Photos: Greater Chicago Jewish Festival

The biannual Greater Chicago Jewish Festival kicked off on Sunday evening. Thousands attended the event. Check out our online gallery featuring various artists, attendees and Jewish folk art.

The Greater Chicago Jewish Festival descended on Morton Grove's St. Paul Woods for its biannual celebration Sunday afternoon. The event is the largest Jewish festival in the Chicago area and one of the longest running in the country, having started in 1980.  

A variety of people played a role in returning the event this year, including Skokie trustee Michael Lorge, the Jewish Production Organization for Cultural Events and Theater and many others.

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Every two years, the festival is produced with a handful of goals in mind: to educate the Jewish community about its multi-faceted culture, to reach out to the general community to show the breadth and depth of the Jewish community, to provide Jewish artists and musicians with a venue to present and develop their work, to show Jewish children the community does not only gather in times of crisis and to encourage tolerance.

Alan Levitt, of the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, explained why he liked coming to the festival: "we come for the music and it's just cool to have all the Jewish community in one place.” Levitt continued, "Especially when you're from McHenry County, to come out here and get all these Jews together is just great for us.”

patricia Economos June 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
It would have been nice to know about this before the event so I could have attended.
George Slefo June 12, 2012 at 01:56 AM
@ Patricia I'm sorry you missed the event! If it is any consolation, you can check out our interview with Steven Page who performed at the festival. =) http://patch.com/A-tTML Best, George
Lori Lippitz June 15, 2012 at 02:58 AM
It would be great if SKOKIE artists could be highlighted in this, our local news outlet. Thanks!


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