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Boichik to headline JMAC Sept. 15

Photo of the band Boichik performing at JMAC a couple of years ago.

Back by popular demand, the band Boichik, featuring Cantor Kari and Joe Eglash will appear on the Price Chopper stage at 3 p.m. at the twentieth annual Syracuse Jewish Music & Cultural Festival on Sunday, Sept. 15, from noon to 5:30 pm, at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center.

JMAC is excited to have the band back after their Festival debut in 2017, once again performing toe-tapping, contemporary arrangements of familiar Jewish music.

Cantor Kari Siegel Eglash joined Temple Concord in July 2014 and serves as both cantor and direct or of education. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she was ordained in 2001 from Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

Cantor Eglash’s journey to the cantorate took her from Beloit College, where she earned her BA in history, to Tata, Hungary, where she taught English to high-school students, to five years in the business world of investment and finance. Through all of these experiences, her love of Judaism, history, teaching, history, and music remained strong and led her to her true calling—the life of a cantor.

Joe Eglash has had a lifelong passion and love for music. He is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, accompanist, editor, arranger, and composer in Syracuse, having studied classical guitar with Jeffrey Van at the University of Minnesota, and taught guitar professionally for many years. He has a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Brooklyn College.

Formerly the managing director of Transcontinental Music Publications and URJ Press, music/book publishing divisions of the Union for Reform Judaism, he has hundreds of publications to his credit. In 2015, he returned to Transcontinental Music as its first director under American Conference of Cantors ownership. Under Joe's leadership, the first Jewish music licensing agency, JLicense, was created, and was launched in 2017.

As editor or contributor to some of the most popular and widely-used publications, songbooks, series, and anthologies in the Jewish world, Joe’s name is synonymous with quality and excellence. Independent musical artists, small businesses, and publishers know Joe as a jack-of-all-trades designer, consultant, compositor, engraver, and publisher. He is a recognized authority in the Jewish music industry, and is a consultant of musical repertoire, marketing, and building congregational instrumental ensembles. His popular T'filah Band songbook series, containing arrangements of liturgical music for synagogue band and choir, was published by Tara Publications. You can find Joe’s music on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Completing the band are Steve Fleury (bass), and John Martin (drums). Performances by West of Odessa, the Keyna Hora Klezmer Band performing A day at the Yiddish Theatre, and Farah are also scheduled throughout the afternoon. For complete details, visit the festival website at www.SyracuseJewishFestival.org.

Past festival attendees have been heard saying, “the whole community loves this festival,” and “We love that the afternoon is for everyone – families, children, and adults,” and “I’ve seen so many people I have not seen in a long time!” The food tent will be a place to relax and enjoy the music while enjoying Va’ad supervised Kosher foods that reflect both Middle Eastern and Eastern European favorites by The Oaks Catering, and beer and wine to keep you cool. A variety of artisans and vendors will be on hand for your shopping pleasure, and there’s free parking on and around the JCC campus.

Kids’ activities will include: Activities for kids under the Kid’s Tent hosted by the Jewish Community Center; the Robert Rogers Puppet Theater; face painting; and PJ Library.

These generous sponsors provide support to keep JMAC free of charge: Price Chopper, the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Pomeranz, Shankman, Martin Charitable Foundation, Inc, Jewish Federation of CNY, Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center, A state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco, Paul B. and Georgina H. Roth Charitable Foundation, Jewish Observer, CNY Arts, M&T Bank, and Key Bank.

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