Nineteen years ago, Sid Lipton and Mimi Weiner had the idea that Central New York needed a Jewish Festival. There was an Irish Fest, a Greek Fest,
and an Italian Fest, and there were Jazz and Blues music festivals.
There was even a Food Festival in Downtown Syracuse. Sid and Mimi wanted
a Jewish Festival that had all of these elements: great music, delicious ethnic foods and lots of Jewish spirit.
The main focus of the early festivals was to bring in great klezmer bands.
Klezmer music originated in medieval Eastern Europe and came to America with the immigrants at the beginning of the last century. For the first few years, this Festival took place in Armory Square and moved to the larger Clinton Square in 2002.
The Syracuse Jewish Music and Cultural Festival, which is now the largest Jewish festival in New York State outside of New York City, has evolved into
a festival for not only our Jewish community, but all of Central New York.
Now in its 12th-year on the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center campus,
you can grab a corned beef sandwich, falafel wrap, kosher hot dog, hamburger,
kugel, or knish prepared by the Oaks Catering while listening to performances on the Price Chopper Stage by fabulous bands which will be announced soon!
Bring the family! There will be plenty of free activities to keep kids entertained including arts & crafts activities in the Kids Tent, games, the Robert Rogers Puppet Theater, and face painting. There will also be books on display from PJ Library.
As always, there will be a variety of vendors and representatives from all
of our local synagogues and Jewish agencies and organizations. Hours are
noon to 5:30 pm.
JMAC remains free to attend, thanks to the support of our major sponsors, listed below.
You don't have to be Jewish to thoroughly enjoy
the Syracuse Jewish Music & Cultural Festival!