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Idaho Jewish Festival and Deli Days

June 13, 2014

By Dana Oland, The Idaho Statesman

June 13--We all know Deli Days -- the two-day kosher fest at the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue, where loads of pastrami, turkey, corned beef, lox and bagels, and an array of delights are waiting to be devoured.

Now, add a day and call it the Idaho Jewish Festival -- a new iteration of Deli Days that expands the idea beyond food.

The first two days will be business as usual -- deli sandwiches, synagogue tours, a beer and wine garden and music. Then on June 21, you'll find a day of free activities that explore Jewish culture more deeply.

The festival made its successful debut last year.

"We reached a broader audience and were able to give back with these free events that educate the community about Jewish culture," says festival director Oliver Thompson.

The festival part will have a film festival, art show, music and dance workshops and a performance by internationally renowned klezmer musician, writer and filmmaker Yale Strom.

Bringing Strom to Boise is a coup, Thompson says.

"He's like a one-man festival," he says.

Strom will teach a master class for musicians, accompany the dancers, screen his award-winning documentary "The Last Klezmer," and perform with his wife, singer Elizabeth Schwartz.


Sandwiches run $7.75, hot dogs are $4, lox and bagel is $5.75 and a complete dinner for four is $47. Find the menu on the Deli Days Facebook page. This year's stage lineup includes the Gypsy groove band Tambalka, Strom and Schwartz, Jack Hale's Speakeasy Experience, The Moody Jews and Fleet Street Klezmer Band.


2:30 p.m.: Dance workshop

4 p.m.: Musicians workshop

6 p.m.: Artist reception

8:30 p.m. Strom & Schwartz performance

9:30 p.m. Havdalah ceremony

The Films

2:30 p.m. "Le Gusto," a documentary about a Jewish and Muslim orchestra.

4:30 p.m.: "Everest: A Climb for Peace," a documentary narrated by Orlando Bloom about nine Mount Everest "peace climbers" from different faiths and cultures.

6:30 p.m.: "The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski, His Life and Music," with introduction by Yale Strom


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