CLIENT FEEDBACK

Below are unsolicited quotes from past clients

Lynn R. (Elkins Park, PA)

"The party was just wonderful – it was everything {that our son} wanted, and it was obvious that he loved every minute of it, as did we. We all had a great time and the party left us feeling very happy. It was a great way to cap off a special weekend.

Your work at the party and throughout has been stellar. You make the process smooth and easy, and you are a pleasure to work with. We thank you for giving us a perfect party, and we will gladly recommend you to others and would be happy to be a reference . . ."

 

Rita R. (Lansdale, PA)

"I could not have asked for a better experience both with your music and with the photo booth.  I loved every second of the party.  and my mom {the grandmother} loved every second.  We both appreciated how the music was at a volume that was still fun but people could still talk!  i think {our daughter} and her friends would still be dancing if we hadn't had to leave the {country} club!  I will definitely recommend you to anyone and if you need to add me as a reference for potential future clients, please feel free! Thank you!"

 

Marsha K. (Elkins Park, PA)

"Hi Don . . . We wanted to let you know it was a fabulous night- everyone had a great time dancing all night. The kids loved their camp songs. {my older teenage son} and his friends may have had the best time of all!!!  The lights and up lighting made the room look amazing.  I also wanted you to know that you sell your photo booth way short! It was as good as any photo booth we have seen! . . . The photo booth area was bright and inviting and the two gentleman we had there were especially nice and helpful and there was never a long line. And I never knew that {our son's} name and the date would be on every picture!!  Thank you for all your help in the planning, organizing, decorating and DJing our party!!!"

 

Michelle F. (Philadelphia, PA)

". . . THANK YOU!  With the uplighting, the room was transformed into a great party space.  Even more importantly, {your staff} were terrific!  The music was just perfect; there wasn't a single misstep.  In addition, {the MC} got everyone out on the dance floor and kept the energy level up and at the right pace for the entire evening.  Everybody had a great time, and your people were an absolute pleasure to work with.  {Our son} said that it's the best party he's ever been to -- high praise, indeed, from my son, who loves a good party.  Many of our guests also complimented us on our choice of DJ/MC.  We will happily pass on your information to them."

 

Adine F. (Merion Station, PA)

"We can't thank you enough!  It was truly the perfect evening.  Everyone was gushing and telling us how much fun they had -- kids and adults alike.  The music mix was great, the volume, everything that we talked about..."

 

Bettina R. & Tim I. (Havertown, PA)

"We want to thank you for everything you did to help make {our son's} Bar Mitzvah such a special day.  It was a pleasure to collaborate with you prior to the day.  Your warmth, suggestions, professionalism and organization were appreciated and so helpful to us in our planning.  The music was wonderful, your staff were fun and professional with our guests, you helped create the atmosphere of warmth and celebration that we were looking for, and all was done tastefully  and with consideration of all age groups (people so appreciated being able to have conversations even when music was playing!).  From the start of the service to the end of the party we truly had a very special and meaningful day with {our son}, our family and community. Much much thanks for being part of our memories.  We look forward to our paths crossing again, and wish you a wonderful year ahead with many successful celebrations, and health and happiness to you and your family!"

 

Aimee & Yaron H. (Tenafly, NJ)

"We can't tell you how wonderful the party was, and how much credit for that goes to you! . . . At least 2 of our friends have asked for your contact information and I will be enthusiastically sharing it with them. Thanks again for a fabulous party. We couldn't have wished for anything better!"

 

Esty R. (Merion Station, PA)

"Thank you so much for making this Bar Mitzvah so fun and entertaining.  Kids had a blast!"

 

Elissa G. (Philadelphia, PA)

"I cannot say enough good things about your work on Saturday night.  Having you there meant that {we} could relax and enjoy time with our friends and family members who showed up.  You kept the kids engaged the entire time.  {Our daughter} was happy.  We were happy.  It looked like a lot of the kids had fun. "

 

Anndee H. (Philadelphia, PA)

"As we were debriefing (way too late into the night!) on Saturday, we agreed that one of the great decisions we made regarding {our daughter's} Bat Mitzvah was hiring you as the DJ. You are professional, personable, talented and easy to work with. It was so clear, watching the kids at the evening party, that every one of them--from age four to thirteen--was engaged, happy and excited to be there. Such a different experience from the record hops of my youth, where a small group of girls danced with one another, boys plastered themselves to the wall and the DJ spun a few records and called it a night. We so appreciated the work of both you and your dance motivators, and we will happily spread the word with other . . . families."

