Shelton Chabad brings Jewish fest to Huntington Green

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The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton, under the direction of Rabbi Shneur Brook and his wife, Leah, will be hosting a Jewish festival, what he calls the first of its kind in the city, on June 12, at Huntington Green.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton, under the direction of Rabbi Shneur Brook and his wife, Leah, will be hosting a Jewish festival, what he calls the first of its kind in the city, on June 12, at Huntington Green.

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SHELTON — Jewish traditions, music and food will be on full display next weekend.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton, under the direction of Rabbi Shneur Brook and his wife, Leah, will be hosting a Jewish festival that he calls the first of its kind in the city, on June 12 at Huntington Green.

“The goal is to bring the region together for a joyful and fun-filled Jewish experience,” said Brook.

Brook said the festival will highlight a message of optimism and positivity, as taught by the Rebbe - Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who Brook said is the most influential rabbi in modern history.

“The Rebbe taught us to live positively and to recognize an opportunity for growth in every situation,” Brook said. “We’re excited to share this message as our community continues to grow and blossom.”

The festival will feature family entertainment and traditional Jewish foods, including kosher deli and potato knishes. Admission, music, and kids’ activities will all be free. The food will be for sale.

“What promoted us to create such an event was a few things, namely that locals here are in love with kosher deli food,” Brook said.

Headlining the music portion of the festival will be a Jewish klezmer Band, playing music that will bring an upbeat message of love and joy.

“The community has recently become more and more interested with Jewish music, so the thought of combining a day that would feature kosher deli, and an authentic klezmer band pushed us to make it a full-blown event for the public, which would be a day to celebrate Jewish culture and cuisine,” Brook said.

“What better way to come together as a community,” Brook added. “This festival is open to all, and there will be something to enjoy for everyone.”

The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Organizers request that those wishing to attend the Shelton Jewish Festival register for tickets in advance at SheltonJewishFestival.com. Vendors, crafters, organizations, and artists are also invited to sign up to have a booth at the festival.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Shelton offers Jewish education, outreach, and social-service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and affiliations. For more information, visit JewishShelton.com.

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