Feb 22, 2015
Unity On Soul to Soul Stage
Photos: Itzik Roytman

The annual Soul to Soul concert united Ashkenazi and Sefardi Benny Friedman and Chaim Yisrael together for a sold out event in Crown Heights.

By COLlive reporter
Photos: Itzik Roytman

The annual Soul to Soul concert in Crown Heights was a renewed reminder of what unity looks like.

With popular singers Benny Friedman and Chaim Yisrael performing both Ashkenazi and Sefardi hits, the delighted crowd applauded as each song began, and sang along with their favorites.

The duo performed for a packed house at the Brooklyn School of Music, benefiting the school tuition costs of children with special needs.

Local Crown Heights star Benny Friedman gave an energetic performance with his well known hits "Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li," "Toda," "Bum Bum" and others from his new album including the title track "Kol Haneshama", while the crowd sang and danced along.

Israeli singer Chaim Yisrael, even while performing with a sprained leg, got the crowd going with both lively and soulful Sefardic hits such as "Menorah", "Rebbe" and "Malachim".

Mendy Pellin gave a hilarious live "Jewbellish" nighttime show, beginning with a monologue and leading into an interview with the show's stars as well as Shmuly Goldman, who along with his wife Tzirl direct the Chasdei Soul to Soul organization and produce the annual show.

A unique moment during the show was a medley of songs by the classic 80's Jewish boys choir Tzlil V'Zemer, sung by Benny. A surprise for the crowd was when Benny called up musician Chony Milecki, his partner on the popular weekly 90 second Dvar Torah videos, and they filmed the upcoming week's episode from the stage, to applause from the crowd.

The spirited finale had Benny and Chaim Yisrael join on stage for "Yesh Tikvah," Benny's most popular hit song, which had the crowd singing and dancing.

Benny Friedman - Todah

Chaim Yisrael - V'Afilu B'Astara

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The Dvar Torah was the highlight! Everyone around me was wiping away their tears!
(2/23/2015 1:18:38 AM)
Benny Friedman
is the best of the best that lubavitch has produced!! amazing kiddush hashem and kiddush lubavitch! Kol Hakavod Benny and the Goldman family
(2/23/2015 11:24:14 AM)
Soul ll Soul
Thank You Shmuly & Tzirl for giving Crown heights the best concerts for thirteen years.Can't wait for next years concert!!!
(2/23/2015 4:26:42 PM)
Is there a way that we can see the video of Jewbellish's Mendy Pellin?
(2/23/2015 5:44:34 PM)
Wish I could of been there
Keep Up the good work!!!!
(2/23/2015 7:16:44 PM)
was there
Chaim Yisrael totally rocked that concert!
(2/23/2015 7:17:31 PM)
i spy shloimy!
I spy shloimy carciente!!! you are the best!
(2/23/2015 8:39:22 PM)
Ezry Israel
Hi ezry!!!
(2/24/2015 4:01:05 AM)
Well done Shmuly and Tzirl!
(2/24/2015 5:31:15 AM)
amazing benny
The best singer in history
(2/24/2015 8:19:44 PM)
CHAIM YISRAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You rocked that concert!!!!!!! Next time you can hopefully chose what songs to sing .....and you actually sang my favorite viafilu min hastala!!!!(and more!)
Thank you so much for coming the long way!!!!!!!
Looking forward to your next concert!!!!!
My friends and I really enjoyed it!!!!!
-----#1 fan!!!!
(2/24/2015 8:28:45 PM)
Gotta Love that Mendy Pellin
The program was so joyous, great singing and some perfect comedy to spice up the stage. Thank you Goldmans
(2/25/2015 1:52:20 PM)
couldn't be there as don't live in isa, but the videos and pictures are all amazing, absolutely LOVED how benny and choni's dvar torah this week was filmed there, so gorgeous and really told their message well, especially at such an incredible event for an outstanding cause
(2/26/2015 4:22:25 PM)
I am happy to see mendy pellins jewbelish
(2/26/2015 5:10:05 PM)
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