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The Jewish Folk Arts Festival is a celebration of the talent and diversity of Jewish performing and visual arts in the Greater Washington DC/Baltimore region. The richness of our values, culture and heritage is passed from generation to generation through our singers, writers, dancers, visual artists, storytellers and craftspeople. All performers and workshop presenters donate their time to the festival.
The Jewish Folk Arts Festival offers a rare meeting place for all Jews in our community, young
and old, secular and religious to celebrate our Jewish heritage together.
Over 2000 expected!
The Mid-Atlantic's largest celebration of Jewish art, music, and culture returns November 17 -18, and will feature an opening concert with 7 different performing acts, and a pre-concert Seudah Shlisheet Dinner on Saturday night, and the Festival on Sunday. Sunday's Festival will feature workshops, performances, kids' activities, Israeli dancing, a Teen Lounge and activities, kosher food, artist exhibits and much more!
Saturday night, November 17 – JFAF CONCERT!
8:00pm at Tifereth Israel, 7701 16th Street, Washington, DC
(Pre-register to guarantee your seat!)
Pre-Concert SEUDAH SHLISHEET DINNER!
6:00pm at Tifereth Israel
Rabbi David Shneyer and Larry Paul, Festival Chair
Reservations required - reserve by November 10.
Join Rabbi David Shneyer and Larry Paul, Festival Chair, for a
pre-Concert Seudah Shlisheet Dinner
This joyous 3rd Shabbat meal will feature traditional Jewish foods,
wine, schnapps, and great zemiros (singing).
Sunday, November 18, 2012 – The JEWISH FOLK ARTS FESTIVAL!
1:00 – 6:00pm, B’nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
The Jewish Folk Arts Festival comes every two years –
2012 is FESTIVAL YEAR!
Pre-purchasing is encouraged so that we can better plan this event.
However, tickets will be available at the door.
See below the lists of performers, workshops and artist exhibitors and
use the menu on the right to see even more details!
Calling all Artists!
Photo courtesy of Beth Soref |
Are you a Judaic artist? Would you like thousands of people to see your work? To find out more about participating in this year's Festival, call Esther Siegel at 301-587-1739 or 301-349-2799, or email email@example.com for more information.
Exhibitor participation forms are available here.
Saturday Night Concert
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tifereth Israel Congregation
7701 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20012
(Pre-register to guarantee your seat!)
"Of Love and Justice I Will Sing"
Concert Master of Ceremonies: Ari Roth, Theater J, Washington, DCJCC
- Flory Jagoda, with Howard Bass and Susan Gaeta
- Frieda Enoch and friends
- Jessi Roemer, with Danny Gurewitz and Debi Roemer
- Aaron Shneyer
- Hannah Spiro
- Jill Sege, poet
- Jonathan Tucker, poet
Sunday, November 18, 2012
1:00 – 6:00pm
B’nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Road,
Rockville, MD 20852
Watch for the growing list of local artists including:
- AVCO Graphics
- Down to Earth Ceramic Judaica
- Friends of Ethiopian Jews
- Jamie Agins Art Glass
- Judybeth Greene
- Kol ha'Dorot, LLC
- Mazel Tov Messages
- Peasant Weaver
- Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework
- Renée Golkin Fischman
- Roz Houseknecht Handweaving - Dyed Dreams
- Shadow Box Designs
- Shirley Waxman
Watch for the growing list of local performers including:
- Noa Baum - Storyteller
- Renée Brachfeld - Storyteller
- Cantor Arianne Brown, Adas Israel, DC
- Cantor Elisheva Dienstfrey, Agudas Acim, VA
- Ein Lanu Z'man - Agudas Achim, VA
- The Fabrangen Fiddlers
- Cantor Rochelle Helzner, Tikvat Israel, MD
- The Kol Chayim Orchestra - Baltimore
- Kolot haLev, Jewish Community Choir - Ramón Tasat, conductor
- Kol NoVA Youth Choir, Carol Boyd Leon, Conductor
- Lox & Vodka
- Marak Hayom - DC area teen a cappella choir
- Mezumenet - University of Maryland all female a cappella choir
- The Mark Novak Band
- The Olam Tikvah Chorale - Carol Boyd Leon, Conductor
- Rak Shalom (University of Maryland a cappella group)
- Tach'Shitim (Bet Mishpacha Choir)
- Thealella (women's a cappella)
- Choirs from Temple Emanuel, Kensington; Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church; Temple Micah, DC - Teddy Klaus, Conductor
Photo courtesy of Beth Soref
Workshops ranging from poetry, music, bibliodrama, Jews and Chocolate, film, the music of Shlomo Carlebach, using family treasures to create art, family stories, Yiddish stories, healthy
Jewish food, Klezmer jamming, herbal medicine, cantorial music, and much more, presented by acclaimed workshop leaders including:
- Susan Barocas
- Cantor Jerome Barry
- Roberta Benor
- Frieda Enoch
- Mike Fox
- Sharon Gelboin-Katz
- David Julian Gray
- Ethan Halpern
- De Herman
- Ben Hole
- Flory Jagoda
- Sheilah Kaufman
- Merrill Leffler/Myra Sklarew
- Marcia Gruss Levinsohn with Faye Williams
- Rabbi Joshua Maroof
- Joshua Milner
- Wendy Morrison
- Gilah Rosner
- Ari Roth
- Yaffah Schnitzer
- Rabbi Ethan Seidel
- Shlomi Yahana and Uncle Yonah Nissim
- Rabbi David Shneyer
- Ramón Tasat
- Shirley Waxman
- Rabbi Stu Weinblatt
|The Festival, which will be held on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, at the B’nai Israel Congregation, 6401 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD, from 1:00 to 6:00pm, is sponsored by Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center and is made possible with support from The Sue Roemer Endowment Fund, and
in partnership with:
|Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
B’nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
Calah Congregation, Columbia, MD
Camp Moshava Habonim Dror
Interfaith Power & Light
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Jews United for Justice
Jewish Study Center
| Kehila Chadasha
Kol Ami, Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
Magen David Sephardic Congregation - The Sephardic
Synagogue of The Nation's Capital
Moishe House, Montgomery County
Sixth and I Historic Synagogue
Temple Beth Ami, Rockville, MD
Temple Beth El, Winchester, VA
Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD
Temple Shalom, Silver Spring, MD
Tifereth Israel, Washington, DC
Tikvat Israel Congregation, Rockville MD
To donate to the festival, click here.
For tickets and ticket information, please click here.