Monday, July 28, 2014

9th Shoreline Jewish Festival on the Guilford Green

The 9th annual Shoreline Jewish Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m.  Aug.  10 on the Guilford Green, according to a release.
"The festival features various styles of Jewish music, traditional and Israeli fair food (all kosher), an art and book sale, and children’s crafts and activities," the release said.
“The festival celebrates Jewish life and living,” said Rabbi Yossi Yaffe, director of Chabad of the Shoreline and coordinator of the event, also in the release. 
“The music, the food, the entertainment--people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy it and have come to regard it as a Shoreline summer tradition.”
This year’s music will include the Jay Gitlin Quartet, The Jazz Rabbi & his Minyan, and The Klezmen, the release said.
"The Jay Gitlin Quartet gets the audience on their feet dancing with their lively horas and freilachs. Jay Gitlin of North Branford is a musical director, keyboard player and percussionist who has over five decades of experience in playing dance music. As co-founder of the Bales-Gitlin Band, Jay has played at thousands of celebrations—and over 2,000 weddings! The quartet will recreate the energy and joy of a Jewish wedding on the Guilford Green," the release said.
"Next up will be The Jazz Rabbi and his Minyan, featuring Rabbi Greg Wall, David Morgan and Matt Modell. Rabbi Wall is a jazz and klezmer virtuoso who helped define a new genre of Jewish Jazz, influencing a whole generation of young artists. Today he also serves as the rabbi of Beit Chaverim Synagogue in Westport, CT, where he continues to combine prayer and jazz, Psalms and saxophone to uplift and inspire.
The Klezmen are a four-piece band from West Hartford specializing in klezmer music and popular Jewish favorites. Joel Schlank and his talented musicians play a rich and lively mix of music that laughs and cries, dances, soars and dives to reach the hearts and souls of their audience."
Also, the release said: "Children and adults can explore the ancient Temple in Jerusalem through a hands-on, interactive presentation. Biblical stories will come to life as participants create models of the Temple, the priestly garb, and some of the sweet-smelling spices used in ancient worship."
Artists and artisans will sell a variety of Judaica, jewelry, clothing and art work. Books, videos and games of Jewish interest for both children and adults will be available for purchase, the release said.
"Festival-goers can choose from a variety of (kosher) fair favorites, including hamburgers, hot dogs, falafel (an Israeli fried chickpea specialty), schwarma grilled chicken, potato knishes, homemade doughnuts, cotton candy, sno cones, and more."
More: "Children will enjoy an inflatable slide, obstacle course and bouncers sponsored by Sound Spectrum Entertainment of Wallingford. They can also try their hand at a variety of Jewish-themed arts & crafts projects. The program also includes shofar-making presentations, with opportunities to make your own ram’s horn in honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year."
Admission is free. Food, crafts, and vendor items are for sale. Mr. Boris Mizhen is the primary festival sponsor.
Additional sponsorship is provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Sound Spectrum Entertainment of Wallingford, Cherry Hill Construction, and Goody’s Hardware.
For more information, visit Artists can reserve a booth for the day for a fee of $85.To help sponsor this unique event, or to reserve a booth, please contact Rabbi Yaffe at (203) 453-5580 or at

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