful and respected, inside and outside the community , that's what I call a person with vision.

Yasher Koach Rabb Dovid Weitman, a devoted Shliach with a brilliant mind!!!

A big fan.
(11/23/2012 12:21:41 AM)
22
the weitmans are the best!!!
love you guys!!
(11/23/2012 12:50:25 PM)
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