13th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival (JMAC) was held
on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from noon to 6 pm on the campus of the Jewish
Community Center of Syracuse. This year everyone was invited to celebrate our Bar Mitzvah at the festival!
People enjoyed an afternoon of music by internationally known artists THE AFRO SEMITIC EXPERIENCE with special guests the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America, ZETZ!
FARAH, and WEST OF ODESSA as well as local favorites Keyna Hora Klezmer Band, Jonathan Dinkin
and Klezmercuse, and Cantor Francine Berg, to name a few.
One of the highlights for the festival was the selection of (Vaad supervised) Kosher Jewish
foods, including brisket, corned beef, knishes, hot dogs, falafel, kugel,
and new this year... a couple of hundred people sampled a variety of Kosher Beer!
Many attendees had a chance to visit the Community tents sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Central
New York, featuring Jewish organizations along with area synagogues. Plus another highlight at the festival was the return of
the "Rabbis' Corner", where Central New York rabbis
shared different aspects of the upcoming Jewish New Year.
always, there were activities for children of all ages including this year the Robert Rogers Puppet Theater; an interesting &
eclectic array of artisans; and other vendors.
festival was sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Central New York; a
state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco; the Cultural Resources
Council; the Pomeranz Fund, the Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, Paul
B. & Georgina H. Roth Charitable Foundation and the Neulander
Family. Corporate sponsors include: Price Chopper, Tiffany’s Catering,
Raymour and Flanigan, M&T Bank, Key Bank, Natur-Tyme and Exhibits & More.
Media sponsors include Time Warner Cable, “Eagle Newspapers,” SUNNY 102,
“Syracuse New Times;” Syracuse.com, WAER, and the “Jewish
13th Annual Jewish Music & Cultural Festival was free to attend,
and EVERYONE was welcomed!