 

Cynthia R. (Philadelphia, PA)

"Don, thanks so much for making it a great party!  {Our daughter} had a wonderful time and said you were the best DJ ever.  She was very pleased by every aspect of the party (right down to the socks!) and has worn her penguin hat all weekend.  You were a great pleasure to work with -- always so professional and organized.  The dance motivators were great too . . . I could not be more pleased with how everything went."

 

Debbie A. & Glen F. (Dresher, PA)

"Don -- Thank you and your crew for creating a terrific party for {our son} and his friends.  We have already received many calls and emails from parents who heard from their kids it was the "BEST PARTY EVER!"  Most importantly, {our son} had a wonderful time.  Thanks for your thorough preparation, which ensured everything happened smoothly!"

 

Deborah S. & Robert G. (Havertown, PA)

"You did a TREMENDOUS job at {our son's} Bar Mitzvah and we can't thank you enough for pulling it off so adeptly! You managed to entertain and integrate all the different age groups and interests, and we very much appreciated your care in both listening to our wishes and integrating them into the final party plan. Everyone commented on what a great job you did."

 

Mary Ann & Nick M. (Turnersville, NJ)

"Just a note of thanks for the wonderful music for Danielle and Matt's wedding . . . They were both so excited when they learned you were available for their special day.  We can understand why.  So many of our guests commented on the great mix of music and how everyone participated in dancing from the very beginning -- what a way to set the tone for the evening!  Many guests said they couldn't remember when they had so much fun.  We're all so appreciative of the special part you played in making the wonderful memories we'll always cherish."

 

Sara K. (Cheltenham, PA)

"Everyone had a blast! Thank you so much!  Everything was great and according to plan!  I appreciate all the work and preparation . . ."

 

Batya W. (Wynnewood, PA)

"I just wanted to thank you for making {my son's} party a huge success!  Your ears must be ringing because everyone in the neighborhood is still taking about how the music was not too loud and that they did not have to shout above the music!  It was truly fabulous and even the out of town guests were all raving about DJ who was 'not too loud'!"

 

Sharon E. (Ardmore, PA)

"Thank you so much for making {my daughter's} bat mitzvah so wonderful. We really appreciate everything - it was a lovely afternoon. Thank you for helping to make it so festive. {My daughter} and her friends had a fantastic time - you got them all to participate and to have a great time." 

 

Mitch D. (Warrington, PA)

"I know that this was said on Saturday but we love being able to share our special occasions with you and your staff.  The event was extra special because of your professional approach and ability to recognize how to manage a party of this magnitude.  We owe you a special thank you and acknowledgement and look forward to being at occasions with you in the future.  You have a great personality and very easy to work with.  We thank you for all that you have done to make {our daughter's} day special." 

 

Jennifer K. (Jenkintown, PA)

"Thank you so much for making {my daughter's} Bat Mitzvah party so awesome!  Everyone had loads of fun!  You are great to work with and I will recommend you to everyone . . . I'll be calling you again in 5 years when for {my son's} Bar Mitzvah . . . "

 

Beth L. (Elkins Park, PA)

"{my son} had a wonderful time at the party tonight ("best time ever").  Your team was terrific especially managing a group with many very exuberant boys . . . " 

 

Rennie N. (Elkins Park, PA)

"I just wanted to drop you a line, now that the dust has settled, to say thank you for the wonderful job your crew did at {our daughter's} Bat Mitzvah.  {Your staff members} were amazing.  They corralled the shy kids and got everyone moving and laughing.  Your attention to detail was greatly appreciated as both the kids and the adults enjoyed the music and dancing.  Again, thank you.  I will recommend you to all that need your services."

 

Maribel B. (Mt. Airy, PA)

"Thank you so much, the party was a HUGE success and {our son} danced non-stop all night!"

