Join us for the 2013 Jewish Festival, Sunday, April 28 at Oak Park, 11 am – 4 pm
Contact info: 805-957-1115 or


The Jewish Festival is an important and vibrant part of Santa Barbara’s rich history and tradition of ethnic celebrations, and of the Santa Barbara Jewish community itself.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara is pleased and proud to be sponsoring this community-wide event, together with our partner Jewish community agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish and community organizations.
The Festival Committee is again at work on putting together an incredible program, including entertainment, Israeli dancing, activities for children as well as adults, artisans and vendors, and, of course, great food!
We look forward to working with all of our Corporate Sponsors, Friends of the Festival, Committee Members and Volunteers! We truly could not do it without the community support!

The Jewish Festival brings to the community a wide variety of entertainment to two stages, and includes a variety of music: ethnic and local, modern and ancient, instrumental and vocal. In addition, we’ll have a day of Israeli dancing (including instruction, so you can join in!).

see program notes below

Simcha Stage (Main Stage)
11-11:15 am Proclamations presented by elected officials
11:15 am-12:10 pm The Ventura Klezmer Band
12:15-12:40 pm SB School of Performing Arts: A Youth Conservatory for the Arts (Youth Performance)
12:45-1:45 pm The Temple Band, Shir Chadash Adult & Youth Choirs of Congregation B’nai B’rith, led by Cantor Mark Childs
2-2:50 pm Kalinka
3-3:25 pm Vocal Motion
3:30-4 pm Tova & Alla

Mishpocha Stage (Second Stage)
11-11:50 am Flor de Kanela
12-1 pm Middle East Ensemble
1-2:15 pm Israeli Dancing with Michal
3-4 pm Israeli Dancing with Osnat

Program Notes

Master of Ceremonies Scott Topper is a three-time Emmy Nominated TV Show Host and has been in the Mitzvah DJ entertainment business for over a decade with both Southern California Mitzvahs and Scott Topper Productions. Along with his amazing Mitzvah dance team, Scott performs as both Emcee and Disc Jockey at many Southern California and Central Coast Mitzvahs. Be sure to visit Scott’s booth today at Southern California Mitzvahs.

Ventura Klezmer Band has been performing at the Santa Barbara Jewish Festival for most years since 1993. Playing and singing Yiddish, Israeli, Hassidic and Klezmer music, Ventura Klezmer Band sets an exciting mood for this great festival! Performers are Alan Moses (keyboards and accordion), Marty Flam (clarinet and vocals), Kathy Fink (saxophone, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet), Robin Faigin (vocals), John Robinson, (trombone), Tim Hansen (tuba), Roger Bridges (trumpet), Larry Cardozo (percussion).

Cantor Mark Childs with the Congregation B’nai B’rith Temple Band, the Shir Chadash Youth Choir and Adult Choir. The Adult Choir can be heard throughout the year at the first Friday night service of each month. The Temple Band plays at our 3rd Friday Ruach! each month. The Shir Chadash Youth Choir is composed of CBB students in grades two through six. CBB is a very musical congregation and we encourage everyone to sing along and to let the spirit of Jewish music lift their souls and accompany them through simcha and sorrow alike. CBB’s Musical performance on this festival stage is sponsored this year by Karen Spechler.

VocalMotion is UCSB’s only all female a cappella group. In their 10th year, they are better than ever, performing at UCSB and around the Santa Barbara area.

Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts is a conservatory-style after school program who’s mission is to nurture, motivate, and instill self-confidence in the city’s youth through the use of contemporary and classical theatrical works and training. Formerly Big Stage Productions, SBSOPA is now run by local artists and teachers Jessica Hambright & Dauri Kennedy. SOPA students continue to thrill the community with their remarkable talent and professionalism in their annual productions.

Kalinka is a popular Santa Barbara-based acoustic folk music group that played recently at the Skirball Cultural Center’s Hannukah celebration. They offer a unique rendering of Old World tunes, mixing Jewish Klezmer, gypsy swing, Israeli and Balkan folk songs, and French café music. Band members include Fred Nadis (clarinet), Jon Brady (accordion), Ann Chevrefils (bass), Phil Taylor (guitar).

Tova (guitar and vocals) & Alla (flute and vocals) play a mindful mix of original music and songs of Israel. Their set includes compositions joined with Hebrew scripture, beloved Carlebach tunes and inspired jams.

The official 63rd Independence Day Ceremony & Dedication will be highlighted by resolutions from Congresswoman Lois Capps, Mayor Helene Schneider, State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, County Supervisor Janet Wolf, District Attorney Joyce Dudley, plus a representative from the Israeli Consulate.

