Israel Non-Stop Festival in Manhattan

Friday, February 09, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan in partnership with Israel’s Foreign Ministry have found a way to bring Israeli culture to the world, spicing up New York City with some Israeli flavor during the 6th annual Israeli Non-Stop Festival.

The festival is a non-stop marathon celebrating today's Israeli artists by showcasing them in the Big Apple.

The six-day event, scheduled for the end of February, will feature Israeli singer Mosh Ben-Ari. Ben-Ari was born in Israel, but with his Yemenite and Iraqi background, he mixes guttural Middle Eastern sounds into his blend of rock, reggae and world music. He plays guitar as well as a number of other stringed instruments from the Indian Sarod and Persian Tar to the Turkish Jumbush and Moroccan Ginberi. He has released four albums and continues to tour worldwide.

Members of the Jerusalem Khan Theater will perform the Town of the Little People, an adaptation from the short stories of Sholom Aleichem, a Russian Jewish author of Yiddish literature and plays. Aleichem is most widely known for his story of Tevye the Milkman, loosely known as Fiddler on the Roof.

Also, scheduled for the week is Israeli wine tasting, free humus (chickpea paste) demos and tasting, Israeli jazz, various presentations on Israeli society and a number of Israeli movie screenings.

Opening performances with Ben-Ari will take place at the Peter Norton Symphony Space on 2537 Broadway and 95th Street.

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