The annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015, Noon - 6 pm at the Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla, New York, 10595. Last year, over 1,200 people turned out for a day of music, dance, art, food and fun! We hope to see even more attendees this year.
Presented by The Westchester Jewish Council, The Westchester Klezmer Program, and Kol Hazzanim – The Cantors of Westchester in cooperation with Westchester County Parks, the festival is the last of the annual summer ethnic heritage festivals series. This festival is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Attendees may bring chairs, blankets, and picnics, and kosher food and snacks will be available for purchase. A vendor exhibition area including Jewish Art/Judaica will be open throughout the festival.
The event features a variety of musical entertainment including WELT, a musical group from the Jewish community of France who performs songs and stories of the Yiddushland. Critics describe Welt’s songs as “alternately amusing, living, moving and poignant; a strong experience full of emotion and pleasure.” Other entertainment includes Nafshenu Orchestra, a well-known Jewish orchestra known for specializing in musical versatility performing all styles of Jewish and contemporary music, children’s entertainer Bobby Doowah whose contagious enthusiasm, originality and creativity have been captivating and entertaining young children for years, and the Westchester Klezmer Program Band and Cantor Randy Hermanperforming with members of Kol Hazzanim - the Cantors of Westchester. In addition, Camp Zeke will lead Israeli dancing for all ages throughout the day. Face painting and balloon artistry by Maria, as well as PJ Library will also be on hand to provide additional family activities and fun throughout the day.