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Jewish Food Festival comes to Little Rock May 6
Jewish Food Festival comes to Little Rock May 6

LITTLE ROCK - The 2012 Jewish Food festival will be held Sunday, May 6, 2012, at the River Market Pavilion in downtown Little Rock.  The event will get underway with a classic Jewish breakfast of lox, bagels and cream cheese at 8:30 a.m. The general festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. 

Admission to the festival is free.

For the past several months, Jewish Food Festival volunteers have been preparing to host more than 15,000 visitors, hoping to surpass the 2011 attendance record.  The festival will include traditional Jewish foods such as old fashioned corned beef sandwiches, kosher hot dogs, cabbage rolls, blintzes, latkes, kugel and many more fantastic Jewish delicacies. The on-site bakery will offer homemade Jewish treats including rugelach, honey cakes, challah and mandel bread.  Israeli dishes will also be available, such as a meal of kabobs, falafel and Israeli salad.

As it does every year, the Jewish Food Festival will feature cultural and religious booths to showcase various aspects of Jewish life from Arkansas to ancient Israel. Patrons will be able to learn about Jewish holidays and life cycle customs, learn about Israel, and enjoy an exciting kids’ area with a variety of activities.  At a replica of the Western Wall, patrons can leave a note of prayer.  Judaica gifts and other items by local Jewish artists will be on display and for sale.

Entertainment throughout the day will include contemporary and traditional Jewish music. There will be performances by the musical groups B-Flats, the Klezmer Band, the Schechinotes and many other wonderful acts.

As the Jewish Food Festival continues to grow each year, the Jewish Federation of Arkansas is able to donate more of the proceeds from the festival to organizations both statewide and in Israel.  Some of the organizations who have received funds from the Jewish Federation of Arkansas are Just Communities of Arkansas, Our House, Life Quest, and the Arkansas Food Bank.  Proceeds also go towards Holocaust and Israel education across the State of Arkansas as well as to the Israel Emergency Fund.

The Jewish Federation of Arkansas seeks to promote tolerance, understanding and excitement in creating a vibrant community of Jewish learning and growth that crosses all borders to pursue care for the poor, food for the hungry, and advocacy and compassion for everyone who needs it.