August 26, 1999
Sunday Night Fever
Celebrities put on their dancing shoes for Chabad Telethon '99
You're flipping the TV dial, and you come across something so incongruous that you're riveted: Bob Dylan and Jon Voight enthusiastically dancing the dervish-like kazatzka with Chassidic Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.
It could only be the Chabad telethon, where religious fervor mingles with Hollywood marketing savvy; where stars don yarmulkes and dance the night away with kapote-clad Chassids. The latest celebrity-studded show takes place Sunday, Aug. 29, 5 p.m. to midnight on KCOP-TV Channel 13, when millions of viewers in some 20 markets will help raise more than last year's tally of $4.3 million. Anthony Hopkins will show up, via a prerecorded segment, to support the Chabad Drug Rehabilitation Center, which, he says, is non-sectarian and boasts one of the highest success rates in the country. "You've seen me play [various roles] such as Hannibal Lecter," he says, "but today I'm playing Anthony Hopkins and I'm here to ask you to help Chabad."