2022 ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Your holiday will be enhanced by our lineup of captivating performances and exciting activities.
SUPERSTAR, MORDECHAI SHAPIRO
Mordechai Shapiro was born in 1989 in Monsey, New York. His father was a chazzan and his mother had a background as a trained opera singer. Growing up in a Modern Orthodox household, he attended Ashar Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy for elementary school, and the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy for high school. Following his graduation from high school, Shapiro learned in Netiv Aryeh and then Bais Yisroel. Shapiro made his musical debut in 1997 as the star soloist of the Miami Boys Choir. As a child, he performed with Jewish entertainers such as Yaakov Shwekey even before he gained significant attention. He left Miami Boys Choir in 2003 when his voice became too deep to fit into a children's choir.
After leaving the choir, Shapiro took a break from music until his voice transitioned sufficiently. He was a student of voice teacher William Riley, who also taught Celine Dion and Josh Groban. Eventually, he began performing at weddings and other Jewish events as an independent artist.
Shapiro's solo career debuted in 2016 when he was signed by producer Yitzy Waldner, with the release of his album Kol Haderech, with songs such as schar mitzvah, peaking at #15 on the Billboard World Music chart. The album was followed by Machar in 2017, peaking at #3. and Hakol Mishamayim in 2019, peaking at #7. Most recently Mordechai released two new tracks and music videos, Ein Od Milvado, and a new Pesach song, Vehi Sheamda. Shapiro currently has over 30 million views on youtube combined and is working on two new albums at the moment.
MENTALIST, GUY BAVLI
For the last 30 years, the world-renowned corporate entertainer GUY BAVLI has headlined at theaters, casinos, and Fortune 500 events. He has been featured on hundreds of television shows worldwide, including History Channel’s Stan Lee’s Super Humans, Univision’s Sabado Gigante, and NBC’s Phenomenon. He has put on thousands of shows across 60 countries, from Chile to Australia. These performances include appearances at the world’s most exclusive venues including Caeser’s Place, Carnegie Hall, and the Frankfurt Opera House.
COMEDIAN, TALIA REESE
As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and ("moral") bankruptcy lawyer, it was unlikely that Talia's comedy career would start off in bar basements and midnight open mics, but that's where her soul was redeemed. Her set is high-energy, quick paced and autobiographical. The New York Post recently featured a nearly full-page article about her life and comedy and called her a "Hot Ticket". Talia is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and works nightly at top New York City comedy clubs. Her affable stage presence and sharp wit have also garnered her appearances on The Wendy Williams Show and Spike TV. Newsday Long Island has also taken notice, calling her a "rising star". Talia has completed residencies at The Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ and Mohegan Sun in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She continues to be a constant presence at Jewish events and fundraisers.
COMEDIAN, ASHLEY BLAKER
Ashley Blaker is an internationally acclaimed comedian, seen and heard on TV and radio across the world. He has performed on five continents including tours of the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, Israel and Australia. His five week run Off-Broadway was called ‘a slickly funny stand-up show’ by the New York Times. In August 2018, Ashley made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a sold-out run of his show ‘Observant Jew’. In May 2019, he began a sold-out tour of his new show ‘Prophet Sharing’ alongside Muslim comedian Imran Yusuf. he is the first Orthodox Jewish comedian to be given his own BBC show – ‘Ashley Blaker’s Goyish Guide To Judaism’ – which returned in October 2019 to rave reviews. Ashley has been featured on PBS News Hour, CBS, Fox News, in the New York Times, New York Post, Financial Times, Jerusalem Post, Süddeutsche Zeitung and in Jewish newspapers all over the world. In October 2019, Ashley also produced the triumphant return of the comedy phenomenon ‘Little Britain’ after a 12 year hiatus. As an award-winning comedy writer and producer, he has worked with a who’s who of British comedy
MASTER OF THE MIND, PAUL DRAPER
Watch and be amazed! The world of corporate mentalism has never experienced such a master performer. He was awarded the Merlin Award for World’s Best Corporate Performer by the International Magicians Society. His Mysteries of the Mind show is like a guide to the secrets of human nature and the wonders of the universe, breaking the laws of physics and defying the rules of reality.
PING PONG CHAMPION, ESTEE ACKERMAN
Estee Ackerman is a nationally ranked table tennis player. Estee is USA #17 for Junior Girls and top 40 for all women in America. In 2016, she became the first Orthodox Jewish athlete and one of only sixteen women to try out for the Olympics for Team USA.
Estee is the Girls Junior Olympic Champion for Singles and Doubles and has won many medals at the US Open and US Nationals. She has appeared on TV and made a YouTube video with the soccer team, the NY Cosmos. Estee does not play tournaments on Shabbos or Yom Tov and has been dubbed the "Sandy Koufax of Ping Pong". Ackerman hopes to try and make the 2020 Olympics.
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