On Sunday, December 16, millions of people across the tri-state area will be tuning in to the Chanukah Telethon on WLNY TV 10/55. This annual broadcast is a beacon of Yiddishkeit—spreading the warmth of Torah and tradition while demonstrating the most essential quality of Judaism—helping those in need.
The Chanukah Telethon will be seen on 40 cable stations throughout New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, Rockland, and Connecticut on December 16, 7:00–11:00 p.m. Hurricane Sandy survivors and their first responders will be honored. A special memorial presentation will be made to the families of Nassau County Police Officers Arthur Lopez and Joseph Olivieri, tragically killed in the line of duty. This year, major singing stars and the Neshoma Orchestra will take center stage on behalf of Chabad’s outstanding array of social service programs. They will be joined by leaders in the entertainment industry, civic, and corporate communities.
The telethon is directed by Rabbi Anchelle Perl, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom, Chabad of Mineola. Rabbi Perl is well known to people of all faiths in this region as a religious leader and philosopher, and as a philanthropic go-getter for the organization he directs, the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE).
Rabbi Perl has put his deep personal faith into practice. His stated objective is to “maintain a proactive approach to community building, uplift society, educate young and old to the beauty of heritage and roots—to communicate the good so inherent in all human beings.” Toward that end, Rabbi Perl developed the annual “Good Deed Awards for Long Island’s Teenagers” in recognition of young people of all races and religions for the positive role and example of goodness to society they have demonstrated.
After serving as a Commissioner of Human Rights in Nassau County, he is now an active force on the Nassau County’s Task Force on Domestic Violence & Abuse. The esteemed rabbi established “Project P.R.I.D.E.” (Prevention Resources Information & Drug Education) aimed at helping those with substance abuse problems, and he continues to coordinate the network of Hebrew schools for unaffiliated families and single parents.
For the Chanukah Telethon, Rabbi Perl expects to attract call-in donations on the evening of December 16 by challenging his 10 million viewers to tune in to watch him “Doug E” dance with his “Rocking Rabbis!”