The concert was held at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford to benefit three grassroots organizations in Ukraine.
WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Along with Ukraine, several local organizations have planned an evening of music and hope in West Hartford to show their support.
“Music soothes the soul to begin with,” said Rabbi Donna Berman, executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center. I think it’s both heartwarming for people and inspiring for people to do even more with hope when they leave this place,” she said.
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For Connecticut‘s Ukrainian community, it was an opportunity to show off some of their culture while providing everyone with a supportive gathering place.
“It’s also an opportunity for people to be together and feel the warmth and comfort of each other because I think people are really, really scared,” Berman said.
“It says it all when people from all these different backgrounds come together to say that we care about each other no matter our differences and when you hurt one person, you hurt all of us,” he said. said West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor.
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This sense of unity and willingness to help has not gone unnoticed by those with ties to Ukraine. Although weeks have passed and there is a long way to go, they still see the same energy from people wanting to do something, finding creative ways to stay focused on needing help.
“There has been no evidence of diminishing support, so we are very grateful to everyone in Connecticut who has been so supportive over the past few weeks,” said Alex Kuzma of the Catholic University Foundation. Ukrainian.
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Funds raised from the benefit concert go to three organizations on the ground in Ukraine, making sure everything gets exactly where it needs to go.
“At this point, direct donations are best because these are the people who can buy these essential medical supplies. The body armor, the tourniquets, all the vital equipment they need,” Kuzma said. . “They know what they’re doing, they’re on the pitch, they’re doing an amazing job,” he said.
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