 

Sharon S. (Bala Cynwyd, PA) 

"We had a really wonderful  time at {our son's} Bar Mitzvah Party on Saturday night. Your team was very professional and showed the kids a fabulous time. Your attention to detail and great communication skills made this party a pleasure to plan. I will be sure to pass your name along to other people planning similar events.  Many thanks for everything."

 

Michele P. (Villanova, PA) 

"The weekend was perfect and we got compliments on everything . . . Don, my whole family from NY was so impressed with the music.  They were so happy to be at a function where the music was fun but not so over the top loud that you can't hear yourself talk.  They loved the Israeli and middle eastern music too.  In fact, my sister was really worried about the music being too loud because she had ear surgery last year to correct a hearing problem and when things get too loud it hurts her.  She said it was wonderful and it didn't bother her at all and she was so pleased.  And my friend who is hearing impaired said it was great and was so glad to be able to talk to the people at her table.  {Our daughter} and her friends and us adults too had an amazing time."

 

Deborah C. (Dresher, PA) 

"We loved having you as part of this weekend's celebrations!  . . .  we are so grateful that during the preceeding week, while we were so distracted . . . you kept us focused on the decisions that we needed to be making for the party.  Your grace under pressure allowed us to handle our technological glitch - we appreciate that so much.  Such a moment could be a complete party killer, but your experience made the transition as smooth as it could possibly be!  Your team of dance motivators were wonderful - we enjoyed them as people, felt that you and they were a PERFECT match for our family!  These young people truly gave from their hearts, we felt like you were there as our dear friends!    Thank you for all the wonderful memories!  . . . everyone kept saying how great the music was, how appropriate the fit was for the kind of gathering we had and the kind of people we are - I kept hearing:  'oh, I love this song....oh, this song is one of my favorites...this one too....'  The music mix was just perfect and set the tone for such a nice evening!  Thank you again so very very much!" 

 

Andrea and Andrew K. (Bryn Mawr, PA) 

". . . thank you so much for a wonderful day!  {Our son} said he had the BEST time ever and that you were absolutely one of the best DJ's he's witnessed this Bar Mitzvah season.  He thanked us several times last night and again this morning . . . Everyone had a great time and you really knew how to keep the children entertained."

 

Ramona W. (Fort Washington, PA)

"I just wanted to thank you, again, for a wonderful party. The kids had such a blast, as did the adults.  I think you did such a fabulous job and I really enjoyed working with you.  Your suggestions were all right on track and the party flowed beautifully.  Sydney had such an amazing time and her brother keeps saying "that was the best party ever!!!!"  I'm glad I followed your advice and had the 2 dancers.  They were both great and seemed to have so much fun with the kids!!!  Feel free to add my name to any list of references that you may keep because I will give your name out to anyone who is looking for a D.J."

 

Cheryl B. (Elkins Park, PA)

"Rakdan provides exactly what families need for each event.  He and his assistants have made two of our children's B'nai Mitzvot fantastic and memorable for our family and for all of the guests.  I emailed Don as soon as I received my third child's date, because he is the most important component in a successful event.  Don maintains regular contact with all clients in advance of each event, and he prepares every detail very carefully.  He is kind, professional, and unobtrusive at the event, yet he knows how to quietly run every type of party.  He will give you exactly what you request.  He knows how to "read" the guests to determine what makes them happy as the event unfolds, and he treats everyone he encounters with gentle respect.  Don's love for what he does is apparent to all. He provides very reliable, personal service at a fraction of the cost of other event entertainers."
 
Jeff S. (Philadelphia, PA)

"Again, everything was perfect.  We -- and most important, Maya -- were (and are!) so pleased.  Your team did you proud!  Thank you."

 

Sheri and Ed W. (Wallingford, PA)

"I don't know how to thank you for the amazing job you did at Jackie's Bat Mitzvah!  The lighting looked amazing and the dancers were great at keeping the kids involved.  I think they were on the dance floor the entire evening.  My son already asked for you for his Bar Mitzvah . . ."

 

Shirley C. (Wynnewood, PA)

"Thanks again for giving Julie the time of her life!  You ran a fantastic party! I just watched a few brief cell phone videos of the event, and it was just amazing to watch her and her friends in action. Every kid seemed so happy, but Julie definitely looked euphoric.  She especially enjoyed the lights, and your helper was a huge hit. I think that Julie also appreciated how you personalized the party . . ."
 
