A Musical Event
Recently, a fundraising event was held in the Levi Auditorium of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York City, with the goal to raise funds for the people of Putti Village. Hosted by the Shearith Israel League, this interesting and festive evening hosted two members of the African Jewish community called Kahal Kadosh She’erit Yisra’el. We heard a few of their special melodies, straight from Putti’s unique liturgical tradition. Also very inspiring was the Jewish musician Rachman Nachman who performed some of his reggae style songs with a Jewish twist. Sjimon den Hollander shared with us all about his involvement with this unusual group of people, his trips to Uganda, his close cooperation with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and others to teach and elevate this community.
In all, this amazing night was able to raise a very much needed $1,200 for the people of Putti to help with their educational and medical expenses. A highlight of the evening came when a couple who have been active in the League offered to pay the medical expenses for a young boy in the village who is suffering from sickle cell anemia. For too long Akiva Galandi was not able to get hydroxyurea, a drug used all over the world to alleviate symptoms of people suffering from sickle cell disease. Without it, a young boy such as Akiva finds it hard to play ball or even attend school with his friends. Once he has access to the medicine he can begin the process of partaking in so many childhood activities. Akiva is now on a good path, but many more Putti children need to find donors who will allow them to maximize their educational and health potential.
-Can you be one of those donors? Click the link below to donate towards the medical fund for the people of Putti. There is also an option to make your donation a recurring payment.