When the Shalva Band’s director, Shai Ben-Shushan, received the prestigious Shalem Foundation award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, he passed on the recognition to the members of the band, because it they who are making the impact on the community. Here’s one shining example:
The Shalva Band took to the bustling streets of mid-town Jerusalem for a sidewalk performance. Like all street performers, there was an open guitar case for donations. A couple hundred Shekel’s worth of loose change dropped into the case in support. The band’s director, Shai Ben-Shushan, asked the members what they wanted to do with the money… maybe pizza?
The band reached a group consensus that the money they raised should be passed on to the needy who themselves have taken to the streets to collect.