Festival to celebrate Jewish life in Morris County

Festival to celebrate Jewish life in Morris County

The Maccabeats
The Maccabeats

A performance by the Maccabeats will be the musical highlight of the first Morris County Jewish Festival on Sunday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m. at the Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph. 

The aim of the event is to demonstrate that “Morris County is a great place to live Jewishly,” said Mara Glauberg of Randolph. She and Mara Kimowitz of Mountain Lakes are cochairs of the festival, which is being organized in conjunction with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

The afternoon will include workshops designed for young families, teens, and adults; children’s activities; a resource fair with information about services, synagogues, and camps; and kosher fun food. The concert by the Maccabeats — the Yeshiva University-based a cappella group that shot to stardom with their 2010 Hanukka song, “Candlelight” — will be at 2:45 p.m. 

The festival “will showcase the Jewish community of Morris County on a grand scale,” said Kimowitz. “I’m confident that all who attend will leave knowing they have been part of something great and special.” 

According to Amy Biloon, federation’s director of outreach and engagement, the program is a pilot that federation hopes to expand to other counties. “Greater MetroWest covers a huge geographic area,” she said. “This is an opportunity for us to put a stake in the ground, facilitate the connections, and let everyone know that we care about enriching Jewish life throughout the community.” 

The event is free to those who register at jfedgmw.org/mcjf, $5 at the door, with a maximum of $20 per family. Off-site parking and shuttle busses will be available at 2 and 4 Emery Ave. in Randolph. No parking will be available at the academy other than handicapped parking and passenger drop-off.

Contact Shay Rodney at srodney@jfedgmw.org or 973-929-3174. Businesses that would like to be sponsors can contact Biloon at abiloon@jfedgmw.org or 973-929-3008.

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