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City of Angels for Sderot

Los Angeles to hold benefits for Qassam-battered city featuring host of Hollywood stars including Sylvester Stallone, Paula Abdul, and Jon Voight

Itamar Eichner
Published: 02.25.08, 08:25 / Israel Culture

Los Angeles is proving to indeed be a "city of angels’". A host of Hollywood stars, including Paula Abdul, Sylvester Stallone and Jon Voight, will be participating Tuesday in a charity and solidarity concert for the rocket-battered town of Sderot in Beverly Hills.

 

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The concert, entitled "Live for Sderot", which will include a performance by Israeli singer Ninet Tayeb and will be attended by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will also launch the celebrations of the State of Israel's 60th anniversary in the city.

 

Guests of honor at this special concert will be a delegation of 10 teenagers from Sderot which were flown to visit Los Angeles and share their experiences of life in Sderot with local American youths.

 

The 15-year-old teens arrived in LA this weekend and have already managed to paint the town red.

 

Israeli Leadership Club (ILC) Chairman, Eli Tene, surprised each of the teens with $100 in spending money and a new iPod. The teens were also treated to a tour of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as to dinner with Ninet Tayeb and Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan.

 

The Sderot delegation also attended a hockey game during the weekend, and will also be treated to an NBA basketball game and a tour of Universal Studios during thier week-long stay. The teens will also visit Beverly Hills High School, the inspiration for the "Beverly Hills 90210" TV show, and meet with its sudent body.

 

The Highlight of the teens’ visit, however, will be the benefit concert for Sderot to be held Tuesday night. Paula Abdul has volunterred to host the concert, during which a videoclip entitled “Color red”, which tells the tale of the Qassam-weary town, will be screeened.

 

Attneding the concert will be the Los Angleles mayor, a wealth of dignitaries from the city’s Jewwish leadership, the ehads of the prominent movie studios in the city, and well as a whole host of celebrities and movie stars.

 

Avner Hofstein contributed to this article

 

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