Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival

bringing community together

Open to the public - A series of films and fun, family-friendly, events:

June 2 @ 2pm - THE ISLE OF KLEZBOS

Congregation Shaara Tfille (84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs)

This soulful, fun-loving, all-women’s Klezmer group combines tradition with irreverence and respect by performing a repertoire that ranges from neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing & retro tango, to re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals. Dessert reception to follow. $5 per person, students free with ID. For more info and to RSVP call 518-584-2370 or email [email protected].

July 22 @ 7pm - THE INVISIBLES

Wilson Chapel, Skidmore (815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

Goebbels declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943. This is the story of four young women out of some 1700 Jews in WWII Berlin who by resourcefulness, willpower, and sheer chance managed to survive in plain sight until liberation. Panel Discussion and Dessert Reception to follow. $5 donation requested. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]

June 16 @ 7pm - JEWS, CULTURE & THE COMICS

Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

With Reb Simcha Weinstein, Matthew Neugroschel, and Rob Kovach How did Jews come to have such a disproportionate influence on a medium cultivated in the 1930s that still resonates today? A $5.00 donation is requested. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]

August 4 @ 7pm - JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Congregation Shaara Tfille (84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs)

Panel Discussion of Journalists - Pulitzer is an American icon who spoke of “fake news” more than 100 years ago. How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant from Hungary, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy? Refreshments to follow. $5 per person, students free with ID. For more info and to RSVP call 518-584-2370.

June 18 @ 7pm - REFUSENIK

Saratoga Chabad (130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs)

Refusenik chronicles the 30-year international movement to free Soviet Jews. The first retrospective film about the movement, it has been called a “seminal” work on the subject. Told through the eyes of activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain, including many who survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps. A tapestry of first-person accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and, ultimately, liberation. For information or reservations, call 518-526-0073, or email [email protected]

August 12 @ 7pm - WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY?

Temple Sinai (509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs)

Based on Samuel Kassow’s book about historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this movie recounts a bold story of Nazi Resistance. After German forces imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a band of writers, scholars, and artists code– named Oyneg Shabes (The Joys of Shabbat) began a mission to collect and document the story of the war from the Jewish point of view. Their goal was to defy their enemy with the ultimate weapon—the truth. They risked everything so that these archives would survive even if they did not. Panel Discussion and Dessert Reception to follow. $5 donation requested. For information or reservations, call 518-584-8730, option 2.  [email protected]

June 23 @ 5pm - BODY CHALLENGED, SOUL REDEEMED

Hyatt Place (20 State Farm Place, Malta)

11th Annual Jewish Women’s Gala Enjoy a gourmet buffet dinner, Silent Auction, and inspirational evening with Amanda Spiro. Sponsored by Chabads of Saratoga County. $20 before June 9, $25 after. For information or reservations, call 518-495-0779, or visit www.cliftonparkchabad.com.

August 13 @ 5:30pm - KLEZMER & KOSHER FESTIVAL

Clifton Park Chabad (495 Moe Road, Clifton Park)

The 6th annual Klezmer and Kosher Festival will feature local flavors and live Klezmer music! Come taste all the kosher that New York State has to offer! Sponsored by Clifton Park Chabad. $8 per person. For information or reservations, call 518-495-0779, or visit www.cliftonparkchabad.com.

June 30 @ 10am - THE GREAT PARADE-A-THON

Halfmoon Town Park (162 NY-236, Clifton Park)

Ride with Jewish pride! Work in teams to create a united impact for Jewish education across the globe. Bedazzle your bikes, helmets, rollerblades, or skateboards for a one-of-a-kind, musical Parade-AThon celebrating Jewish pride. Kosher BBQ to follow! Co-sponsored by PJ Library. For information or reservations, call 518-495-0779, or visit www.cliftonparkchabad.com.

August 20 @ 7pm - ROBERT CAIT, COMEDIAN

Saratoga Chabad (130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs)

Robert Cait’s brilliant Jewish stand-up comedy has earned him the prestigious title “George Carlin with a kippah.” With one wonderful exception: Robert works “Kosher-Clean!” His hilarious stand-up has kept audiences rolling from “The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival” in Montreal to the “Howard Stern Show” in New York to “Dennis Miller Live” in Las Vegas, and in theaters from coast to coast.. $10 donation requested. For information or reservations, call 518-526-0073, or email [email protected]

July 9 @ 7pm - DAVID BABINET, OPERA STAR

Saratoga Chabad (130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs)

From the stage of the LA Opera to the cantor’s pulpit, Mr. Babinet’s diverse repertoire includes Broadway, Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino, and Israeli melodies. The evening will feature wine tasting. $10 donation requested. For information or reservations, call 518-526-0773, or email [email protected].

August 23 @ 7pm - FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE

Congregation Beth Shalom (688 Clifton Park Center Rd., Clifton Park) A Klezmer and New Orleans Jazz Shabbat evening service featuring the fabulous Adirondack Klezmer and Jazz Band. This highly anticipated experience is for people of ALL ages: six days to 120 years! For information call 518-371-0608, reservations not necessary.

July 14 @ 7pm - DOUGH AND DELECTABLES

Congregation Shaara Tfille (84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs)

Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice in the British dramedy Dough. This film is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. Delicious array of treats prepared by their Sisterhood Bakers to follow. $5 per person, students free with ID. For information or reservations, call 518-584-2370.

August 27 @ 7pm - KLEZMER & CHINESE DINNER

Saratoga Chabad (130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs)

Back by popular demand, accomplished violinist Josh Susman will play classic Israeli and Chassidic music. Join us and enjoy a delicious Chinese dinner! Panel Discussion and Dessert Reception to follow. $5 suggested donation. For information or reservations, call 518-526-0773, or email [email protected].

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