The 29th Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is set for the last night of Chanukah, Sunday December 28, at the Gulfstream Theatre Hallandale Beach Blvd. and US 1, in Hallandale Beach, at 7 p.m. Featured at, what is traditionally the worlds’ largest Chanukah event, will be child prodigy Ethan Bortnick and the king of Jewish music, Avraham Fried. The Festival is a project of Chabad of South Broward.
Ethan Bortnick is a pianist, composer and world-class entertainer who passionately enjoys entertaining. He plays over 200 songs from memory and can play both by ear and reading notes.
Ethan composed over 30 songs/pieces of music that are being published. Ethan plays classical, jazz, pop, folk and children’s music.
Ethan has appeared on “Oprah,” ” The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Good Morning America,” “Martha Stewart,” NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and many more national and international programs.
He has performed both live and televised concerts, both national and international. His range of music is remarkable, as he has performed and led symphony orchestras and opened at the kick-off show for Nelly Furtado’s recent tour. He has shared the stage with musicians such as Beyonce, Josh Groban, Santana, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, Smokey Robinson, Gloria Gaynor, Patti Labelle, The pointer Sisters and many more. Ethan recorded music for Disney’s Little Einsteins and has appeared on both Disney and Nickelodeon. Ethan has performed multiple times for live audiences of over 20,000 people. And the list goes on.
Ethan has raised record amounts for children’s charities and recently raised $12,000,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital, where they saved his little brother with 2 heart surgeries. He also recently co-hosted the Chabad Telethon raising over $8,000,000 for the charity and getting a worldwide viewership of over 20,000,000 viewers on this live TV program. He performed at last year’s Chanukah Festival in Hallandale Beach attended by 10,000 people.
Ethan’s accomplishments are comparable to those of well-known established musicians and entertainers, but . . . he’s only 7 Years old!
Avraham Fried has performed for 10 years at the Florida Chanukah Festival, and his presence will not only attract Floridians but thousands of Northerners who will be vacationing in Florida on December 28.
Admission to the Festival is free, but this year, in addition to VIP seats, a section of box seats will be available to the general public for $25.
According to Rabbi Levi Tennenhaus, Chabad’s program director, “This year we’ve arranged a different, bigger and better venue than last year, within Gulfstream, to accommodate a larger crowd. VIP and box seats are very limited, so I suggest that whoever is interested, should book reserved seats as soon as possible.” VIP and box seats are only available in advance.