Chabad Center of Ithaca and Cornell University co-sponsored a unique Shabbaton and music event with the veteran educator and musician David Lazerson, known as Dr. Laz.
The Shabbaton was entitled “Hassids, Hip-Hop, & Harmony” and was attended by over 100 students and guests.
Ken Clark, director of Cornell’s united religious work, introduced Dr. Laz, who shared fascinating stories from his 30 plus years in special education – which has included two Teacher of the Year awards from two different public school districts, and being inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dr. Laz also spoke about his work in race relations & conflict resolution. The guests were amazed to learn that television personality Howie Mandel – who played Dr. Laz in the docu-drama called “Crown Heights” – put on Tefillin in public while on the movie set.
“Saturday Night Live” featured a hands-on music concert with many of Dr. Laz’s original tunes. Students were encouraged to bring instruments and jam along with Dr. Laz.
Rabbi Dovid Birk, assistant Rabbi at Cornell Chabad, together with campus groups, helped arrange this successful and exciting weekend events.