David Broza, the trilingual Israeli singer-songwriter who has performed all over the world, will come to the Sellersville Theater for a benefit concert on April 17, his first live show since February 2020.
The following day, Broza will perform via Zoom for “Philly Hearts Israel: An All-Star Concert,” a Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, on a bill that includes Rick Recht, Nefesh Mountain, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Rabbi Lisa Silverstein, Josh Nelson, Chava Mirel, Shimon Smith and Laurie Aker.
“This is the time to get together,” Broza told the Exponent.
The 325-seat Sellersville Theater will take 100 concertgoers for Broza’s show, with virtual links available for a request-heavy show. Broza plans to donate his proceeds from the performance to the COVID-19 relief efforts at Grand View Hospital, based in Sellersville.
“I’m not thinking about it as a financial event, something with a very big earning,” Broza said. “I would rather do something that is meaningful, and have the experience of being one-on-one, me in front of an audience, as back in the day.”
Broza, 65, sings in Hebrew, English and Spanish, and counts singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and Otis Redding among his chief influences. He’s been recording since 1977, and his peace-promotion hit “Yihye Tov” was a staple of peace rallies in Israel for years.
Today, Broza remains a visible activist for peace. It’s fitting for the son of an early member of Neve Shalom, an Israeli village founded to serve as a model for positive Arab-Israeli relations.
Since the start of the pandemic, he’s played music for audiences from home, strumming and singing for Zoom shows quite frequently. It kept him busy, and he said he’s fortunate that no one in his life has taken seriously ill over the last year-plus. He’s looking forward to getting back on a stage.
“My ability and my need to perform, or my love for performing, is as strong as it was before,” Broza said.
On April 18, Broza will be back to Zoom performance, appearing alongside some
locally known Jewish performers for a Yom Ha’atzmaut show. Virtual admission is free.
“Philly Hearts Israel is going to be a joyous, all-ages concert celebrating Israel, and the strong relationship between Israel and the American-Jewish community,” said Addie Lewis Klein, director of community engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
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