Award-Winning Israeli Singer-Songwriter Ishay Ribo to Perform Live in Baltimore on Behalf of Chayeinu

By BJLIfe/Kenny Friedman
Posted on 07/29/21

Baltimore, MD - July 29, 2021 - On Sunday night, August 1, 2021, for the first time ever, the Baltimore community is excited to host award-winning Israeli singer-songwriter, Ishay Ribo, to bring recognition to the important work of Chayeinu, a community organization promoting the prevention of substance use disorder in the Baltimore Orthodox Jewish community through education and awareness.

Ishay Ribo is the rare crossover talent igniting tremendous excitement among religious and secular fans alike. Ribo has released four studio albums, two of which have been certified gold, while one which went platinum and has collaborated with Israeli pop stars including Shlomo Artzi, Motti Steinmetz, and Omer Adam. His inspirational and original songs of spirituality and faith have a deep impact on listeners and have led to his skyrocketing popularity.

Chayeinu was founded by a group of people who were concerned about the alarming increase in alcohol and drug use in the Jewish community. With the cooperation and approval of the Vaad HaRabbonim of Baltimore, Chayeinu partners with local yeshivos and day schools to educate youth and teens about how substance use disorder can affect their lives - physically, emotionally, and otherwise.

"Chayeinu believes strongly in using education to enable youth to make smart life choices," explains Esti Ziffer, Chayeinu's President. "We work with top-level professionals and engaging speakers to deliver this important information to kids in a way that is accessible, relevant, and empowering. Chayeinu values the partnerships that it has established with many local schools, and we look forward to continuing working with them to raise a generation of Jewish men and women that are healthy and confident."

In addition to its work with schools, Chayeinu has also conducted various community-wide events, including public lectures from renowned speakers such as Dr. David Pelcovitz and Rabbi Yakov Horowitz. Chayeinu has also collaborated with Delegate Dalya Attar to run multiple events at which Narcan is provided free-of-charge to all community members.

"Substance use disorder is a real challenge facing our community, but we can confront it," explains Ziffer. "By acknowledging the challenge and utilizing a range of experts and educators to devise strategic and data-driven plans to address it, we can cooperate as a community to raise youth that are better equipped to make smart choices."

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