Jewish Heart for Africa November Gala 2010

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On November 13th, the Jewish Heart for Africa held their annual November Gala of 2010 at La Venue in NYC!

What is Jewish Heart for Africa, you ask?  They are a charity that “brings sustainable Israeli technologies to African villages. In doing so, they are saving African lives, while funding Israeli innovation and improving Israel’s image around the world. In the past three years, they have used Israeli solar technology to power 32 schools, orphanages, medical clinics and water pumping systems, bringing light, improved education and proper medical care to over 150,000 African people.”

Saturday evening over 400 people dedicated their time to attend this wonderful event!  All the attendees helped bring even more clean water, energy, improved education and proper medical care to those in need of these resources in Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

The event consisted of a cocktail reception with an open bar and with lots of hors d’oeuvres being passed around by the JHA volunteers who were all in their early twenties. After the cocktail reception came a short program led by JHA founder and president, Sivan Borowich Ya’ari. The program started off with a thank you to all who came to show their support of this wonderful charity and then a video to more inform those in attendance about the efforts and mission of JHA. Shortly after was short dance and music performance by native Africans! It was a great pleasure to see two different cultures come together to celebrate unity!

Throughout the a majority of the evening, a runway challenge took place. Guests were invited to give a donation of $50 to walk the runway carrying a bundle of branches on their head while carrying very heavy jugs of water – one in each hand! If the participant was able to walk the entire runway without dropping the branch bundle their name was entered into a raffle. The winner of the raffle won an all expense paid trip to Uganda to help JHA in their efforts. Sivan and Rachel Ishofsky (Associate Executive Director of JHA) announced the winner at approximately 10:30pm. From then on the festivities continued with a live DJ and lots of dancing! There was also a couple of tables that were sponsored by patrons of the JHA that were selling African goods. The artistry and craft of all the items were remarkable and truly beautiful!

This event was truly one to remember thanks to event chair Michelle Shirian and volunteer coordinator Stephanie Galperin! I cannot wait till J Jewish Heart for Africa‘s next event!

To get involved with JHA you can visit their website:

– Dara Senders


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