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BELZ – Lipa feat. the Holocaust Survivor Band

by yossi December 17, 2015

3 years after it was first performed in New York’s Yiddish theater district, the iconic song Belz is revitalized, this time being performed by a pair of musicians who were schoolboys when it first debuted in 1932.

Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz, better known to their legions of adoring fans of all ages as the Holocaust Survivor Band, capture the soul of Belz with their distinctive flair and equally impressive talent in this Sparks Next video starring Lipa Schmeltzer. Set against the backdrop of a surprise party for Dreier, the video conjures up memories of the alte heim, as a pre-war Schmeltzer plays the part of a young Dreier who travels to the future to take part in his 90th birthday celebration in Miami Beach.

Schmeltzer in another collaboration with filmmaker Daniel Finkelmanand composer Cecelia Margules handily create nostalgia for times gone by as they evokes the spirit of Belz and both Dreier and Sosnowicz are mesmerizing as the two provide a contemporary feel to this class song of yesteryear. Radiating energy, vitality and a youth that belies their age, the Holocaust Survivor Band continues to impress in their second music video that will have young and old alike on their feet and dancing along with Ruby, Saul and their entire entourage.

Belz, with new lyrics by Cecelia Margules, is co sponsored by Noam Gourmet and directed by Daniel Finkelman with music produced by by Ruli Ezrahi.

Produced and Directed by Daniel Finkelman
Executive Producer Cecelia Margules
Music Produced by Ruli Ezrachi
Co Sponsored by the Semel and Soffer families


Lipa Schmeltzer
and The Holocaust Survivor Band
Saul Drier & Ruby Sosnowicz

Original Song Adapted by Cecelia Margules

Cinematographer ­ Mauricio Arenas
Associate Producer – David Ort
Line Producer and Script – Royce Brown
Editor – Ben Anderson
Co­ Editor ­ Michael Puro
Post Production Supervisor – Jessica Bookout
Choreography and Spoon Routine ­ Zvika Bornstein
Script – Royce Brown
Associate Producer – Zvika Bornstein
Associate Producer – David Ort
Associate Producer ­ Adam Margules
Assistant Director / LP – Alex Jaramillio
Gaffer ­ Gonzala Parra
Grip ­ Johny Sarmiento
AC ­ Jose Carlos Ortega
AC ­ Marco Vitale
Sound Designer ­ Michael Gallock
HMU – Rory Lee
BTS Photographer ­ David Gonzalez
PA – Kanon Romero
PA ­ Lou Aguilar
Press release – Sandy Eller

Catering by Bagel Time Miami


Adam Margules
Chaim Galbut
Shalom and Victoria Zirkayev
Rabbi and Mrs. Weiss
J.J. Crowne
David Bennet
Mark Sherwin
Moshe Lehr

Special thanks to:
Eric and Sarit Galbut

Studio Shots were filmed at Court Square Studios


Rabbi Mendy and Tzippy weiss of Chabad Miami Lakes
Shalom and Victoria Zirkayev
Adam Margules
Sharon Jungreis
Dr. Boruch and Rabin Jacob
Chana Rose Sosnowicz
Jillene A. Doolkadir, Esq.
Bhagyashree RaoRane & Todd Lending ­ Nomadic Pictures
Joshua Weinstein
Avi Feder
Travel by Barry Kaye of – Crown Travel International

Original ‘Belz’ song written by Jacob Jacobs and composed by Alexander Olshanetsky


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