Jewish celebration at college

Festival: An annual event will feature food, entertainment and representatives from more than 40 organizations.

May 02, 1999|By Ariella Cohen | Ariella Cohen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A day of kibitzing, schmoozing and pickles on a stick -- what could be better? For 3,000 area residents expected to gather at Howard County Community College today to celebrate Jewish culture, there's no better way to bring in spring.

For the fifth year, residents will celebrate the Howard County Jewish Festival.

"The festival is a chance for the Jewish community to celebrate together their common culture and heritage, plus see many old and new friends," said Roberta Greenstein, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Sponsored by the federation, the Jewish community's umbrella organization, the festival is the county's largest Jewish celebration.

With only two paid employees, the federation relies on volunteers to make the festival happen. Members of all segments of Howard County's Jewish community come together to organize the annual event.

"Working with the festival has been a nice way to meet and get to know new and different members of the community," said Eileen Zuchman, a volunteer.

Those who have attended in the past say getting to know members of the Jewish community lies at the essence of the festival.

"When I think of the festival, I have this image of the whole community together, meeting and greeting -- enjoying falafel and enjoying the spring," said Ellen Briefel, a volunteer organizer for the event.

More than 40 organizations will be represented, ranging from the Jewish Vegetarians of North America to local synagogues and youth groups.

With the organizations leading activities, the festival will offer hands-on entertainment for every member of the family. Organizers said that peddlers will sell handcrafted Judaica (dreidels and candlesticks) and children will be able to create sand drawings and jewelry.

Organizers said that in addition to the outdoor festivities, a two-part lecture series on the Bible story of Jacob and Esau and the art of Marc Chagall is scheduled.

Area musicians will perform throughout the day. A mix of traditional folk musicians, Israeli singers, Klezmer bands and youth-oriented musicians will share the stage.

The festival begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m. Admission is $3; children under 12 are admitted free.

Pub Date: 5/02/99

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