Celebrate Our Jewinity at To Life Festival
Posted by challahbackgirl on September 4, 2007
Cross-posted on CBDYAG
The 8th annual invasion of California Street in Palo Alto (and sides streets) by Bay Area Jews from the South and North is just around the Corner. Sunday, is To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival, organized by the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center. This year’s festival is organized by 32 year old Amy Grossman, the youngest festival director yet. Find out more on her in j. weekly. If you get the print version of the paper check for the To Life! Supplement in this weeks (August 31st) edition. Combine entertainment, artists, food, tents of community and a children’s area and you’ve got the pieces of this great gathering of Jews from all walks of life.
The entertainment this year is stepping up. The main stage opens at 11am with Samson Koletkar, a South Indian and Jewish Comic (video above).
Originally from Mumbai, now a resident of San Francisco, he shares his reflections, observations and absurdities. Very likable both on and off stage, he will make you laugh till your organ for storing, diluting, and digesting food hurts.
He’s followed by the husband and wife team, along with a laptop of Einat and Natan Gammer, known as Saphire Dreams playing original modern Israeli Music. Mystical Jewish Music of the Near East comes next as Eliyahu & Qadim take the stage. Check out their array of instruments; including many used in Arabic music as well. The Original Jewish Gangsters (OJGs) bring you their Hip Hop Shabbat, straight out of Oakland. They played for Silicon Valley Hillel a couple years ago.
Rabbi Yossi Marcus of Chabad of the North Peninsula along with his brothers (2 are Rabbi’s who run Chabads in the Greater LA area) are known as My 8th Day and bring you a combination of rock, blues, reggae, funk and of course Yiddish. They named themselves for the mystic interpretation of the number 8, supernatural or out of box, and they pride their music on this principle. Come see if they live up to their name, until then you can check out what Dan Pine of the J. had to say about them a while back.
Ending the day on the main stage is Mah Tovu, which includes Rabbi Josh Zweiback who’s Senior Educator of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Formed in 1991 this band has grown in popularity amongst the Jewish crowd. Their hits include “Pharaoh, Pharaoh” a parody of “Louie, Louie” by the Kingsmen.
Don’t forget to stop by the Tents of Community they’re a great place to find out all the wonderful Jewish opportunities you have in the Bay Area. At the Congregation Beth David Table you can see my scrapbook of CBDYAG events and ask for your Free High Holiday Tickets.
While your ears are tickled by the entertainment, and your eyes by the works of over 70 artists selling their goods, your taste buds will dance to different kosher and vegetarian options offered by vendors.
To Life! is the largest festival of it’s kind in Northern California, come be counted with the rest of the tribe.