Israeli Broadway star performs for Gardens Chabad’s 10th birthday

Dudu Fisher performs at a 10th anniversary celebration for the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens at the Eissey Campus Theatre. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens

An Israeli Broadway star who was exempt from performing on Friday nights and Saturday matinees because of his devoutness entertained an auditorium full of people celebrating the Chabad of Palm Beach Gardens.

Dudu Fisher performed a full-length concert for about 750 people Tuesday evening at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the Palm Beach State College campus for the Chabad’s 10th anniversary. The Chabad started in the living room of Rabbi Dovid and Chana Vigler and has now grown to a much larger community with its own space at 6100 PGA Blvd., according to a news release.

Fisher performed classics from Les Miserables, John Travolta, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond, among others, according to the release. He was accompanied by a full orchestra led by award-winning musical director and conductor Shai Bachar. At one point in the concert, the theater joined him in singing classic Shabbat songs, the release stated.

Fisher described how conflicted he was as a young singer offered the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. The role would have required him to perform on Shabbat, a day of rest and celebration in Judaism.

He refused the offer, but as his resolve was wavering, a religious leader blessed him by saying if he “holds strong in his Judaism, everything will fall into place, according to the release. Broadway made an offer that exempted him from having to perform on Shabbat or other Jewish holidays.

During his performance last Tuesday, Fisher also performed a new song, “Mamelle.”

A video was shown before the performance featuring seven Palm Beach Gardens residents whose lives as politicians, athletes or other professionals had been enhanced by their involvement with Chabad.

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