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Press Release: The eighth annual Shoreline Jewish Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. on the Guilford Green. The festival features various styles of Jewish music, kosher traditional and Israeli fair food, an art and book sale, children's crafts and activities.
"The festival celebrates Jewish life and living," explains Rabbi Yossi Yaffe, director of Chabad of the Shoreline and coordinator of the event. "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 musical lineup features the Nu Haven Kapelye, Lazer Lloyd Blues Band, Ari Lesser, and The Klezmenschen.
The Nu Haven Kapelye led by David Chevan joins professional musicians with community members to form New England's largest klezmer band. Their love of klezmer music produces a rich mix of Balkans and blues, jazz and spirit, prayer and history.
Lazer Lloyd Blumen played in local bands during his youth in Madison, CT. Now one of Israel's top blues guitarists, Blumen is releasing a solo acoustic album, "Lost on the Highway," with Blues Leaf Records this August 13. He reunites with former Shoreline band members to perform both acoustic and electric blues, as well as his unique approach to traditional Hassidic tunes.
Ari Lesser is a talented songwriter, rapper, and spoken-word artist who raps from the perspective of various Biblical personalities. His witty and insightful lyrics bring the stories to life. Ari is also known for his monumental project creating rhymed translations of the 150 chapters of the book of Psalms and their powerful messages.
Roz Etra leads The Klezmenschen, a "freyliche" big band from the New London area. Their combined brass, strings, and woodwinds play lively traditional Yiddish and Israeli folk melodies for listening and dancing.
Israeli and local artists and artisans will be selling a variety of Judaica, jewelry, art work and unique Israeli products. Books, videos and games of Jewish interest for both children and adults will be available for sale. Festival-goers will be able to choose from a variety of (kosher) fair favorites, including hamburgers, hot dogs, falafel (an Israeli specialty), chicken, knishes, cotton candy, sno cones, and more.
Kids 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 and 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 a primary festival sponsor. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Guilford Courier, Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center, Cherry Hill Construction, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Sound Spectrum Entertainment of Wallingford, and Guilford Savings Bank. For more information, visit www.shorelinejewishfestival.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.