Emanu El Sisterhood celebrates Broadway, inclusion in the theater arts

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‘Music of the Night’ event will pay tribute to Dolores Wilkenfeld

Congregation Emanu El Sisterhood will hold its annual fundraiser for all to enjoy. “Music of the Night – A Bit of Purim, a Lot of Broadway,” a masked affair, will honor Dolores Wilkenfeld on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu El.

The exciting event, chaired by Kathy Parven, will feature Broadway stars Andrea McArdle, the original “Annie”, and Adam Pascal, star of “Rent”. The event will be hosted by Sirius XM Broadway commentator Seth Rudetsky. Students from TUTS’ The River will also perform as Sisterhood shines a spotlight on inclusion in the theater arts.

Wilkenfeld was president of Emanu El’s Sisterhood from 1961 to 1963 and president of the congregation from 1983 to 1985. She served as president of what is now known as Women of Reform Judaism and the World Union for Judaism progressive, as well as other organizations.

The honoree has taught hundreds of Bar and Bat Mitzvah students for over 50 years, leaving an indelible impression on students and parents.

Wilkenfeld has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Houston Assembly of Delphian Chapters, the Houston Joint Committee for Reform Judaism in Israel, the Jewish National Fund, and many others. Emanu El Sisterhood is honored to have this opportunity to recognize her accomplishments.

A portion of each ticket will be donated to The River at TUTS in Houston and the Actors Fund. The River provides affordable and accessible arts education for people with disabilities and their siblings. It includes programming for young adults and an inclusive performance troupe that performs at events across the city.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that promotes stability and resilience and provides a safety net for professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Fund has helped over 40,000 people in the performing arts community, from performers to backstage staff to ushers.

Emanu El’s Sisterhood is an active group of nearly 400 members that organizes a variety of events and programs throughout the community. They are committed to community service and social action, including a partnership with The River, to provide volunteer opportunities for members.

A dessert reception will follow the show, as well as a special cocktail for the “young” faithful. Guests are encouraged to wear a fun Purim mask.

Reserved and general admission tickets for Music of the Night are available from the Sisterhood office at 713-529-5771 or emanuelhouston.org/form/musicofthenight. Any ticket purchased can be transferred to a live viewing option. Details sent on request.

For more information, including corporate sponsorships and subscription opportunities, email [email protected].

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