Sam, Charlie and Marcia sing Israeli Songs at 2008 Bnai Israel SummerFest

Come join us for an afternoon of Jewish Culture & Food and activities for the entire family.

When: Sunday, August 23, 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Where: Congregation B'nai Israel, 193 Clapboard Ridge Road (Route 39) in Danbury; Parking is at St. Anne's Melkite Church just south of the synagogue. A free shuttle to the synagogue is available.

Cost: Free!

A view of the crowd at the 2008 Bnai Israel SummerFest
  • Klezmer, Isareli and Ladino Music with the Not Yet Ready For Primetime Klezmer Band
  • Barbara Kessler (guitar and vocals) will perform Jewish favorites
  • Britt Goodman and Alex Greenberg, former members of Nefesh, play classic Klezmer tunes
  • Marcia Klebanow (keyboard) and friends will sing Hebrew and Jewish Songs
  • Judy-ism, a band of four talented musicians from Long Island, will play Jewish traditional music as well as some non-Jewish music
  • 3 out of 4 of the Crouch Quads from Danbury High School will tell Jewish-themed stories.
  • Yossi Elmani will lead two Israeli Folk Dancing workshops

12:00 NYETs Israeli & Ladino
12:40 Story Telling (Crouch kids)
1:00 Brit and Alex
1:40 Israeli dancing
2:10 Crème de la Soul
3:10 Story Telling (ShariLynn)
3:30 Marcia Klebanow
4:00 Israeli dancing
4:30 Barbara Kessler
5:00 Raffle drawing
5:10 NYETs Klezmer

Serving gourmet Kosher food at 2007 Bnai Israel SummerFest
Jewish DELIcatesan
  • Grilled Hotdogs ($3)
  • Homemade Falafel Sandwiches ($5)
  • Homemade Borekas ($3)
  • Homemade Kugel ($3)
  • Potato, Veggie and Meat Knishes
  • New York Pickles ($1)
  • Homemade Cookies (Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin, 2 for $3)
  • He'Brew Beer
  • Dr. Brown's Soda
  • Popcorn ($1)

Anna works meticulously on a
Jewish craft project
Family Activities

In addition the craft activities below local personality Cricket the Caring Clown will be strolling the grounds for your enjoyment. Kids always like the clown’s balloon animal creations and Cricket is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Magic Marty Steinberg, a local magician who has performed in various community venues, returns to SummerFest. His card tricks and other sleight-of-hand are guaranteed to dazzle you and keep you guessing.

Craft Schedule*
Time Activity
12:00-12:30 Making Magnets
01:00-02:00 Paper Bag Puppets
02:00-03:00 Pretend Challah (play-dough)
03:30-04:30 Hebrew Heroes and Heroines (clothespin figures)
04:30-05:30 Star Hanging
* Schedule Subject to Change


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