By COLlive reporter
Photos by Baruch Ezagui
Talk-show host Larry King will be hosting the 30th anniversary of Chabad’s “To Life!” telethon, broadcast live from Hollywood, California.
This year’s celebrity guest list includes Tom Arnold, Ed Begley Jr., James Caan, NBA champ Jordan Farmar, Louis Gossett Jr., Elliott Gould, Howie Mandel, Bob Saget, Martin Sheen and Jon Voight.
Scheduled to perform are Chassidic music superstar Avraham Fried, Broadway and Yiddish theater actor Mike Burstyn, singer-songwriter Matt Morris, 9-year-old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick and the M-Generation boys choir.
The Telethon was created in 1980 by California’s Head Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Cunin in response to a devastating fire that destroyed Chabad’s West Coast headquarters in Westwood Village and claimed the lives of three young men.
The telethon supports a network of over 200 Chabad Houses and a range of programs providing social services to the needy and support for children with special needs.
Last year’s broadcast generated more than $7 million and you can expect the dancing rabbis in front of the tote board again this year.
The telethon is co-chaired by producer Jerry Weintraub and attorney Marshall Grossman.
Its producers are Rabbi Chaim Nachum Cunin (Executive Producer), Chaim Yechiel Marcus (Producer), Rabbi Ari Baitelman (Supervising Producer), Rabbi Simcha Backman (Associate Producer) and comedian Mendy Pellin (Segment Producer).
“We are beyond excited,” Rabbi Chaim Cunin told COLlive.com Friday.
“We’re marking 30 years of Hafotzas Hamaynos. As the Rebbe said, the telethon inspires an untold amount of Jewish people to do Mitzvos like Tefillin and Shabbos candles.”
The show will be broadcast live Sunday, Aug. 29, from 8 pm to 11 pm GMT in Los Angeles, KTSF Channel 26 and on DirecTV’s Jewish Life Television.
Tune in to COLlive.com at 11 pm Eastern Time for a live webcast.