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Summer Jewish cultural events from Wisconsin outward
June 1st, 2012
From Madison to Budapest, Jewish cultural events and festivals are scheduled for this summer.
Interior of the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, location of some of the events in the Jewish Summer Festival.
In this state is the 13th annual Greenfield Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, run by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies there.
This year’s institute will run July 8-12 and will focus on the topic “Jewish Memory and Nostalgia.” Presentations will discuss how these phenomena affect American Jews and Israelis, and these will be interspersed with showings of films and a concert by Madison klezmer band Yid Vicious.
For more information and to register online, see http://jewishstudies.wisc.edu/greenfield/.
Next closest in space, though sooner in time, is the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival. This will take place Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Cook County Forest Preserve.
Headlining the musical offerings will be Steven Page, former front man of the rock group Barenaked Ladies and now a solo artist. The festival also offers music and dance presented by U.S. and local Illinois artists on three stages, a separate children’s stage, a juried art fair, and a kosher food court, among other activities.
For more information about this event, visit www.jewishfestival.org or call 847-933-3000.
Ranging further out but staying in the U.S., if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Colorado, the Boulder Jewish Festival is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
This festival also features music for adults and children, displays of fine art and Judaica, and an abundance of food. For more information, see http://www.boulderjewishfestival.org.
Jews planning to travel abroad during the summer might want to stop at one of several places holding Jewish cultural festivals.
Closest to home is the ninth biennial Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, Canada, scheduled this year Aug. 28-Sept. 3. It features music, storytelling, dance, and many other activities, climaxing with a festival parade on Sept. 3.
For more information, visit the festival’s Website, http://www.ashkenazfestival.com.
Moving east across the Atlantic Ocean, the 12th International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is slated to take place in Leeds, Great Britain, June 25-July 1. It features drama, comedy, and music from Israel, the U.S., and all over Europe.
Two more festivals take place in the real “old countries” of many U.S. Jews’ ancestors.
The 22nd Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, is scheduled for June 29-July 8. It offers films, concerts, art exhibits, workshops, and tours of Jewish Krakow. See www.jewishfestival.pl/index,en for more information.
Finally, the 15th annual Jewish Summer Festival in Budapest, Hungary, is slated for Aug. 26-Sept. 3.
It offers classical and klezmer music, and events taking place at, among other places, the Hungarian Jewish Museum and three Budapest synagogues, including the Dohany Street Synagogue, reportedly the second largest synagogue in the world.
Information about this festival can be found at www.jewishfestival.hu.