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Jessica and Eric Zachs and family to be honored at Schechter gala

WEST HARTFORD – Jessica an Eric Zachs and family will be honored by Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford at the school’s annual Ner Tamid Fundraiser gala to be held on Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., at Beth El Temple in West Hartford.

The evening’s featured performer is Jewish-American Reggae artist Matisyahu, who agreed to perform at the event after receiving a video recording of Schechter students, their arms linked, singing his song “One Day.” Every Friday morning, the students at Schechter join together at RELISH, an assembly that celebrates community and welcomes the Sabbath. They conclude by singing “One Day,” which expresses hope for an end to violence and a prayer for peace.

Matisyahu’s closing number at the gala will feature Schechter students singing “One Day” alongside the artist.

“Schechter chose Matisyahu as the artist for this significant occasion because he understands the importance of accepting oneself at a young age and he roots his works in Jewish values,” says Head of School Andrea Kasper. “Schechter’s own mission of promoting the Jewish values of wisdom, community and good heart are reflected in Matisyahu’s mission and vision as an artist. Jewish values are the essence of Matisyahu’s work and Schechter’s education, and are the core of this influential collaboration. It is with great pride that Schechter invites a leader in expression of values through art onto this stage for such a momentous night.”

Honorees Jessica and Eric Zachs, along with their children “are excited to celebrate Schechter, the school’s mission, and our entire community with a message of hope that recognizes the power and resilience of youth,” says Jessica Zachs. “We are especially excited that Matisyahu will be performing at this year’s gala. ‘One Day’ resonates with our students, faculty and families. What better way to celebrate Schechter and our community?”

For more information on the Schechter gala and Matisyahu’s performance, visit

CAP: Jessica and Eric Zachs (center), with their children Ben and his wife Paige (left), Jacob and Zoe (right).

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