Bolton Street’s Mind-Blowing Benefit

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Max Major, a world-renowned mentalist from the D.C. area, will be dazzling attendees of Bolton Street Synagogue’s fourth annual fundraiser with mentalism, hypnosis and magic. The event, which takes place on May 6 at 7 p.m., benefits the educational and social action programs at the synagogue.

“This event will be a good time for anyone who comes, be they members of the congregation or just members of the community,” said Russ Margolis, president of Bolton Street Synagogue. “[Major] is a mesmerizing entertainer and, of course, there will be good food, drink and company. This event comes at a very exciting time at our congregation. We are newly affiliated with the Reform movement, and our current rabbi is moving to a larger congregation, and we are welcoming a new rabbi. We feel good about ourselves and want to spread the word and develop and expand what we can offer to the community.”

The fundraiser will also feature a silent auction with “items ranging from modest to pretty intriguing,” according to Margolis. “I suspect there will be vacations, fine wines, gift cards to local establishments — a variety of things for all interests and price ranges.”

Middle Eastern food will be provided as well, according to Nancy Savage, the event’s organizer.

In the past three years, the event sold out and raised more than $20,000 and $34,000 and close to $40,000, respectively.

“We are a small and very much volunteer-driven congregation, so we are very happy with the money we have raised in the past and anticipate that we will do equally well this year,” said Savage. “In addition to bringing in funds for the synagogue and its programming, this event is also just a great community builder. We look forward to a good time for all.”

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