Jewish Arts Festival

The 2016 Jewish Arts Festival was a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, or produced the festival!

The goal of the Jewish Arts Festival is to bring the entire community together to celebrate and experience the rich history of Jewish arts and culture through a variety of mediums - accessible to all.

Here's a look at the events that made up the 2016 Jewish Arts Festival:

Thursday, November 3: Opening Night - $40

6:30 PM - Dinner provided by Reefs Restaurant and from local Israeli chefs

7:30 PM - In Search of Israeli Cuisine (97 min, USA, Documentary) In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The film puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. What emerges is a rich and personal story of the Israeli people.

Saturday, November 5: An Evening with Steve Katz - $50

Best known as the guitarist from the 60’s and 70’s band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Steve Katz came into the music world during a very influential period of Rock and Roll. Steve was a pioneer of the blues-rock genre with his early band, the Blues Project, and went on to produce several best-selling albums for Lou Reed in the 70’s. Katz will offer a chronological retrospective of his career in both story and song - all infused with a humor that only a New York Jewish ex-rock star can bring to the table. His Book is titled Blood, Sweat, and My Rock 'n' Roll Years.

6 PM - Opening reception and Havdallah - a special prayer at the end of the Sabbath

6:30 - 7:45 PM - Dinner by Mazza

7:45 - 9 PM - Performance by Steve Katz

9 - 9:30 PM - Talkback and Book Signing

9:30 - 10 PM - Light Dessert

Sunday, November 6: Free Movie Day

3 PM Belle and Sebastian (104 min, French, Family Drama, 10+) - A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters.

5:30 PM Jewish Shorts – 4 short films that show different perspectives on modern Jewish and Israeli life:

  • Bulmus/Caught in the Net (6min) – A comedy based on the story, Bulmus, by Israeli writer and director Ephraim Rishon.
  • The Making of a Mensch (11 min) - The Making of a Mensch explores ancient Jewish ideas about being a "mensch" - aka being a good person, thinking of the bigger picture, and living a meaningful, purposeful life - through a vibrant 21st century lens.
  • The Seder (12 min) Leo brings his new partner Mitchell home to meet his parents on the night of their Passover Seder, for an evening that is anything but orthodox.
  • Dear God (13 min, Israel) - 'Dear God' depicts a romantic Jerusalem, told through the eyes of Aaron, a simple man who guards the historic wailing wall. One day a beautiful, mysterious woman puts a note in one of the holy drones, and Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wish, while learning that love is all about communication.

7 PM Apples from the Desert (96 min, Israel, Drama) - The rebellious daughter of ultra-Orthodox parents journeys into the secular world in a romantic coming-of-age tale that explores themes of love, reconciliation and tradition versus modernity. This adaptation of an award-winning play is nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards.

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Jewish Arts Fest Weekend Package - $500 Single / $625 Double Occupancy

The JAF Weekend Package includes:

  • Festival Pass for each guest to the Jewish Arts Festival, November 3-6, 2016. (Value $90/person)
  • Three nights at the University Guest House. $129/night (Value $387)
  • Pre-Shabbat Activity/Friday visit to the Family History Museum and lunch. (Value $30/person)
  • VIP seating for all events, and 2 Trax passes for each guest!

Contact Rita Skolnick to book your Weekend Package at 801-581-0098 or .

The 2016 Jewish Arts Festival is presented by:

Andrea Alcabes | Jeanne and Geoff Crockett | Karen and Gary Doctorman

Sonja Chesley and Errol EerNisse | Michelle and David Oelsner | Julie Wolfe

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