16th Annual Shoreline Jewish Festival on Guilford Town Green
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August 14 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A Celebration of Jewish Life! Jewish music from around the world, children’s programs, Israeli food and other fair favorites. Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica & Jewish art, crafts for kids. Admission and entertainment are free. Food, crafts, Judaica and books are for sale.
This year’s musical lineup features Peter Himmelman, “the Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall and Yoni Lorber. For families with children, master storyteller Levi Welton will present the story “Shmerel Saves the Village.”
Former Rolling Stone senior editor Parke Puterburgh puts Emmy and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman “on the same plane as Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and Bruce Springsteen and [he is] nudging his way to ‘Dylanhood.’” Rabbi Yossi Yaffe is excited to have Himmelman as this year’s festival headliner. “He sings from the heart, and his words enter the heart,” Yaffe explains. “Peter’s powerful, spiritual messages resonate deeply with his audience.”
“The Jazz Rabbi” Greg Wall, saxophonist and composer, is one of the pioneers of blending jazz with Jewish music. Bill Shoemaker of WIRE calls Wall’s music “alternately soulful and searing.” Wall also serves as a rabbi in Westport, Connecticut. Together with a group of local musicians, Wall regularly performs his eclectic mix of classical and experimental jazz, Eastern European and African American roots music.
Yoni Lorber is a singer, songwriter and musician from Israel who brings inspirational energy and joy to his audiences. Already from a young age, Lorber played with his uncle, the late Yossi Piamenta, a guitar virtuoso known as “the father of Jewish electric guitar rock and roll.” The inspiration continues as Yoni’s original compositions and masterful guitar-playing make him a favorite in the Jewish music world.
Levi Welton weaves masterful storytelling with life messages. Children of all ages will enjoy his presentation of “Shmerel saves the village,” with its messages of caring for one another and finding the hero within ourselves.
Artists and artisans will be selling a variety of Judaica, jewelry, clothing and artwork. Books of Jewish interest for both children and adults will be available for sale. Festivalgoers can choose from a variety of (kosher) fair favorites, including pulled beef brisket, hamburgers, hot dogs, falafel (an Israeli fried chickpea specialty), schwarma grilled chicken, potato knishes, fresh mini donuts, cotton candy, sno-cones and more. Children’s activities also include inflatable bouncy fun, as well as Jewish-themed arts & crafts projects.
Rain location: East Creek Landing, 390 S. Union St, Guilford, CT 06437