Jewish Food and Cultural Festival

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On Sunday, April 30th, 2017, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas (JFAR) will hold its annual Jewish Food and Cultural Festival at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. Festival begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

JFAR is preparing to host more than 15,000 visitors, hoping to surpass its previous attendance record. The festival will include traditional Jewish foods: corned beef sandwiches, kosher hot dogs, cabbage rolls, blintzes, kugel and more, as well as homemade Jewish treats including rugelach, babka, challah, and chocolate-covered matzo. Israeli dishes, such as falafel, hummus, and Israeli salad, will be available, too.

The Jewish Food and Cultural Festival will also feature booths on Jewish and Israeli culture. At the ever-popular Ask- the-Rabbi booth, visitors can learn about Judaism itself, from Jewish holidays to life-cycle customs. At a replica of the Western Wall, visitors can leave a note of prayer, just as people do at the actual wall in Jerusalem. Judaica, jewelry, and other gift items created by local Jewish artists will be on display and for sale. Inflatables and other activities will be available for kids, who will also have the opportunity to run and play on the football field..

Entertainment throughout the day will include contemporary and traditional Jewish music by local and regional musicians.

Visitors are invited to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to donate to the Arkansas Foodbank.

The Jewish Food and Cultural Festival brings together Jews from throughout the state of Arkansas who take pride in sharing their traditions with the broader community.

Proceeds from the festival go to benefit Jewish Federation of Arkansas’s work in the community, which includes allocations to Jewish and non-Jewish charitable organizations, financial assistance to Jews in need, scholarships and other resources for Jewish children and families, and funds to support charitable work in Israel. This year Tzedakah Boxes (boxes for charity) will be located throughout the stadium for people to deposit tickets they purchased but did not use; proceeds from the boxes will be divided among local charities that Jewish Federation of Arkansas supports.

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