Join us for Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival Series...

Open to the Public - A series of fun and family-friendly events!

June 15, 7 PM - On Broadway, An all-star cast rhapsodizes the inside story of Broadway theater coming back from the brink, thanks to innovative work, attention in welcoming the LGTBQ community, and the balance between art and commerce. This documentary, from Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby, and the producers of RBG, is a letter to the Great White Way—a reminder of both the cultural void left in the pandemic’s wake and the enormous creative influence of Jewish American composers, lyricists, producers, and actors play in musical theater. $5 per person.

RSVP: Congregation Shaara Tfille [email protected]

June 29, 5:30 PM - BBQ Birthday Celebration. Birthdays are a time of celebration and fun. But what makes a Jewishbirthday so special? Join us as we celebrate Sarah’s birthday with a barbecue celebration. $5 donation requested.

RSVP: Saratoga Chabad (518) 526-0773 or [email protected]

July 7, 7 PM - Good in the Midst of Evil. Facilitated discussion of the memoir by Dana Fast with her daughter Yvona Fast, in a first-hand narrative of Holocaust survival in Poland. Dana tells the story of her incredible childhood experiences and through a series of name and identity shifts, emerges, a strong, feisty, fearless adolescent girl. 

$5 donation requested.

Registration: Temple Sinai at [email protected]

July 10, 1 & 4 PM - 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Part memoir and part stand-up routine, this hilarious and affecting play breaks down what makes Jewish mothers so lamentable, laughable, and lovable. Comedienne Judy Gold, and playwright Kate Moira Ryan, seamlessly weave actual interviews with Jewish mothers across the United States together with memories from Gold’s childhood and her own experiences as a Jewish mother, in order to create a performance piece that explores it all.

RSVP: Congregation Shaara Tfille [email protected]

July 11, 7 PM -What Makes Chabad Tick, Enjoy stirring melodies of Chabad songs and hear explanations while

enjoying an elegant festive meal. $5 donation requested.

RSVP: Saratoga Chabad (518) 526-0773 or [email protected]

July 12, 5:30 PM -Klezmer & Kosher Festival, Celebrating 120 years of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who was born in Ukraine, and transformed the face of world Jewry. Let’s celebrate our Judaism proudly in his honor. It’ll be a lively day—with Kosher deli, crafts, games, and of course, a live Klezmer Concert. Special feature will be Jewish melodies and desserts from Ukraine.

RSVP: Clifton Park Chabad (518) 495-0772 or cliftonparkchabad.com

July 19, 5:30 PM - The Ceremony, The Walton’s The Ceremony, depicts a family of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who move to Walton’s Mountain, where they try to hide their Judaism for fears of anti-Semitism. Join us as we watch and enjoy dinner and a discussion on anti-Semitism. $5 per person.

RSVP: Saratoga Chabad (518) 526-0773 or [email protected]

August 11, 7 PM - Discussion of Fences, Fences, play and screenplay by August Wilson, is set in 1950’s Pittsburgh. However, its universal themes supersede any of its social features. Fences is a film about how environment shapes us. The American working class is more than just Midwestern and white in contrast to the stereotypes.

Black working class has analogous experiences and resentments as

seen in other working class; their essentials may be distinct but no

less painful and reasonably even more so.. $5 per person.

Registration: Temple Sinai at [email protected]

August 21, 4pm - Shalom Festival, Join our annual Shalom Festival featuring crafts for kids, a BBQ cook off, and entertainment for all ages! $5 donation requested.

RSVP: Saratoga Chabad (518) 526-0773 or [email protected]

August 25, 5:30pm - King in the Field BBQ, Catch some delicious BBQ, music, and crafts while schmoozing with friends and community. It is taught that in the month of Elul, the “King is in the Field,” and G-d is readily accessible, willing to hear our requests and listen to our fervent prayers for the coming new year.

RSVP: Clifton Park Chabad (518) 495-0772 or cliftonparkchabad.com

August 28, 3pm & 7pm - Underneath the Lintel, A Shayna Maidel has been replaced due to an actor shortage. Underneath the Lintel is a one woman show that is truly funny and at the same time an incredibly serious play on the universality of human history. It transitions seamlessly and unavoidably from a curious, narrowly focused detective story to an exploration of the most fundamental questions about life.

$10 donation per person requested. Will be held at the Skidmore College Chapel. Sponsored by Temple Sinai, Jewish Student Life at Skidmore Office, and Congregation Beth Shalom

RSVP: [email protected]

August 30, 7pm - David Friedmann - Lost and Found Portraits of the Prague Jewish Community 1940 - 1941, David Friedman(n), 1893–1980, was an accomplished painter, renowned for his portraits drawn from life, and a leading Berlin press artist of the 1920s. As a refugee in Prague, he produced portraits of the Jewish Community during the Nazi occupation. One of the starkest traumas of the Holocaust—people not only lost their lives, but also traces of their existence. The portraits were evidence of a dynamic Jewish community that had been destroyed. His daughter Miriam Friedman Morris will discuss finding his lost portraits and the surprising connections she made piecing together the story. As a Holocaust survivor, Friedman fought anti-Semitism and racial hatred through painting the horrors he witnessed in the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz to show them to the world. $5 per person - Refreshments to follow.

RSVP: Congregation Shaara Tfille (518) 584-2370 

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