Kid's Concert

Kid's Concert

A Kids for Kids Benefit Concert for the Children of Japan

Beth Shir Shalom Synagogue will present "Kids for Kids," a children’s concert to raise money for the young victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami. A time filled with music and stories, “Kids for Kids” will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 am.

The interactive concert will feature Neil Comess-Daniels performing songs from his recent CD of original music for children, titled “On This Day And All The Time.” He will be joined by world-renowned master cellist Lynn Harrell, violinist Helen Nightengale, Brad Cobb on bass, vocalist Margaret Marston, and Alan Abrahams on drums and percussion.

“Many world traditions teach us that we must help those in distress and by asking children to participate in that effort, we are providing them with an early opportunity to give of themselves. It’s an extra gift for all of us that we’ll get to sing music while we do what needs to be done,” says Comess-Daniels, who serves as Beth Shir Shalom’s Rabbi. “I am honored that all of the very talented musicians who will be performing with me are donating their time and energy for this important cause.”

Although written with young listeners in mind, the songs of “On This Day And All The Time” speak to children and their parents of all ethnicities and all religious backgrounds. “I write and sing children’s music for all children,” adds Comess-Daniels. “To do otherwise would leave unfulfilled one of the chief purposes of children’s music - to empower kids to bring the purity of their hope and love into the world.”

The concert will also spotlight the talents of temple members Harrell and Nightengale who are artist ambassadors to Save the Children, an organization that creates lasting change in the lives of children in need worldwide.

“Kids for Kids” is being held with support and in conjunction with Heartbeats Foundation (, as a direct channel to assist children in Japan. It was founded by Harrell and Nightengale; Comess-Daniels serves as board member. A $10.00 donation is requested for each adult and child. Milk and cookies will be served immediately following the concert.

Beth Shir Shalom is at 1827 California St., Santa Monica, CA. For more information call 310-453-3361 or email

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