New York - Talent Competition Aims To Boost Confidence And Provide Creative Outlet For Orthodox Jewish Females
New York - A Brooklyn talent competition offers a rare chance for Orthodox Jewish women and girls to display their abilities in a public forum as they vie for cash prizes and recognition.
Talent Competition Aims to Boost Confidence and Provide Creative Outlet for Orthodox Jewish Females, being held on Sunday February 28th at Yeshivah of Flatbush High School, is a project of the National Council of Synagogue Youth. The event will feature 30 contestants ranging in age from 8 to 49 years old hailing from New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania and Israel.
Having an appropriate venue for women and girls to showcase their talents is an idea that has been a long time coming according to Carol Rhine, director of development programming and community engagement for NCSY. Mrs. Rhine noted that in her interactions with public school students she has found that the concept of kol isha, the prohibition against singing in front of men, was particularly difficult to accept.
“I had been working with one of the local schools to do a women’s event along the lines of America’s Got Talent,” Mrs. Rhine told VIN News. “I thought it would be great to show females that whether they are from public schools or day schools they could still express themselves creatively within Torah guidelines in an all-female forum.”
She’s Got Talent began accepting video submissions in November. Over 100 entries were received and live auditions held in January whittled the field down to a group of 30 finalists. Audience members at the live event will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites who will be singing, dancing, playing piano, doing gymnastics and performing in dramatic prose.
In addition to the talent competition, the event will feature comedienne Leah Forster, singer Bracha Jaffee, comedic actress Daniella Jacobs, dance troupes from three local high schools and the She’s Got Talent Choir, featuring a mix of contestants and girls who were not chosen to participate in the final round of the competition.
The judges will include four female Broadway performers and Allison Josephs of the Jew in the City website which highlights the accomplishments of Orthodox Jews. Mrs. Josephs expressed hope that this will be the first of many creative outlets for Orthodox women and girls.
“What is fabulous about this is that it is an opportunity for women to use their talents and express themselves artistically, which is so important,” said Mrs. Josephs. “I really hope that this expands more into other opportunities and I think that the Jewish world should be doing everything they can to support these kind of endeavors.”
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