The IDF Ensemble Takes Long Island!

Local media channel News12 Long Island also covered the event at this location

Thanks to Rabbi Alan Lucas, Rabbi Paul Kerbel, and Cantor Ofer Barnoy, we had an exciting evening of hope and heroism at Temple Beth Shalom. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors and to Temple Beth Shalom for hosting the IDF Ensemble. 

Some Highlights:

- We joined together in song and celebration as the IDF Ensemble sang happy birthday to our beloved Bina Diamond in celebration of her 80th birthday

- The audience broke into dance, and even a conga line, during "Yachad"

- Kantor Ofer Barnoy grabbed a mic and sang "Moshiach" and "Hatikva" with the IDF Ensemble

- Youth groups Merak Gefen and The Israel Scouts were at the concert and could not keep from singing and jumping up and down as they jammed to their favorite Israeli songs      

The Ensemble concert at Temple Beth Shalom was the last event after a very busy day for The IDF Ensemble. They started their morning on December 13th at the North Shore Hebrew Academy where they performed two interactive shows. The children at North Shore Academy (pre-k through 5th grade) sang and danced along to their favorite Hebrew songs, it was a truly joyous event. A few of our brave soldiers were even brought to tears when their performance of Hatikvah was met with a chorus of singing children who not only knew  everyword,but sang freely and from the heart. 

The IDF Ensemble then traveled to JFK Elementary School where they put on a

30  minute show: A Cultural Event of Hebrew and Israeli Music. The students in grades K-2 got a taste of Israeli culture, and what better way to do so than through songs performed by the Israel Defense Forces. Not only were the boys and girls bopping along to “Salam Alekom” and “Yom Yavo”, but many of them even made their way onto the stage to sing and dance alongside the soldiers.  


We owe the Long Island Community a huge thank you for making this day of music and celebration such a success. Your enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to our brothers and sisters in the Israel Defense Forces is unmistakable and deserving of recognition.      

If you have any photos to share from the IDF Ensemble concerts, please send them to our Facebook page

To see all photos from this event, please visit us on the FIDF Tri-State Facebook Page. Be sure to tag yourself, and “Like” and “Share” the photos. To learn more about the Long Island Chapter and get involved, please contact Rachael Youra at or 646-274-9661.

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