By COLlive reporter
Sitting and watching the snow as he was broadcasting his JM in the AM radio show, host Nachum Segal got a call on Thursday morning from Melbourne, Australia, where it was just past midnight on Thursday.
And he was clearly excited about the call. “Why do I think it’s so cool? I don’t know. I just think it’s cool,” he commented.
On the line were Shmuly and Tzirl Goldman, a Chabad couple from Crown Heights, who were calling from the parking lot of the wedding hall where their nephew Izzy Goldman‘s wedding to Australian Batsheva Balbin was taking place.
With the kallah’s family from Melbourne and the chosson’s family from Johannesburg, South Africa, Shmuly Goldman reported that the wedding was “just about identical to a New York wedding – just the accent is different.”
And even while they are abroad, Shmuly and Tzirl Goldman are busy with preparations for the upcoming 5774 Soul II Soul concert which they organize to benefit the education of Jewish children with special needs.
“It helps support the very high costs of Jewish special needs education in Crown Heights,” Tzirl told Segal in the late night / early morning interview. She said the costs can be between $35,000 and $98,000 for each child, per year. “It’s an added burden for parents.”
They said the concert on March 2, 2014 – Rosh Chodesh Adar II 5774 will feature Benny Friedman and his cousins, Shmuley and Bentzi Marcus of the 8th Day Band, accompanied by the Freilach band and the Shira choir.
“We try to keep (the concert) as professional as possible and at the same time – warm, so there’s a family feeling in the room,” Shmuly Goldman said about the musical event to be held at the Brooklyn School of Music, 883 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
“We think that having a family on stage will add a feeling of togetherness as a community to help our friends and neighbors and have a good time,” he added.
The Goldmans urge the public to purchase tickets at JewishTickets.com and help provide scholarships for special children through their organization Chasdei Soul II Soul.
They said they plan on taking a 16-hour flight from Australia to Los Angeles on Sunday, and than board a second, albeit shorter flight from Los Angeles to New York.
“We’re thinking of all our New York friends in the snow, while we’re gallivanting around Australia in summer weather,” Tzirl noted. “Our thoughts are with you.”
AUDIO: Interview begins at 2:01:00