At Shabbat services on Saturday, June 23rd the Jewish Center of the Hamptons welcomes the Victor Perley Children’s Choir from the West Side of Manhattan, who along with Choir Master Preston Smith will sing beautiful choral arrangements of some of the liturgy found in the Saturday morning worship service.
The Victor E. Perley Fund was established in 1951 from a bequest by Victor Perley's will to create a fund that would be used for the "betterment of boys on the West Side of Manhattan." While little is known of Victor Perley, he is believed to have been from New York but was in the citrus business in Florida. In 1973, the Victor E. Perley Fund's charter was expanded to include girls as well as provide educational and recreational opportunities for the children. The specific goal of the choir is to provide young children with an educational outlet after school for their musical talents that will give them the experience necessary to apply to accredited high schools and college. The Church of Ascension on West 107th Street in Manhattan proved to have the students, facilities, and desire to further the education of students in the area. In 2009, the initial six students and their parents took the first trip to the Perley House on Long Island. Choristers returned to tell their friends of the many benefits of singing in the choir and they began recruiting classmates. As has been the history of the choir, three new members joined the choir and each will receive a blue blazer with the prized Perley patch when rehearsals resume in the fall. This is the choir’s first time singing at a synagogue.