​​The Grand Chanukah Music Festival

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941-493-2770 OR CELL 941-330-4477


The Grand Chanukah Music Festival

Featuring: Live Concert with Dr. Laz and the Jewish Rockers! And Giant 12 Ft. Menorah Lighting

When: Wednesday, December

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. 4:30- 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Gazebo in Centennial Park, Downtown Venice

The entire community is welcome to enjoy an awesome spectacle on Wednesday, December

th at Centennial Park, in Downtown Venice. Come and watch the kindling of the largest Menorah in Venice. The Menorah Lighting to take place during the Chanukah Concert with Dr. Laz and the Jewish Rockers. Dr Laz will perform from his repertoire of a Jewish Jazz and Rock and Roll. Exiting array of Activities: Special Appearance by Judah the Maccabbee and The Mayor. Performance by Children from the Hebrew School.  The Event is Free of Charge!

Enjoy an array of delicious, kosher food for a minimum charge, we offer:

​Chicken Soup and Matzah Balls, ​
, Donuts and Drinks.

About Dr. Laz:

Musician -
Dr. Laz has entertained hundreds of audiences throughout the world, from the very young to the young at heart. His concerts are fun, upbeat, filled with spontaneity and audience participation. His music features an eclectic blend of rap, rock, Hassidic, blues, reggae, jazz, bluegrass and even gospel! Dr. Laz & The CURE, his multi-ethnic music group, has played with Al Green, The Winans, The Manhattans, in front of the U.S. Congress, the Democratic National Convention, at Madison Square Garden, as well as numerous schools, universities and institutions across the country. Showtime used three of his original songs for the "Crown Heights" movie.

David Lazerson, PhD, aka – Dr. Laz, has been educating, inspiring and changing people’s lives for over 30 years as an author, musician, teacher, and a conflict resolution specialist. Dr. Laz is recognized worldwide for his innovative and educational techniques in learning. He has been featured on many national and international TV specials, such as CNN, ESPN, The USA Network, The Montel Williams Show, and The Phil Donahue Show. He has also been written up in most major newspapers and magazines throughout the country. His latest book, Sharing Turf, was recently turned into the Showtime movie, Crown Heights, which starred Howie Mandel (Deal Or No Deal, SNL) as Dr. Laz and chronicled his miraculous race relations efforts during the Crown Heights Race Riots in 1991. "Crown Heights" is available at NetFlix & Blockbusters. As a featured guest speaker at major conventions and book fairs throughout the globe, his lectures have been referred to as exciting, meaningful, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

Race Relations Specialist -
Just weeks after the Crown Heights race riots in 1991, Dr. Laz was selected by the Mayor of New York to be the liaison from the orthodox & Hassidic community to work alongside leaders from the African-American community. He was selected because of his already significant accomplishments breaking down stereotypes and barriers within this community. He and his counterparts created Project CURE - a racial harmony group, and what they were able to accomplish was nothing short of extraordinary. Starting with “dialogues for understanding,” Project CURE soon grew into a major force for positive change on a local and global level. Under Dr. Laz’s leadership, CURE got the NY Knicks to dedicate one night a year to racial harmony and his racially mixed CURE basketball team played during halftime for several years. CURE has won nearly every major civic award, including the Mother Hale award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fulfilling the Dream award, the NY Foundation Peace award, and the John Lindsay award

For more information contact Chabad of Venice , (941) 493-2770 or log on to:

Media Notice: The events are open to all reporters, journalists and photographers; your coverage is invited.  Rabbi Sholom Schmerling will be on hand to answer questions.

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