More than 700 guests enjoyed an evening of powerful vocal performances and inspiring messages at “Divas on the Bima: Heart & Soul,” hosted by Virtua Foundation Community Partner, Congregation Beth El on Sunday, November 23, 2014. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support programs at Virtua that increase awareness about heart disease in women and provide the community with the tools to lead heart healthy lives.
“In Virtua Foundation, we found an organization that shares Beth El’s commitment to fulfilling not only the needs of our congregants, but also strengthening our community by making family and educational programming affordable and open to all,” said Shari Smith, event organizer and Director of Community Life and Membership at Congregation Beth El.
The concert featured popular Broadway, Israeli and Jewish Music, performed by Jen Cohen, Madga Fishman, Elizabeth Shammash and Beth El’s Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz-Boro. Songs were performed in both English and Hebrew, including contemporary liturgical compositions by renowned Israeli composer Danny Maseng.
The program brought together four nationally acclaimed Jewish vocalists to not only entertain, but to help set the stage for Virtua and Beth El to educate and encourage women to learn about the risk factors and warning signs for heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women over the age of 25 in the United States, regardless of age or ethnicity. Virtua is dedicated to caring for women throughout every stage in life, especially when it comes to this often silent killer.
Virtua Cardiologist, Dr. Maria Duca spoke and presented a short video on the symptoms that can be unique to women and how important it is to listen to our bodies and seek lifesaving mental attention before it’s too late. She was joined by Dr. Barbara Moront, a cardiology patient, who shared her personal story and how her actions and the quick thinking of Virtua doctors and nurses literally saved her life.
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