Amy S. (Allentown, PA)

"We are so happy that we chose you to provide the entertainment for Natalie's Bat Mitzvah. You were a pleasure to work with throughout the planning process. You were a big hit with everyone at the party. Natalie and her friends loved the Israeli Dancing, games, giveaways, and all the music. Your assistants . . . were wonderful. We are so pleased that we found you and look forward to seeing you again. Hopefully Natalie and her sister Julia will see you this summer at Camp Harlam! Thank you again for making our celebration fun and festive!"

 

Julian W. (Jenkintown, PA)

"Thank you so much to you and your assistant for providing such wonderful entertainment . . . Everyone I spoke to expressed how much they enjoyed the music and dancing. You mixed up different styles beautifully to entertain both adults and kids . . . I hope you are still available when my other daughter becomes bat mitzvah in 8 or 9 years!"

 

Marilyn K. (Bryn Mawr, PA)

"Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you and your group at the Sheraton on Saturday. Your attention to detail and your work ethic are to be admired and respected. We made a wise choice in selecting you for our . . . affair. A few people told me how terrific you were and said they'd be contacting me for your contact info . . . I'd also like to thank you for being such a mensch . . . my husband and I were so pleased with the way the event turned out. The D.J. or bandleader, whoever the entertainers may be, are the most important people in making an event a success, so many, many thanks."

 

Dorel S. (Philadelphia, PA)

"I just wanted to thank you for all you did to help make our party such an amazing evening! The music and the dancing exceeded our hopes and expectations. Several people told me that they had never attended a party where the kids and adults danced side by side for so much of the evening. Others mentioned that it had been a long time since they'd been at a party where they could actually have conversations without shouting. And of course, the parents who were lingering at the end waiting for their daughters -- who just could not get off the dance floor -- will be one of the many wonderful memories our family takes with us from such a special weekend. The mix of music, . . . the give-aways (which everyone loved, and which was just enough without being over the top), the orchestration of the evening's activities, your assistant (who was energetic and sweet), and your obvious knowledge of how to put it all together with ease and comfort were all very much appreciated. I wish we had an excuse for another dance party soon!"

 

Marla R. (Huntingdon Valley, PA)

" . . . You have exceeded my expectations . . . Thank you again! I wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend you!"

 

Tracy (Maple Glen, PA)

"We were absolutely thrilled with the way you ran Sarah's Bat Mitzvah Kiddush luncheon.  You have such a warm, calm, and festive manner, and the guests always seem to respond so positively to you.  The tone of the luncheon was exactly what we wanted.  George and I loved the inclusive, rousing Hora, and Sarah enjoyed the more hip, popular Israeli dances.  You successfully pulled together both the older and very young guests.  Everyone had a ball."

 

Marsha Z. (Richboro, PA)

". . . thank you so much for helping to make Eliana's Bat Mitzvah reception absolutely perfect . . . We are especially pleased that the kids had such a good time. You really kept them up and moving . . . the adults thoroughly enjoyed your music and dancing, too . . . you played a great mix of Jewish and non-Jewish music . . . If you ever want to use us as a reference, please feel free to do so. We wish you continued success creating wonderful parties!"

 

Flaura W. (Philadelphia, PA)

"The Bar Mitzvah was PERFECT. Thank you for all of your preparation and attention to the details . . . The music was great . . . Many people commented on how you were sensitive to and appropriate with the volume. Loud enough for kids to dance, soft enough for adults to talk! . . . The flow was relaxed. It was the best party I have ever attended. I could go on and on."

 

Marsha H. (Jenkintown, PA)

"I just wanted to thank you for being with us Saturday afternoon when we celebrated Hannah becoming a Bat Mitzvah. The music and dancing were beautiful and joyful, and your style, personality, energy and talent helped us create the warm, loving, Jewish simcha we wanted more than anything else! We could not have done it without you . . . Thank you so much for everything, Don. I look forward to contacting you for our next celebration!"

