Marina Belkin of Fair Lawn loves jazz, so when her birthday drew near, just two weeks before Hurricane Katrina, her husband, Mark, gave them both a present: a trip to New Orleans. "We are both jazz-lovers," says the Ukrainian-born Belkin, who owns a music school in Fair Lawn called Believe in Music. "I fell in love with the city of jazz, and after Katrina I thought how I could help with my studio and my students," who study piano, guitar, violin, and voice.
So Belkin has organized a benefit concert on Sunday of her students called, fittingly, "Young Musicians for the City of Jazz," to raise money to help New Orleans public schools buy or repair musical instruments.
Most of her students are Jewish, notes Belkin, who lived in Israel for 10 years before her husband’s software company moved to the United States.
The concert, at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center on Sunday at 3 p.m., will include both classical music and jazz. Admission is $5 — "and we are looking for sponsors," says Belkin. "Sponsors are always welcome."