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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Sunday, May 28, 2017

The founders of the Jewish International Connection of NY (JICNY) Steve Eisenberg and Jodi & Gavin Samuels JICNY holds International Music Award themed Gala at The Highline Ballroom

Jewish International Connection of New York (JICNY) invites you to join the festivities at its annual Gala as they present 4 prestigious awards to Berel Fischler, Feliks Frenkel, Lev Grzhonko and Sivan Hadari on Monday, October 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at The Highline Ballroom located at  431 W 16th St., New York, NY 10011.

This unique, annual Gala event offers the international and Jewish community of New York a chance to enjoy an innovative and engaging social event with international friends while providing support to an outstanding Jewish organization.  This years’ theme; "An International Music Festival", will allow Gala attendees and JICNY supporters a chance to enjoy an exceptional fusion of an outdoor Music Festival with all the excitement of a beautiful, indoor Gala. Highlights of the evening will include an outstanding live performance and tribute to the music of Billy Joel performed by the band Songs in the Attic. Hosting the event will be International singer and Israeli Superstar, Hananel Edri, who recently returned to New York after hosting Israeli President Shimon Peres’s Birthday festivities followed by his own world music tour.  Other highlights include; Mexican food paired with live music from an authentic Mariachi band, Greek food accompanied by Greek theater and music, and the first ever kosher Korean barbecue

The Gala will encompass elements, decor and themes of everything an outdoor Music Festival would have to offer. “I am a firm believer that fundraisers should be fun” says JICNY founder Jodi Samuels, “And the JICNY Gala merges Jewish Philanthropy with that same fun, creative, entertaining atmosphere where you can try new foods, listen to excellent music and enjoy the wonderful vibes from a great, international crowd.”

About the Honorees:

Berel Fischler, Dedication to Jewish Life Award

Berel was born in New York and raised in suburban Chicago.  After an extended yeshiva education he returned to Chicago to follow his passion for food in culinary school at Triton College.

Feliks Frenkel, Tower of Light Award

Feliks was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 1977 with his family. He is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and Stern Business School. and currently Felix is founding partner and CFO of Money PRO Express.

Lev Grzhonko, Tower of Light Award

Lev was born in Moscow and moved to the U.S. in 1990.  He graduated from UC Berkeley and followed his education with a successful career on Wall Street. He was a partner and a founder of two quantitative hedge funds

Sivan Hadari, Young Leadership Award

Sivan is an Israeli-American actress, singer, publicist, producer and writer. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Israel; Sivan comes from a multi-layered Jewish and Israeli cultural background with a mother from Tunisia who fled the country at the age of 5 and a father with a Persian background.

The Jewish International Connection of New York Annual Gala will take place on Monday, October 21st, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at The Highline Ballroom located at 431 W 16th St. New York, NY 10011. For additional information, registration and ticket purchase visit http://jicny.com/. Tickets are $125 until Oct. 7th, $150 until Oct 21st and $175 at the door.