 

Rachel B. (Yardley, PA)

"We wanted to first tell you that you exceeded our expectations (they were extremely high to begin with), but we know that everyone at the party had an amazing time. The girls had an amazing time. We don't think they noticed, nor cared, about the lack of English music. By the way, your choice of hebrew songs were great and very upbeat, and your choice of prizes really made the kids happy. Please thank your assistant, as well. It would be our pleasure to refer you to anyone, anytime. We will definitely use you for the next party."

 

Rebecca S. (Jenkintown, PA)

"Well, all I can say (and all everyone else is saying) is WOW! What a great party. I already knew your Israeli dance talents, but you're also a fantastic DJ and I will be recommending you to anyone who asks. As a professional musician myself, I know that the music makes the party, and that's exactly what you did. Everyone said it was the best bar mitzvah celebration they'd ever been to, and you totally catered to the crowd. I loved your music choices, and you're such a pleasure to work with. I wish I had another bar mitzvah to plan!"

 

Pete F. (Yardley, PA)

"Don...Great job yesterday! Your expertise in handling the event made it a special occasion for all. The kids had a great time, which really helped the parents enjoy themselves . . . I think your play selection was a good mix for anybody who wanted to get on the dance floor . . . The other comment from folks is they appreciated the music level and the ability to have a conversation without screaming."

 

Cheryl B. (Elkins Park, PA)

"You are fantastic, kind, flexible, accommodating . . . Beside your amazing ability to work the room . . . your attitude and presence was SOOOOOOOO positive and calming. You are highly skilled, with all the professional and personal qualities needed for entertaining audiences. And it is not easy to keep kids happy and occupied in a positive way. I look forward to hearing your praises from my guests."

 

Myra R. (Broomall, PA)

" You are dee man! This is the 3rd time for us to have a Bat/Bar Mitzvah reception and your work at the party by far was the most outstanding and fun. You are truly gifted at bringing a party alive and selecting the right music for your audience. You're not a bad merengue dancer either!!! Thanks, Todah Rabah and Gracias for providing such happy entertainment. I'll be glad to pass on your name."

 

Arnie K. (Conshohocken, PA)

"Joyce and I wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did at Leila's Bat Mitzvah on Saturday. Your music/dance selection was great and just what we requested for Leila and her friends. They all had fun and a great time dancing. Many commented on how good a DJ you were. The music was not too loud which is always a challenge in that room. You were also a pleasure to deal with in coordinating and setting up the event and accommodating all our wishes. Please include us in your list of references and we will be happy to give an excellent recommendation to any of your potential customers . . . many thanks for helping to make this a memorable event."

 

David S. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

"Lisa and I just wanted you to know we thought that you and Mindy did a fantastic job! Many of our guests commented that it was one of the rare events where they saw the kids were having a great time and because the music and games weren't too loud they were able to enjoy table conversations as well. Lisa was very happy with the way Mindy led the dancing and we were both pleased with the musical selection, volume and seamlessness of the transitions. Thank you again for a wonderful affair and we would be more than happy to recommend you to anyone planning an affair . . ."

 

Ann M. (Huntington Valley, PA)

"Thank you for everything! You really made our simcha an event!"

 

Mindy L. (Merion Station, PA)

"Thank you for all the hard work, extra time and effort you put into our simcha. It is a day none of us will forget. Thank you for . . . bringing the best music into our lives!"

 

Debbie R. (Wynnewood, PA)

"We wanted you to know how thrilled we are with how the party ran Saturday night! Everyone had such a great time, we have received such positive comments from the kids and the adults and my husband can't stop raving about how the party was everything he wanted! The music was terrific, you did a fantastic job, so THANK YOU!!! It really was a fun party and everything ran smoothly and the dance floor was always full! . . . We finally got around to reliving the party tonight by watching the video we took and I wanted to comment on how great your lighting is! There was too much going on for me the night of the party to appreciate it, but wow, it sure does make a difference and it has such a pretty effect on the room! Thanks for suggesting it and convincing me to go for it! You also were right about how we really didn't need an assistant! The dance floor was full all night, what a great party! Thanks again!" 

 

Janet O. (Ass't Director, Continuing Education, Bucks County Community College, Bucks County, PA)

"Your presentation was so enjoyed, I got such positive feedback from everyone. The teachers . . . loved it."

 

Louise G. (Elkins Park, PA)

"Thanks so much for making Bethanne's Bat Mitzvah a success!"

