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About the Concert:
Last February, KI and Beth Shir Shalom welcomed two Afghan families hoping to restart their lives here in America. One year later, both families have truly begun their American story. Come celebrate the tremendous work and love our Welcome Circles poured into this last year, and what an amazing success the program has been! Khwaja Ehrari, the father of one of these Afghan families, will perform for us at KI together with world renowned musician, Yuval Ron. We will also be honoring the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and attorneys Daliah Setareh (LAFLA) and Howard Shapiro (Mitchell Silberberg and Knupp) for their work on behalf of the families.

KI’s Connection to Mr. Ehrari:
Mr. Ehrari arrived only a few short months ago, with his wife and teenage son from Turkey, where he has been living since escaping Afghanistan, as it is no longer safe to make a living as a musician there. KI learned about Mr. Ehrari from his adult daughter who is one of the Afghan evacuees being assisted by KI in partnership with Beth Shir Shalom, through their work with HIAS’s Welcome Circle program for refugee resettlement. With assistance from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and pro bono attorneys, he was able to travel to and perform in the United States, where he is able to do so freely and safely.

PROGRAM UPDATE: Renowned Musician Yuval Ron to Join Khaja Ehrari on May 21!
Yuval Ron, internationally renowned world music artist, composer and producer, will be performing together with Afghan musician Khwaja Ehrari.

Yuval creates unique original film scores, music for contemporary dance, theater, museums, new media, medical and healing modalities. He performs, tours and records with his ethnic music and dance group the Yuval Ron Ensemble. Under his leadership, the the Yuval Ron Ensemble, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths and has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and in the international press and media, performing at The United Nations International Day of Peace Concert in 2019. Click here to learn more about Yuval Ron.