A Concert in St. Augustine to Benefit Rabbi Samuel Cywiak

By now, many of you are familiar with Flight From Fear, the Holocaust memoir which I had ghostwritten for Rabbi Samuel Cywiak. What you may not know is that at age 91, Rabbi Cywiak is finally retiring from his role of Principal Rabbi of Sons of Israel Synagogue in St. Augustine, FL at the end of May. Financially, this is going to be a difficult change for Rabbi Cywiak and his family. It’s sad that such a brilliant spiritual leader has had to work so late in his life just to make ends meet. Some very good people are organizing fundraisers to help the Cywiaks with this challenging transition. The details of the first event organized by Dr. Roger J. Geronimo are listed below. Please come out and support this cause, and help to give back to a man who has given selflessly to so many people for well over sixty years as a rabbi, mohel, cantor, and chaplain. 

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Geronimo Classics, Inc. (a 501 c3 non profit corporation) presents an afternoon of great music to benefit Holocaust survivor and author, Rabbi Samuel Cywiak, starring “Legacy” with musical legend Jimmy Lopez and song styling vocalist Charlene Carbino.

The concert will then feature the renowned Italian tenor Dr. Roger J. Geronimo with Martha McKie as accompanist.

Dr. Roger Geronimo (right) with his protégé, Gustavo Lopez-Manzitti (left), and legend Plácido Domingo (center)

Date:  Sunday, May 15, 2011,  3:00 PM

Location: Gamache-Koger Theater at the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center, King St. 

Tickets: Tax deductible contribution, $20 in advance, $15 for moms, $25 at the door

Contact: 904-794-1443 or tenore2@hotmail.com

Refreshments will be served

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2 Responses to A Concert in St. Augustine to Benefit Rabbi Samuel Cywiak

  1. Donna says:

    Did you know that Rabbi Samuel Cywiak is now in a nursing home in Ft. Lauderdale, after having a stroke? His 92nd birthday is March 25. We have heard that his wife is struggling financially.

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