 

Jackie F. (Wynnewood, PA)

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for the lovely atmosphere you created . . . Everyone loved the mix of music, the flavor, and especially the way you catered to Rachel and her friends. I know I told you last night, but the phone calls I am getting all include you and your talents . . . everyone is so grateful to have a refreshing "DJ" who is not the same old shtick . . ."

 

Rosi C. (Wilmington, DE)

" . . . I wanted to thank you again for making March 5, 2005 one of the best days of our lives!"

 

Sue W. (Philadelphia, PA)

"Somehow thank you just doesn't seem enough to let you know how really wonderful you were last weekend. You were the key component in tying my theme together and you did so beautifully. So many people thanked me for taking them to Israel including my Israeli cousins! Everybody loved the music and the fact that they could converse at a normal volume and still enjoy the music. Your assistants were terrific. They were warm and friendly and really helped to to keep our guests up and dancing. I wanted the day to be warm and friendly and meaningful. I look forward to seeing you . . . in four years at Jessica's Bat Mitzvah!"

 

Laura F. (Huntington Valley, PA)

"Thank you for making our affair so festive and classy. We got a lot of compliments on how the party was run."

 

Abby S.H. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

"We wanted to reach out to you right away to tell you how much you added to the day -- for us and for our friends/family. I am sure you could tell how responsive people were to the dancing and your gifts in leading. For me it remains one of the most memorable parts of the day ... I awoke Sunday with the sounds of the Israeli dances streaming through me . . . Todah rabbah, yasher koach and keep on bringing the profound joy of Israeli dancing and ruach to many others' simchas."

 

Nicole W.S. (Philadelphia, PA)

"I want to thank you for taking the time to share your expertise with the Perelman community. I really admire you skills in engaging such a large and diverse group as we had today. Everyone had a great time dancing, including me."

 

Miriam E. (Yardley, PA)

"Thank you again for a wonderful evening. We all had a great time and my guests were congratulating me for choosing you as our DJ."

 

B.-M. Family -- Kevin, Rebecca, Molly, Sophia, and Eva (Elkins Park, PA)

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! The party was wonderful, thanks so much for your energetic, sensitive, and selfless leadership. We . . . received thank you cards from relatives telling us how much they enjoyed themselves at the party. It was a pleasure for our family to dance with you on Wednesdays, and the Bat Mitzvah was a fun way for us to finish off our year of dancing. We look forward to the next one!!"

 

Dara G. (Kennett Square, PA)

"On behalf of Longwood Gardens, I want to thank you for participating in our first Tu B'Shevat Discovery Day. Your Israeli Dance workshops were fantastic! It was great to see so many age groups dancing together. You have such a global appeal -- it was wonderful to watch!"

 

Esther G. (Philadelphia, PA)

"I want to personally thank you for going to all the effort of keeping Israeli dancing alive here in Philadelphia."

 

Lisa L. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

"You added just the right touch [to our daughters Bat Mitzvah], like a spice that turns a meal into a rare delicacy ... Parents were thrilled to see their children so obviously taken with Israeli Dance ... I would highly recommend Israeli dance in general, and you in particular, for any event. You are a delight to work with, and I am thrilled at how our simcha turned out."

 

Lynn B. (Lancaster, PA)

"This is a big thank-you note for the wonderful weekend you gave us at Temple Beth El of Lancaster. I cannot tell you the enthusiasm I heard from ALL SIDES about this event. The adults want to do this more, and more, and more. No matter what their skill level or background, everyone I spoke with had a wonderful time dancing with you. I never saw so many folks from our community smiling as much as that night. And the religious school morning was a *wonderful* success ... I just can't thank you enough for your fine teaching, your warm energy, and your generosity."

 

Zoe C. (6th grade student at Perelman Jewish Day School's Stern Center, Wynnewood, PA)

"I really like Israeli dancing! I believe that it's so exciting, and it's also a valuable tool for learning about Israeli culture. It's a good idea to have Israeli dancing at school because that is one more way to practice Judaism! I also like Don! He is nice. He's also a great teacher. I just started dancing this year, and I already know many dances! I go dancing on Thursday nights, at Beth Hillel, with several people from sixth grade. There are also a lot of people from other grades and schools. While we dance, we also talk. It's a time for socializing. That's another reason why I like to go. Israeli dancing is enjoyable, interesting, and easy to learn. I'm glad I learned Israeli dancing this year!"

