Temple Beth El – Jewish Cultural Festival
Added to the calendar on Monday May 19th, 2014 3:54 PM
Sunday June 22, 2014 from 11 am – 6 pm
Schmooze and Brews
Aptos, CA. Everyone is invited! Temple Beth El brings to its campus the second annual Jewish Cultural Festival, Sunday, June 22nd from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Admission is free for this family-friendly event that includes seven hours of food and fun. Nosh and kibbitz, shop the shuk, and swing and sway to non-stop live musical entertainment charting the Jewish musical journey across the globe. Parking will be available on the Temple Beth El campus and at the nearby Cabrillo College parking lot.
Enjoy “real-deal” deli in Aptos’ own Lower East Side; come into Nana’s kitchen for matzah ball soup shots; explore Old City Jerusalem for Israeli classics like falafel and hummus; and discover sweet home baked delights from Jewish communities around the world at Bubbe’s Bakery. Complement your meal at the “BAR” Mitzvah serving up wine and beer.
At the Kinder Korner children can enjoy supervised fun in the playground, an all-day play dough table, and a chance to add their own creative touch to making kipot-yarmulkahs.
On the outdoor stage Ron Kaplan’s Jazz Trio shares Jazz music from the Great American Songbook highlighting Jewish contributions to this very American art form. The Kuumbwa Club Combo features the next generation of Jazz talent. The Paris String Quartet plays music by classical Jewish composers. You won’t be able to resist dancing to Jeff Brody’s Klezmer Gypsy All Stars or the Israeli sounds of Adama: Music of the Jewish People. And back by popular demand, the sultry Latin-Jazz musician and Ladino vocalist Kat Parra, with her group, the Sephardic Music Experience. Temple Beth El’s own Rock Shabbat Band adds a contemporary beat to Jewish liturgy. The Festival stage closes with a community sing-along celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof—the musical that linked so many Americans to each other through “Tradition!!” Santa Cruz’s own Ben Jammin’ will be on hand as our chorus leader.
Over 20 local and Bay Area artists will offer their original work in booths spread along the path that winds from Soquel Avenue to the Main Stage and Deli. Docents will offer guided tours of the Sanctuary – and in the Library, visitors will enjoy the beauty of the Jewish festivals as they are celebrated in the home.
Catch some fascinating and fun 18-minute Chai Time Talks. (Chai means “life” and its Hebrew spelling also represents the number 18.) You will face the ghosts and monsters in Jewish folklore; discover the surprising rhythms and sounds that link various Jewish musical expressions; explore shared memories evoked by Jewish foods and old stories; and, finally, encounter the reversals and ironies of Jewish humor, as presented by Temple Beth El ‘s own stand-up star, Rabbi Richard Litvak.
Presenting Sponsor: The Wedeen Hammer Group at Morgan Stanley
This event is also sponsored in part by: Soy Vay, SunRidge Farms, Karon Properties, Gail Michaelis-Ow and George Ow Jr., The Bess Family, Leland and Marian Zeidler, the Musical Slugs, and media sponsors KUSP and KSCO.