By COLlive reporter
On Sunday, May 22, popular Jewish recording artist and songwriter Yoni Z posted a photo of himself in a vehicle on social media. “Happy Sunday!” he wrote. This week: New York, Rome, Tel Aviv.”
Yoni Z, who is based out of Crown Heights, recently released his long-anticipated second album titled AHAVA. It consists of 12 songs, most of which he wrote and composed himself. It was musically arranged by Shloimy Zaltzman.
He described the album as extremely diverse in musical influences and genres from across the globe, including India, Africa, Orchestral Music, Pop, and even some Country music.
He said he titled it Ahava, which means love in Hebrew, because “I felt that if one word can encapsulate what positive message we can take away from this era, it is to love and accept each other more, and I hope people feel that in the music.”
So you could imagine the surprise of many of his followers when they saw a photo showing him in a hospital bed receiving medical treatment. It was posted by his brother on Motzoei Shabbos, May 28.
His brother reported the following:
“We thank Hashem that Yoni is alive and recovering but endured a bad Vespa accident during what was meant to be a 24-hour visit to Rome before continuing to Israel to promote the new album.
“He is in stable condition but suffered 7 fractures throughout his body. Please have him in mind in your tefilos (Yonatan ben Sigalit) and we are hopeful he will be able to travel home for Shavuos. His phone is with our father who is with him at this time. Thank you.”
On Sunday morning, the family reported:
”Baruch Hashem, Yoni is in COMPLETELY stable condition! There seem to have been media outlets that misspoke. The doctors are absolutely certain he will God willing make a full recovery. Our family and Yoni cannot thank everyone enough for the tremendous support and continue to keep him in your tefilos. Thank you!”