The Jerusalem Post

Concerts by and for people with autism, special needs

- • By HANNAH BROWN

Two concerts given by and for people with autism and other special needs are set to take place in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The Integrativ­e Orchestra, comprised of approximat­ely half musicians with various special needs and half students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance on the Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will give a concert on June 21 at the music school. The preconcert reception begins at 6:45 p.m. and the concert will start at 7 p.m.

This music group was created in a pioneering partnershi­p between SHEKEL-Inclusion for People with Disabiliti­es and the Jerusalem Academy, supported by Perach, a student tutorial project, the US Embassy’s American Center in Jerusalem and Friends of the IDF.

The instrument­s the orchestra features are as diverse as its members, including violins, guitars, percussion instrument­s, darbuka, pianos and singers.

The orchestra made its debut in late February 2020 but has not performed publicly since then for obvious reasons. Participan­ts in the orchestra and their families are enthusiast­ic about how the group is fostering friendship­s and connection­s that go beyond the music.

On June 23, singer Ivri Lider will lead a show that will raise funds for the Associatio­n for Children at Risk – Autism Treatment and Research Center at 8 p.m. at the Heichal Hatarbut-Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. Lider will perform, along with singers Idan Amedi (who is also an actor best known for Fauda) and Zehava Ben. Actor/ journalist Roni Kuban will host the event. You can order tickets at https://www.childrenat­risk.org.il/2021-event

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