Shoreline Jewish Festival on the Guilford Green

Arts and Entertainment

July 16, 2021

Contact: Rabbi Yossi Yaffe                                                            For Immediate Release
Phone: 203-645-4635                                                                   July 16, 2021


Rejoice and reconnect!

Guilford, CT--The 15th annual Shoreline Jewish Festival will take place Sunday, August 1, from 12-5 PM on the Guilford Green. The festival features various styles of Jewish music, traditional and Israeli fair food (all kosher), Jewish book sale, vendors and crafters, and children’s crafts and activities.

“People of all ages and backgrounds enjoy it and have come to regard the Jewish Festival as a Shoreline summer tradition.” says Rabbi Yossi Yaffe, director of Chabad of the Shoreline and festival coordinator. “Last summer we had to cancel the festival because of the pandemic. After such a difficult time, people are looking to celebrate and reconnect with friends and family. What better way than with the Shoreline Jewish Festival? This year’s event will be joyous AND safe!”

This year’s musical lineup features Lazer Lloyd & Shlepping Nachas, Brian Bender & Little Shop Of Horas and The Marlon "Moshe" Sobol Band. For families with children, Talking Hands Theater will present storytelling with handmade puppets.

Lazer Lloyd Blumen and his ever-evolving sound is a favorite at the Shoreline Jewish Festival. Lazer played in local bands during his youth in Madison, CT. He writes and performs songs that touch on life, love, and struggle. Lazer’s music defies genre, with his instrumental performance ranging from acoustic meditation to blues rock fire.

Shlepping Nachas brings inspirational energy and joy into a jam band that seamlessly blends folk rock, psychedelic jam, and roots rock reggae with Chassidic music.

Brian Bender & Little Shop Of Horas blend klezmer music with Latin, Caribbean, African and Middle Eastern rhythms. Their melodies—both traditional and original compositions—dance right into the heart and soul of the audience.

Marlon "Moshe" Sobol, internationally-known percussionist, leads his band on the marimba and vocals, bringing a blend of Chasidic Nigunim, ancient chanting, rapping, and original songs in Hebrew and English, combined with improvisational solos, funky grooves and flavors of Hip Hop, Afro- Latin, and American musical genres. Their performance will include a drum circle with audience participation.

Talking Hands Theater brings Biblical adventures, Jewish folk tales and Chassidic stories to life. Anna Sobel and her handmade puppets entertain children by engaging their minds, imaginations and senses of humor.

Artists and artisans will be selling a variety of Judaica, jewelry, clothing and artwork. Books, videos and games of Jewish interest for both children and adults will be available for sale. Festival-goers can choose from a variety of (kosher) fair favorites, including hamburgers, hot dogs, falafel (an Israeli fried chickpea specialty), schwarma grilled chicken, potato knishes, homemade doughnuts, cotton candy, sno-cones and more.

Children’s activities also include inflatable bouncy fun, as well as Jewish-themed arts & crafts projects.

Admission is free. Food, crafts, and vendor items are for sale. Sponsorship provided by Mr. Boris Mizhen, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Gladeview rehabilitation & Health Care of Old Saybrook, and the Guilford Courier. For more information, visit www.ShorelineJewishFestival.com and facebook.com/ShorelineJewishFestival. Artists can reserve a booth for the day for a fee of $85. To help sponsor this unique event, or to reserve a booth, please contact Rabbi Yaffe at (203) 533-7495 or at chabad@snet.net.


Calendar Listing: 15th Annual Shoreline Jewish Festival - A celebration of Jewish life! Sunday, August 1, 12-5 PM on the Guilford Green. Jewish music from around the world, children’s programs, Israeli food, and other fair favorites. Jewish book sale, artists featuring Judaica & Jewish art, crafts for kids. Admission and entertainment is free. Food, crafts, Judaica, books are for sale. For pictures and more information, visit www.shorelinejewishfestival.com and facebook.com/ShorelineJewishFestival. To reserve a booth, or for anything else, please call (203) 533-7495 or email chabad@snet.net.