So last Sunday, June 1st I got to go to KosherFest at Ohev Sholom. It was such a wonderful time.
My buddy and dear friend Christie came up from Oklahoma to go with me. This makes it extra wonderful because it’s “Girl’s Day Out”! I miss Christie so dreadfully since she moved to Oklahoma, but she has been wonderful about coming up for visits when she can, and thank heavens for cell phones with free long distance! While it is really hampering our mission to solve the world’s problems, it does help us with being there for each other. But KosherFest, good food, great music and best of all “Girl’s Day Out”!
I have pre-ordered my food, 5 packages of Cheese Blintz, NO, only TWO of them are for me, thank you very much! Two are for my friend Deb who can’t seem to get back here from Israel to pick up her own, and if I don’t there will be NO cheese blintz for Sukkot (this is a crisis in my book), one for my dear Christie who drove up, and two for my freezer. A carton of Chef Barry Brooks Tabouli, a package of Mandelbrot and one of Strudel and one loaf of Challah bread. So to keep everything nice I have a cooler with ice ready, we stop at Quick Trip to get a soda and a sweet tea. It is after all a “road trip” even if it is a short one. So with Christie riding shotgun we set out and point the Saturn west. Christie is an excellent navigator and we arrive in good time. The helpful Policeman helps us find the right parking area and we are set. They have increased Police presence due to the shooting a few weeks ago. While this may reassure many, I would be much more assured if there were a sign out stating “Legal Concealed Carry Allowed and Encouraged”.
We enter the festival area and begin to wander around. The first person I see is my friend Henry, who is on the Israel Spirit Committee. We talk about Tikvah’s dance times and we discuss the REAL NEED for a frozen coffee machine for the booth for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival. We ARE going to work on this, Henry and I are agreed, we NEED one!
Art, also on the I.S.C. comes over and I get to introduce Christie to Art, he tells me Joe is teaching Hebrew and takes me over to the white board where he is teaching. I remember Joe! He was one of the wonderful people that came to Open Range Fellowship last year to help present “A Taste of Israel”. Joe is explaining if you can read a license plate, you can learn to read Hebrew. Sounds good because I’m still a doofus with my reading and writing, although I AM making progress! So after he tells us a little bit and I see what he is saying. Then another gentleman comes over. One look and it pops into my mind who he might be, since he looks a whole lot like his brothers. It is, Naftaly, the brother of my friend Nissim. Nissim is not far behind. We visit for a little bit and find out the musical schedule and go get good seats at the tables to watch the shows. A group has been preforming Scott Joplin and Christie and I have both enjoyed it. The next group is Oy Tate and my friend Nissim is preforming with them. Wonderful group that has you feet tapping with a will of their own! Everyone around us seemed to be having a ball as well listening to them. We visit with Naftaly some while we listen.
After that, Tikvah begins their dances as they take you on a trip around Israel using different songs and dances from different parts of the country. I love watching Tikvah, they are such a wonderful group, both as dancers and people. Sue Ellen leads the group and she is also my must visit for jewelry. She makes such beautiful and interesting things. She is where I got my agarot earrings that I just love. Christie had commented how inclusive the group at KosherFest is, they welcome everyone. This is very evident with Tikvah, they have community dancing at the end of their performance. Everyone that wants to try is welcome to come and join in! This time is no different and members of the audience come and join in and learn to dance. Henry changes into a musician for the community dancing. A man of many talents that Henry! My friend Deb (a different Deb than the one still in Israel) who is also with the Tikvah group has entrusted me with her camera again. Her assignment to me? Take as many pictures as you can, she will sort the good from the bad, just shoot away. Alrighty then! That’s one I can happily do. So there are very few seconds of Tikvah’s performance that hasn’t been captured by Deb’s camera which happily didn’t overheat!
After Tikvah finishes Chef Barry Brooks comes up and gives a demonstration on how to make hummus. I am convinced hummus is a perfect food and I love it. Though I confess, I think the hummus we make for the Israel booth for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival is the best ever. Of COURSE I AM NOT biased? Why are you asking?
After Chef Barry’s demo, and by the way, Chef Barry’s Tabouli is totally wonderful, it is the Tizmoret Orchestra’s turn for the stage. This is another group my friend Nissim is in. Nissim too, is a man of many talents. As you can hear with this song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) by Naomi Shemer they are wonderful. They had us all clapping and several were dancing to some of the songs. Charlie, a wonderful gentleman I met at the Yom HaZikaron service a few weeks ago was there and WOW can that lad dance! He just had such joy and spirit it was a pleasure watching him. Charlie is just a very nice man.
Towards the end of KosherFest while we were walking around we ran into Ben. Ben is one of the Commissioners on the Israel Spirit committee and had been working with Art to give out the good literature. He was with Yahav, she is the Ambassador to the JCC from Israel. She is one of the people that worked so hard at putting together the very moving Yom HaZikaron service I wrote about. While too many view Memorial Day as “National BBQ Day” the Yom HaZikaron service was very moving and poignant. Those who worked putting it together had obviously cared a great deal.
Christie ate at KosherFest and she said the food was wonderful! I didn’t, I had my camcorder and was determined to get as many pictures and videos as I could. A woman with a mission I was.
We had a great time at KosherFest, good food, good friends and lots of fun! I hope to go back next year, and I really hope Christie can come up and go with me! That “Girl’s Day Out” is a wonderful thing!
Now are you wishing you had gone? You’ll have another chance next year! I can tell you the Tabouli, Mandelbrot, Challah bread and Strudel are totally fabulous!