Flor de Kanela (“Flower of Cinnamon”) is a Santa Barbara-based Sephardic music ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Andrea Fishman, it began in 2004. Flor de Kanela members are: Dr. Andrea Fishman (vocals, riqq, def), Dr. Eric Ederer (cumbus, lauta, nautilauta), Richard Johnson (nay, clarinet), Voula Aldrich (oud), and Sonia Fernandez (darbuka, def ).

The UCSB Middle East Ensemble (MEE) is an official “Ethnomusicology Performance Ensemble” in the UCSB Music Department, which was founded in 1989 by ethnomusicology professor Scott Marcus, and has performed widely throughout California and in Tucson, Arizona, and Washington D.C. The ensemble’s repertoire reflects the great diversity of cultures found in the Middle East and performs music and dance from Arab, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, Sephardic and Oriental Jewish, Kurdish, and Assyrian cultures. Performance items range from classical pieces to religious, folk, popular, and children’s songs, as well as folk, classical, and cabaret-style dances. The MEE performs on traditional instruments.

● Anti-Defemation League (ADL)
● Beit HaYeladim
● Cherish Jewish Women’s Circle (Chabad of SB)
● Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara
● Congregation B’nai B’rith
● Isla Vista Minyan
● Jewish National Fund
● Jewish Voice for Peace
● JNET: Jewish Business Networking
● Lexus
● Montecito Bank & Trust
● Mount Sinai Memorial Parks
● Noozhawk
● Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts
● Santa Barbara Village
● Volunteers for Israel
● Young Judea Global, Inc.

● Camp Gan Israel
● Camp Haverim
● Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort
● Fresco Café
● Metropolitan Theatres Corp
● Salt Cave
● Yoga with Stella

B’nai B’rith Lodge – Beer Garden
California Wood Fired Catering – Pizza
Danny Douglas Catering – Kebab Plate
Georgia’s Smokehouse Food Truck – BBQ
KD’s Bakery – Gluten Free Baked Goods
Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community (SYVJC) – Wine Garden
Sisterhood of B’nai B’rith – Mandel Brat & Cookbooks
UCSB Chabad Kosher Café – Kosher Lunch Items
Young Adult Division (YAD) Jewish Federation – McConnell’s Ice Cream

● Aimee Golant: Metal Art & Judaica – Menorahs, Jewerly & more
● Artist Images by Ruth San Pietro – Handmade Paper, Handbags & more
● Color Vibe Designs – Silk Scarves
● Bronfman Family JCC Library Book Sale
● Dragonfly Jewelry & Kelsey Crews Photo
● Eye’s Designs – Handmade Jewelry
● Kova Caps – Judaica Clothing
● Minefields & Miracles book – Ruth Broyde Sharone
● Sacred Stone Silver – Fine Custom Jewelry
● SB Hillel – Sweatshirts in Hebrew

● Camp Haverim – Youth Activities
● Chabad of SB – Child Crafts
● Jumping Joe’s Rentals – Bounce House
● SB Hadassah – Craft Booth
● Southern California Mitzvahs – Teen Activities
● Walk the Land Murals
● Tallits by Sharon – Art
● Mystic Massage – Massage Therapy Chairs
● Mi Juleree by Karen Greenberg

Walk the Land: Celebrate Life!

Walk with us, in honor of the many ways “Israel Celebrates Life.” Join the worldwide Walk for Israel at our Santa Barbara Jewish Festival!

In celebration of Israel’s upcoming 65th anniversary, our community along with 107 other communities worldwide from Honolulu to Helsinki will be participating in Walk the Land: Celebrate LIFE!, a global Walk coordinated by The Afikim Foundation in cooperation with the World Zionist Organization and the Israel Ministry for Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs.

Large murals have been placed throughout the festival, displaying many of the numerous contributions that Israel has made to the world in the past 65 years, stemming from the supreme value that it places upon ‘Life’.

To receive an education pamphlet and to begin “The Walk”, visit the Jewish Federation booth.
To join our Walk the Land children’s program, please meet at the parking lot near the dance stage at 11 am.

In advance: Go to the Participating Communities page at and find the Santa Barbara listing.
Click on the “Register to Walk with” link.

By joining us (for a short walk around the park at the Festival), you have the opportunity to participate in several aspects of the Walk:

Sweepstakes: Win a Round-Trip Ticket to Israel!
Buy a Walk t-shirt for only $5. Order online or give us a call.
Packets of Israeli seeds, symbolizing the preciousness of life.
Educational materials about Israel and her innovations.
Add Your Name to the Celebrate LIFE! Greeting Card.
Submit your “Israel Celebrates Life” Video. You can win a trip to Israel.

We are looking for volunteers to help lead a short walk or be part of the “walk” team, along with a “Walk” representative to help us. This will be a great addition to the Festival! Sound like fun? Give us a call!

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