 

Steve S. (Wynnewood, PA)

"Don is simply a wonderful, wonderful teacher who makes all ages feel comfortable and excited about dancing ... He definitely has something special."

 

Elana R. (Director of Education and Outreach, Jewish Outreach Partnership, Melrose Park, PA)

"Shalom Don, I just wanted to let you know that the feedback . . . was extremely positive - that everyone had a really good time -- teachers and students. Kol hakavod lecha."

 

Lisa R. (Perelman Jewish Day School's Stern Center, Wynnewood, PA)

"I want to express my deepest gratitude for the role you played in the success of the PJDS - Stern Center PTO Yom Hazikaron / Yom HaAtzmaut event. These past months have been so difficult for all of us as the events in Israel unfold. People have needed outlets for their emotions, places to gather as a community and action-oriented projects. Your presence during the program reached so many people ... You are a consummate professional ... I thoroughly enjoy working with you and learning from you. I am especially happy that [my daughters] feel the same way!"

 

Selma R. (Principal, Perelman Jewish Day School's Forman Center, Melrose Park, PA)

" ... The Perelman Jewish Day School community is most fortunate to benefit from your creative talents. I personally thank you for all that you did ... as well as for all of your contributions this past year ... I received so many compliments on all that you add to our children's lives!"

 

Neil R. (Washington, DC)

"Thank you . . . for the opportunity to dance with you and your compadres on the steps of the [Art] Museum. It was a wonderful experience that I've recounted many times - the spectacle of so many, including teenagers of both sexes, dancing on a hill overlooking the lights of the city. What a treat - and what an accomplishment for you!"

 

Bea K. (Temple Sinai of Cinnaminson, NJ)

"The comments I heard, both from the adults and the young adults, were unanimously enthusiastic ... All in all, the opinions expressed were, 'HE WAS GREAT!'"

 

Darcy S. (Hadassah of Newtown, PA)

"... you won over the crowd with your enthusiasm. Many of the participants were first-time dancers, and they felt completely at ease with you ... I looked around the room and saw a circle of smiles. To me, thats the most important thing -- everyone had FUN." 

 

Sharon W. (CAJE of St. Louis, MO) 

"Thank you for presenting the excellent dance workshop at the Jewish Education Fair. You really received rave reviews! It is so seldom that we can get someone to arouse an enthusiastic response to Israeli dance that you are doubly appreciated."

 

Susan S. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)

"Don, Just wanted to say THANKS for making Max's Bar Mitzvah party such a great success. We had such a wonderful time and our friends and relatives loved watching, trying and experiencing rikudai am (Israeli Dancing). You're the best!"

 

Keren S. (Cherry Hill, NJ)

"Kol HaKavod to you for all that you have done in the Phila area to bring Israeli dance and 'mentschkeit' to us.  It is very heart-warming to see your efforts toward involving children and instilling in them a sense of pride and belonging to a bigger community. I agree that it takes  community effort to make this happen, but you, yourself, exude such enthusiasm toward involving the children (and any beginner of any age!) that your enthusiasm is simply contagious. People are welcoming toward others in your dance sessions, because this is the tone that you have set. I just don't feel that 'elitist' vibe among the more experienced dancer in your dance sessions, that, in my perception, has been a part of the international folk dance culture and certainly a part of the Philadelphia Israeli Dance scene for so many years.  (I especially enjoyed your giving the young girl an opportunity to teach us a line dance on Wed nite. She did a great job!! And for me, an adult who works with children, it was a very moving experience to see her sense of pride in leading others and to be an active participant in that moment.)  Over the past 30 years, I have danced with many dance instructors in this area and since I dabble only here and there, I am still at the 'beginner' phase and I must say that you far outshine any other dance instructor that I have ever had, as far as helping people feel good about themselves, feel enthusiastic about learning more and wanting to become a part of Israeli dance world. This is a wonderful thing that you have done for our community and for maintaining Jewish culture, in general, through dance and music.  Again, Kol HaKavod, and many thanks for your tireless efforts."