KlezFest is Finally Back!

KlezFest has become a much anticipated celebration of Jewish culture. Once a year, the front yard of the JCC would be the stomping grounds for festive music, delicious food, and Jewish spirit. Klezfest, once known as the Syracuse Jewish Music and Cultural Festival (JMAC) has been the largest Jewish festival in New York State outside of New York City. It has evolved into a festival for not only our Jewish community, but all of Central New York. Since the pandemic began, the beloved festival has been canceled once and postponed another time. Though the world is still getting acquainted with the ‘new normal’, we cannot allow it to go without KlezFest any longer.  After a 2 year hiatus, KlezFest is finally making its return September 18, 2022; 12-4pm.

The Jewish Federation of Central New York sponsored event, KlezFest, is a family friendly environment that is perfect for kids. There will be plenty of free activities to keep kids entertained including arts & crafts activities in the Kids Tent, games, the Robert Rogers Puppet Theater, and face painting. Vendors will also be available, including Carvel Ice Cream. The covid-friendly outdoor space leaves plenty of room for the kids to run, play and enjoy live music.

If you are looking to get more involved with the community, various local Jewish Organizations and Temples will be holding booths for all to visit. As always, plenty of delicious food will be offered to control your Kosher cravings. Among the foods offered will be corned beef, hot dogs, knishes, Israeli Salad and more!

The marvelous music will be handled by a variety of amazing artists. The featured performer will be Latin Grammy Winner and PJ Library artist, MISTER G, along with Yale Strom and The Kinahora Band. The family friendly music will be enjoyable for all ages and will set the mood for the festivities. There will also be very talented vendors that offer jewelry, and handmade crafts. 

Most importantly, KlezFest offers a place for the Jewish community of central New York to reconnect. Among other things, Covid has made it difficult for communities to connect on a level as intimate as before. As organizations that put community first, the JFCNY and JCC have made it a top priority to regain as much of that community spirit as possible. We look forward to KlezFest and the celebration of each other. 

Check out our photos from the last event!