Overland Park, Kansas – The vibrant and diverse tapestry of Jewish culture is set to take center stage in Overland Park on Sunday, October 15th, as the much-anticipated Jewish Culture Fest returns to the heart of Kansas City. After a six-year hiatus, this beloved community event promises a captivating blend of art, music, and food, along with some exciting new features that are sure to make it a memorable occasion for all.
The anticipation is over, and the excitement is palpable as the Jewish Cultural Fest makes its triumphant return after a long hiatus. This much-loved celebration of Jewish culture promises to be bigger and better than ever, offering a delightful blend of art, food, and musical magic that will captivate the hearts of all attendees.
For those who have been eagerly awaiting this moment, the festival’s return is a cause for celebration in itself. The COVID-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation of numerous cultural events and gatherings over the past couple of years, leaving many feeling a sense of loss and longing for the vibrancy and connection that festivals like this one bring.
Co-chaired by Rhonda Fromm and Sharon Loftspring, the Jewish Culture Fest has been a cherished tradition since its inception as the Jewish Arts Festival in 1994. After a pause due to the pandemic, organizers are hoping to welcome as many as 5,000 attendees this year. This revival brings forth several exciting additions, including a kosher wine tasting and a strong emphasis on sustainability. Electric cars and bikes will be showcased, promoting eco-consciousness, and vendors are encouraged to use compostable materials, aligning with the festival’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
A key highlight of the event is the participation of numerous Jewish organizations, including local synagogues, each showcasing their unique offerings. Visitors can expect more than just informational pamphlets – these booths will feature engaging activities and delectable food options. From writing letters to place in the Western Wall to providing insights into their community functions, these organizations aim to foster a deeper understanding of their vital roles.
For the younger crowd, the festival will have an area dedicated to kids’ activities, including face painting and creating kindness rocks to spread goodwill in the community. This aligns with the Jewish theme of “tikkun olam,” which emphasizes acts of kindness and repairing the world. The festival’s educational aspect is subtly woven throughout, giving attendees the chance to learn about Jewish values organically.
On the musical front, the lineup promises to entertain with Children’s singer ShirLaLa, the a capella group the Maccabeats, and country singer Joe Buchanan headlining the festivities. Art enthusiasts can explore the juried art fair, featuring exquisite jewelry, paintings, and pottery by local and visiting artists from as far as Lake Tahoe, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Houston. Notably, four young artists will share a booth, showcasing their talents as aspiring artists.
As for the culinary delights, attendees can savor a fusion of traditionally Jewish dishes like mandel bread alongside international flavors such as chicken fajitas. Every culinary offering is guaranteed to be certified kosher, with clear markings for meat, dairy, or pareve options.
Above all, the Jewish Culture Fest 2023 serves as a symbol of reconnection. After a prolonged period of physical separation due to the pandemic, this event offers an opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together and gain a deeper appreciation of Jewish culture and values.
The Jewish Culture Fest will run from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15th, at the Jewish Community Center, located at 5801 W. 115th St. Convenient parking is available at the Aspiria garage, connected to the festival area by a convenient walking path. Accessible parking is also provided, and the festival grounds are predominantly paved for ease of access. Advance tickets can be purchased for $8 for adults and $3 for children aged 4 to 12, with on-the-day tickets available at a slightly higher price. For further information about the festival, please visit thejkc.org/jewishculturefest.
Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate diversity, culture, and community at the Jewish Culture Fest 2023 in Overland Park!