Originally created 05/15/04

Israeli food, life, culture to be shared at festival

A wedding dress and a Jewish wedding canopy called a chuppah will be part of the ceremonial display in the heritage room during the Israel Experience, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

Storyteller Lynn Jaffe will perform at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., and patrons will be able to join in Israeli dancing at 2 and 3 p.m.

Visitors can have their names lettered in Hebrew and get their picture taken with a mural of the old city or the desert with camels in the background, or they can have it taken anywhere at the center during the event, said Alberta Goldberg, the program director.

They will be able to write messages on small papers and attach them to a reproduction of the Wailing Wall. The messages will be sent to Jerusalem.

The Wailing Wall, a remnant of the Jerusalem temple, is a holy place.

"People come with little messages and put them in the cracks of the wall," Ms. Goldberg said.

Israeli artist Rebecca Shore will have her Art from the Heart of Jerusalem for sale. She illustrates lithographs with a verse from the Hebrew Bible in both Hebrew and English. Items from the gift shop at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue will be available.

Activities for children include face-painting; a biblical petting zoo from Canterbury Trails Equestrian Center of Grovetown; birds from Feathered Friends Forever; and the Phinizy Swamp education bus.

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History will display examples of students' work and have information about computer, art and history camps.

A disc jockey will intersperse Israeli music and news broadcasts from a mock radio studio, and a safe room - the name given to home bomb shelters in Israel - will be on display.

Jewish agencies will give away bumper stickers, flags and pins from their booths.

Concessions will include a falafel sampler plate, ice cream and Israeli candy bars and potato chips.

"The snacks are fun, salty and different," Ms. Goldberg said.

About 1,200 people sampled Jewish food and culture during last year's event. The response was much bigger than the center expected, she said, adding that "We don't even have 1,200 Jewish people" in Augusta.

For more information, call 228-3636 or visit the center's Web site, www.jewishaugusta.org.


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