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Inaugural Tiburon Jewish Festival aims to foster community

Live music, kosher food and crafts are on tap for the inaugural Tiburon Jewish Festival July 30 at Zelinsky Park behind Town Hall.

The free family-friendly event, set for 1-3:30 p.m., seeks to celebrate the traditions of Jewish culture and heritage.

“Recently, there’s a big emphasis on diversity in town,” said Rabbi Levi Mintz, co-director of Chabad of Tiburon, which is organizing the festival. “There’s been a lot of the new cultural events, and we said we want to be able to bring to the community a joyous message of positivity around Judaism.”

The festival will include live music from the Sonoma Klezmer Band and the Ferris Wheels, a cover band led by a Chabad rabbi that puts a Jewish spin on the lyrics of popular songs, transforming Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” into “Sweet Aroma of the Challah” and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” into “I Can’t Get No Hamantaschen” — references to a traditional bread and pastry, respectively.

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