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Newton fundraiser featuring Jimmy Tingle, Robert Pinsky to help family dealing with ALS –

Community Harvest, an evening of humor, poetry, and song to benefit the Matchan-Israel family of Newton, will take place on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane in Newton Centre.

David Israel, a radiologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and assistant radiology professor at Harvard Medical School, was diagnosed in 2010 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He and his wife, Boston Globe reporter Linda Matchan, have two children, Sol and Sara.

The fund-raising event will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Tingle, and will feature former poet laureate Robert Pinsky ; Newton resident Hankus Netsky and his Klezmer Conservatory Band; vocalist and fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer ; and vocalists Lisa Jacobs and Janice Octavia Allen.

According to Matchan, the emotional challenges of ALS are exacerbated because so many of the costs for treatment are not covered by insurance.

“As a newspaper reporter, I’m used to being on the other side, writing about families facing difficult circumstances,” she said. “It’s strange asking for help myself, but I’ve been completely blown away by the support from the Boston arts community, our temple members, and friends who are helping organize this event. To me, it’s truly a community harvest.”

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