Santa Barbara Jewish Festival Celebrates 30 Years and a New Location!

Posted on May 19 by SEASONS Magazine

For 30 years, the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara has been working with hundreds of local, national and international agencies to change lives and deliver hope, pride and comfort to millions of ordinary people facing extraordinary needs. From family services to beneficiaries and overseas missions, the federation has countless programs to protect and educate individuals of any age group and strengthen their quality of life.

Every year in honor of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the federation invites thousands of locals and visitors to engage in exciting and informative activities during the community-wide Jewish cultural festival.

This year, in celebration of 30 astounding and constructive years of service, the federation hosts the annual festival on the gorgeous waterfront of Plaza del Mar (23 W. Castillo St.) with breathtaking ocean and harbor views.

This Sunday May 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., learn to folk dance, get your face painted, and make amazing nature art projects while being surrounded by dozens of palm trees, delicious food, and a whirlwind of activities including prize giveaways, Israeli dancing and live entertainment.

Congregation B’nai B’rith Youth Choir, courtesy photo of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

The Ventura Klezmer Band ramps up the excitement at this year’s festival playing Eastern European klezmer music, as well as music from the golden age of Yiddish theater and classical-American hits. The Santa Barbara Youth Opera and Congregation B’nai B’rith’s youth and adult choirs will also perform, along with live music from Kalinka.

Battle Balls, courtesy photo of WOW Factor Attractions

Battle Balls, courtesy photo of WOW Factor Attractions

To keep visitors energized after all that folk dancing, Sababa It’s all Good Catering offers falafel plates with hummus, pita and various salads, along with Kosher treats from Chabad of S. Barbara’s Jerusalem Café and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, for a treat after you and your guests compete in Wow Factor Attractions’ giant inflatable Battle Balls.

Izzi Tooinsky, courtesy photo.

Izzi Tooinsky, courtesy photo.

Don’t miss this 30-year anniversary celebration and Jewish Festival and your chance to meet the extraordinary Izzi Tooinsky, “The Amazing Little Old Man,” who will not only host this festival, but will also share his unique vaudevillian entertainment as a juggler, clown, comedian, storyteller, and educator.

—Danielle Hazlett

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