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Julie Lavender and friends bring successful benefit to NH area

Julie and friends performing at last year's benefit, which raised over $2,000.
Julie and friends performing at last year's benefit, which raised over $2,000.
Joe Miterko

Successes are best repeated, especially when they serve a good cause; and repeating her successful Siddur Project concert is just what musician Julie Lavender intends to do. In the first concert, Lavender, along with an array of talented musicians from the East Coast and members of Messianic Jewish Synagogue Ruach Israel in Needham, raised money for the aid of human trafficking victims in Israel through their Siddur Project Benefit Concert in Boston. “No matter where you stand politically or spiritually this is something you can get behind it and say ‘This needs to stop!’” Lavender said of the cause.

This time around, the talented singer/songwriter will perform her delightfully soothing and eclectic music in her native New Hampshire and to help trafficking and abuse victims a lot closer to home. She told Examiner “Over the last year, the human trafficking situation has been coming up more frequently and I've been learning about what is happening locally as well as around the world.” Her upcoming concert will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County, which helps victims of abuse and trafficking right in New Hampshire.

Lavender’s artistic partnership with the Jewish Community began with a spontaneous jam session between Julie and musicians from the synagogue one day after a service at Ruach Israel. Inspired by the Jewish prayer book (The Siddur) she sang an improvisational song based on one of the prayers. She then shared her musical project with Rabbi Nichol, himself a Jazz flutist and trombone player, and the rest as they say, is history. “Rabbi Nichol and I connected musically and he took an interest in my work. I brought him a copy of The Siddur Project, and he said ‘Wow, you should do a concert at Ruach sometime’. We began talking about doing a benefit concert after that. Honestly, I think we realized that in order to make our collaboration a real success it needed to be bigger than just our love of the music. We needed to help address the trafficking issue.”

After that first concert, people in Lavender’s own stomping ground suggested a concert in New Hampshire. This event is being held April 13th, 2014 at 7:00 PM at The Lawrence Barn Community Center in Hollis, NH. A plethora of accomplished musicians from the Boston area are set to perform along side Lavender, including cellist Catherine Bent, flute and clarinet player Don Davis, drummer and percussionist Bertram Lehmann, saxophonist Sagit Zilberman, pianist Maxim Lubarsky, bass player Fernando Huergo and special guest flutist/trombone player Rabbi Nichol.

The evening will also be enhanced by the display of Lavender’s beautiful paintings, which accompanying the songs in the project. There will also be a silent auction for a print of one of the paintings of The Siddur Project and there will be opportunity to make donations to the CAC during intermission.

The Lawrence Barn Community Center is located at 28 Depot Road in Hollis, NH 03049.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth 12-17 years of age. They can be purchased online at

To get further information, contact Julie Lavender by email:

For more information on The Siddur Project, visit

For more information about the Child Advocacy Center, visit:

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