By Mitchell Slepian

“I’ve heard there was a secret chord. That David played, and it pleased the Lord. Hallelujah, Hallelujah.”

There was no secret that at Meet a Star Under the Starlight, held Sept. 15 on the rooftop of the Setai building, the ELEM activists and the crowd were loving Diana Golbi’s emotionally charged version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Many sung along.

Over the last few weeks many of us worked 24/7 to make Diana Golbi’s concert legendary. And it was. When I got there to set up, I felt the rain dripping on my head. It made me think of Under a Blood Red Sky. Watching Golbi launch into her opener and finishing off with Hallelujah made me think of U2’s break out performance.

Seventy plus people showed for what was a magical evening.

At ELEM meetings we speak of the passion we have for our cause of helping the kids in Israel, who have no one to turn to. Passion wasn’t a strong enough word for the night’s magic.

Lots of us volunteers arrived early. We raced around setting up the room. We all stayed late to clean up. The one thing that makes us do things so well is no task is too big or too small. We just do it.

People started arriving. Activists smiled as they walked the floor and introduced ELEM. Everyone left with a photo magnet that was shot during the event.

I am happy I got to spend a few minutes chatting with Diana. She is so genuine, so excited. She’s a star.

At 9:45, the crowd gathered around the stage. You could feel the excitement as Diana picked up her guitar. She launched into a sizzling performance. A great mix of songs in Hebrew and English were played.

During the Q&A, we learned that the volunteers from ELEM’s Vans project work nonstop to help. Diana often wondered why these individuals do it. Did these people have families, jobs and friends? Then she realized how much they care. She said ELEM provided a comforting atmosphere to talk.

To really get the picture of what happened, please make sure you click on the link to the photos that truly captured memorable moments.

My only hope is Diana gets her music on iTunes.

Photography by Ayelet Levron

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