Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2018 —
September 30, 2020

Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt 2018

By Cynthia Aashi Morales

It’s time again for “Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt,” the fun, family-friendly, multicultural event sponsored by Hindu Charities for America, partnering with Shalom Austin for the sixth time, to raise funds for school supplies for homeless and economically disadvantaged children in the Austin area.

Join in the celebration on Sunday, April 29, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane, for an evening of music, food, dance, and networking. This year’s theme is “World Dance Showdown” and will feature dances from across the globe.  Enjoy a vegetarian/dairy Indian dinner graciously donated by Indian restaurants across Austin, chai and desserts donated by The Steeping Room and local bakeries, and the sights and sounds of diverse world music and dances, all while helping homeless and disadvantaged students in the Austin area. Last year, Hindu Charities for America provided school supplies to over 1,000 students from the Austin, Del Valle, and Manor school districts—about 20 percent of the local homeless student population.  This year, the goal is to raise $25K.

Hindu Charities for America was founded on the principle of “Live Here, Give Here!” and provides a vehicle for Indian communities to give back to the communities that have embraced them and provided them opportunities for success.  The organization helps economically disadvantaged students advance their education so they too can live the American dream, all while celebrating South Asian culture and sharing it with others. Its cross-cultural event with Shalom Austin and annual gala, which raises money for vocational educational scholarships, are open to all in the Austin community and are truly a celebration of the cultural diversity of this land. Selfless volunteers, sponsors, donors, and volunteer visual and performing artists along with attendees are helping build a strong, successful, educated community of diverse cultures.

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