Hold on to your yarmulkes! There’s a new festival and it aims to be the most boisterous celebration of Jewish culture and community in town. The first annual Atlanta Jewish Life Festival, presented by Atlanta Jewish Times, will take place this Sunday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium.
We spoke with festival organizers to get the inside scoop, and, voila, we give you five reasons you NEED to bring your family to this festival.
Anyone who’s been invited to a Jewish event or into a Jewish home knows the chief concern of the host is what’s being served, who is eating and how to get guests to eat more! From New York delis to Mediterranean delights, Jewish food brings warmth, comfort and full bellies. You can expect both kosher and kosher-style vendors at AJLF. Highlights include kosher gelato, cinnamon rolls and fare from famed vendors Pita Palace, Yalla and For All Occasions catering, just to name a few.
Kick up your feet in a horah or just spin around in circles! Kids have a place to wiggle, jump and dance in front of the stage in The Kibbutz and the Georgia Aquarium atrium. Joe Alterman of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival and DJ Ricardo Spicer of Amp’d Entertainment proudly MC the AJMF and The Kibbutz stages with musical acts attractive to young and old alike. Student dancers and Jewish choruses will appear on both stages throughout the day.
3. Activities for the Whole Mishpachah
As if hosting a festival at the Georgia Aquarium was not entertaining enough, festival organizers are planning a slew of kid-friendly activities spaced throughout the building. Face painters, Henna artists, caricature creators and even a green screen for fun family photos await festival goers on Sunday.
4. The Kibbutz
Stop by community partners to collect swag and learn about the great Jewish organizations and institutions in Atlanta. The Bremen Museum is planning a special exhibit on Jewish life in Atlanta and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is planning a massive interactive display.
5. Discounted Ticket Prices
Tickets are ridiculously inexpensive and include entry to the Aquarium for the entire day.
AJLF single tickets cost only $18. An even deeper discount is offered to families. A family pack costs $54, including two adults and up to four children. This is up to a $200 savings!
For this handful of reasons and more, we hope we see you and your family at the Atlanta Jewish Life Festival!
Need more information? Visit: www.atlantajewishlifefestival.com.