Chanukah Telethon Dec. 16 Honors Hurricane Sandy Survivors & First Responders 

On Sunday December 16th, 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 from 7pm-11pm. 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 Lopz and Joseph Olivieri, tragically killed in the line of duty. This year, major singing stars and the Neshomoh Orchestra, will take center stage on behalf of the Chabad’s outstanding array of social service programs. They will be joined by the leaders in the entertainment industry, civic and corporate communities.

The Telethon is directed is 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.

Rabbi Perl inborn charm and social skills, which are formidable and readily apparent by those who are blessed to have made his acquaintance, are put to good use by him in order to further his inseparably entwined religious and fund raising objectives.  He has been known to pen an uplifting ditty and deliver his message - street style - as the “Rapping Rabbi”, - and know 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!”  for all details