Celebrates 30 Years of Diverse Jewish Performing Arts Programming Across San Diego County

Lipinski Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival-ZFest

Over a month of music, theater and guest speakers

June 1 to July 16

The live program will include a one-of-a-kind presentation from Witnesses, winner of the San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Production, the return of

Women of Valor at its 14th edition as well as Perla Batala at House of Cohen, The Whole Megillah-Festival of Jewish New Works, Reggae Star Matisyahu, Eco-Jewish Play Fest opening, and more.

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San Diego, Ca. (May 2023). – The Lipinski Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival JFEST

Even stronger returns with new partnerships and locations from Balboa Park to Downtown San Diego to La Jolla

Encinitas, and Carlsbad, through a great arts program reaching different corners of the county. The 2023 edition will take place from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, July 16, celebrating three consecutive decades of exploration of Jewish history, its people and ideas throughout San Diego, with an amazing offering that includes music, theater, Dance and fine arts are included. The favorite returns as the Grammy-nominated singer and tour partner of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, Perla Batala in House of Cohen: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Songs by Leonard Cohen) as well as the return of the Women of Valor play. which honors six incredible women and how they have inspired the community.

“I am overwhelmed by the overwhelming support JFEST has received. I am very excited about our 30th anniversary programming and proud of our new partnerships with JCC, Old Globe, The Conrad, Unitarian Church, Park & ​​Market and Coastal Roots Farm . I love creating community and bringing joy through the diversity of Jewish art. Share Todd Salovey (Art Director and Founder of JFEST) is also the director and co-writer of Tod Chagall, a collaboration with writer-composer Yael Strom The musical follows Russian-French painter Marc Chagall and his wife Bella when they become refugees and how it affects their art.

Tickets are available at San Diego JFEST ( and range in price from $18 to $50.

JFEST will also feature a special reunion and unique concert of Musical Witnesses, a moving presentation inspired by the diaries of 5 teenagers who died in the Holocaust. Recognized as Outstanding New Production by the San Diego Critics Circle this 2023, The Meeting will take place at the Lawrence Family JCC, located in La Jolla.

The start of the Eco-Jewish Play Fest, 7 Play. 24 hours to make. 1 night to enjoy! (7 plays. 24 hours to make them. 1 night to enjoy!) will be held at Encinitas’ Coastal Roots Farm, featuring a season of new short plays as well as Hol Megillah New Jewish celebrating new plays There will also be a play festival. who are solely Jewish to be featured at The Old Globe and New Village Arts in Carlsbad. The festival is curated and produced by JFEST Associate Producer Rebecca Myers, who first experienced JFEST in 2008 at the age of 12, as one of the actresses in the production Blessing of a Broken Heart. “That project sparked a light that ignited a love for theater that will last my whole life, and especially for New Jewish Art. I have been fortunate enough to find new Jewish jobs over the last three years Discover the United States of America. The national scene of Jewish theater is growing and developing and we are so fortunate to be on the front lines of watching it happen.

Continuing the theater program, Hereville, which will be presented at The Old Globe and New Village Arts, tells the story of an Orthodox Jewish girl who travels through time and battles demons. Theater Dybbuk: The Merchant of Venice (The Merchant of Venice (Annotated), or In Relief I Don’t Know Why I’m So Sad) is a 16th-century English play that discusses how anti-Semitism and other prejudicial beliefs How do you work? our world today. in daytime. To perform at the Lawrence Family JCC in La Jolla.

Adat Yeshurun ​​Congregation will host the La Jolla Festival Keynote: Judaism and the Arts with one of the world’s leading Jewish thinkers and teachers, Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik. In JFEST’s music section, Jewish music gets a taste of cultures from Spain, Persia, Portugal, Romania, and more at the 22nd Klezmer Summit: The World of Jewish Music, taking place at the First Universalist Unitarian Church of San Diego. “Neshama” – Music of the Soul, a community concert celebrating the deep connection between all of us and Yael Strom’s film “Recordly Yours, Lou Curtis”, with a pre-screening performance about Jews and popular music Digital Gym Located in the cinema. at Park & ​​Market, San Diego.

JFEST COO Matthew E. Graber shared: “I am proud to have the opportunity to launch this new chapter in JFEST history. I am also proud of the great support, both spiritual and financial, that we have received. Those who know me know that I am Jewish by choice and have been contributing to the promotion of Zefest for over 7 years and have watched it grow from one.

‘Hemish’ (somewhat familiar) with local musicians and artists for an international festival with stars like Hershey Felder, Alon Gould and Perla Batala. It pleases me that in this first year that we are holding JFEST outside of San Diego REP, and thanks to the Lawrence Family JCC, we will be holding a festival of the stature and scale of no other.

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