ShalomFest spotlights Jewish culture, food and experience


Celebrate Jewish culture on Sunday, April 17, by tasting some of the 8,000 pastries or watching a cooking demonstration at ShalomFest, the Upstate’s Jewish cultural and food festival.

“ShalomFest provides a great opportunity for people to learn more about Judaism and Israel in a number of different ways: dance, music, lectures, exhibits, life cycle demos, etc.,” said Mitch Wolin, Temple of Israel board member. “It is both a fun event and an educational one as well. It is very family-friendly and the food choices are delicious. It is the only event of its type in the area.”

The eighth annual festival will feature Jewish cultural events, klezmer music, singing and dancing, educational presentations and experiences, family-friendly games and entertainment, and traditional Jewish food.

Guests can learn to cook traditional Jewish foods by watching cooking demonstrations. There will also be a silent auction. Children can enjoy storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses and a magic show.

Several speakers at the event include a keynote address by Caren Schnur Neile, a nationally known Jewish storyteller, and Trude Heller, wife of late Greenville Mayor Max Heller, who will share her story of the Holocaust. Several rabbis from Greenville and Spartanburg will also speak on topics such as Jewish traditions and more.

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WHEN: Sunday, April 17
WHERE: Temple of Israel, 10:30 4:30 p.m., 400 Spring Forest Road, Greenville, SC 29615
COST: Free



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