SARATOGA SPRINGS–The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival, a collaboration of Skidmore Office for Jewish Student Life, Chabad of Saratoga Springs, Chabad of Clifton Park, Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Shaara Tfille, and Temple Sinai, returns to the Saratoga region for its eighth season.
The Festival features a variety of programs between Memorial Day and Labor Day at multiple venues in the Saratoga region. Programming ranges from films and discussions to live entertainment for the family. Some programming is free while other programs require a donation or fee.
“These programs have become a part of the overall summer offerings of the Saratoga destination characteristic of our region, said Festival Coordinator Phyllis Wang.
A schedule and a brief description of the remaining events:
June 23 — “Body Challenged, Soul Redeemed.” Hyatt Place, Malta. A buffet dinner, silent auction and evening with Amanda Spiro.
June 30 —“The Great Parade-A-Thon.” Halfmoon Town Park. Parade celebrating Jewish pride. Kosher barbecue to follow.
July 9 —David Babinet, Opera Star. Saratoga Chabad, Saratoga Babinet’s repertoire includes Broadway, Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino and Israeli melodies.
July 14 —“Dough and Delectables.” Congregation Shaara Tfille, Saratoga. A humorous movie about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.
July 22 —“The Invisibles.” Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College. The story of four young Jewish women in WWII Berlin who by resourcefulness, willpower, and sheer chance managed to survive in plain sight until liberation.
Aug. 4 — “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People.” Congregation Shaara Tfille, Saratoga. Documentary about the man behind the prestigious prizes.
Aug. 12—“Who Will Write Our History?” Temple Sinai, Saratoga. Documentary recounts the story of a band of writers, scholars and artists imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto who documented their Jewish story should they not survive.
Aug. 13 — Klezmer & Kosher Festival. Clifton Park Chabad. Featuring local flavors and live klezmer music.
Aug. 20 —Robert Cait, Comedian. Saratoga Chabad.
Aug. 23 — Friday Night Live. Congregation Beth Shalom, Clifton Park. Featuring the Adirondack Klezmer and Jazz Band.
Aug. 27 —Klezmer & Chinese. Saratoga Chabad. Violinist Josh Susman will play classic Israeli and Chasidic music during a Chinese dinner.
Phyllis Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org can provide details.