E Street drummer raises money for Israeli tennis

NEW YORK – Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is lending his famous name and talents in support of the Israel Tennis and Education Centers Foundation (ITEC). Weinberg will perform in three fundraising events for ITEC titled “Playing for Peace: Featuring Max Weinberg’s Jukebox.” The galas will take place on November 9 in Chicago, November 16 in New York and December 7 in Florida.

All three events will include alumni from all 14 Israel Tennis Education Centers across Israel who will share personal stories. Following a scholarship auction, Weinberg will go on his Juke Box Tour, auctioning off various items as well as the opportunity to play drums and sing along with him. Attendees see two screens displaying 200 songs, from music legends like Springsteen, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Lauren Rabner, ITEC’s director of Mission and Special Events, said a donor connected to the drummer’s agent suggested that the organization approach Weinberg to participate.

“He agreed to participate,” he said.

“I am delighted to be able to participate in these fantastic gala events to raise funds and promote the ideals of the Israel Tennis and Education Centers,” said Weinberg. The Jerusalem Post.

Israeli tennis player Gur Trakhtenberg mid-game (credit: ALEX GOLDENSHTEIN)

“The work they do is so impressive and their mission to bring children of different backgrounds in Israel together on neutral ground to engage with each other through sport is a refreshing endeavor in today’s world. As we all know around the world, sports, as well as music, have the unmatched ability to transcend the barriers of language, politics, and religions. ITEC maintains sports activities for Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin children and in doing so brings a powerful and engaging energy to the task of peaceful coexistence. “

When Weinberg is not behind drums for the E Street Band, a job he has held almost continuously since 1974, the proud Jewish drummer spends his time living by the Jewish principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world. He has successfully raised donations for local New Jersey, national and international organizations through playing music and donating souvenirs for charity auctions.

He grew up in a Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey, celebrated his bar mitzvah and confirmation, and was deeply involved in the life of the synagogue his grandfather helped found. Weinberg’s Russian great-great-grandfather emigrated to Mandatory Palestine in the late 19th century and is buried on the Mount of Olives.

Weinberg said he was proud to continue his family’s connection to the Holy Land.

“I am proud and honored to bring music to help ITEC’s mission. My great-great-grandfather, Lev Mindlin, buried on the Mount of Olives and a lifelong Talmudic scholar, would expect no less from me! “


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