The annual Jewish Fair and Expo at the YM-YWHA of Union County drew in a crowd of enthusiastic supporters for its day of Jewish-themed culture and festivity. There was an attentive audience for the choral singing and klezmer music performances, and for the two talks presented — one on Jewish humor and the other on the Jewish pioneers of the movie industry. Eager customers purchased the wares of vendors selling kosher food and wine, Judaica, and gifts. Holiday activities, magic, and crafts projects rounded out the day.
Marc Hilton of Somerset, chairing the event for his eighth time, said the turnout was a little lower than last year’s — around 250 people — but given the balmy weather and plethora of other pre-Thanksgiving events, it was still a good showing. “The same as usual, people were enjoying themselves,” he said, “and the two speakers got a very good turnout.”
The event was cosponsored by the Y and the Tri-State Region of B’nai B’rith, with additional assistance from Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael of Springfield and Congregation B’nai Ahavath Shalom of Union. The fair also received a grant from the U.S. 2010 Census.
Jani Jonas, the Y’s program director, said next year’s event is already on the calendar — for Nov. 21, and they are looking for “committed people” who would like to join the organizing committee.