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Middle eastern rock, klezmer orchestra, hassidic folk, and rappers with a message delivered under blue skies with a side of falafel.
On August 31st the Seward
Park Amphitheater will ignite with SPARK.
Headlined by Moshav Band of Israel and California, SPARK is an all ages,
outdoor music festival for Seattle's Jewish community. The main stage will feature a full day of
music from 12 - 6PM including local stars Nissim, Sasson, Erev Rav, Eli
Rosenblatt and Oregon based spoken-word artist Ari Lesser and Ben Yosef. Peruse craft vendors, enjoy kosher cuisine, spread
your blanket out in the sun and watch the eagles soar overhead to the sounds of
contemporary klezmer, Middle Eastern flavored rock, hassidic folk and rap. SPARK is built for Seattle family fun. Kids can frolic in the Kids Korral with
squirrel balls, coffee sack races, sports, face painting, and more.
The SPARK Festival is being produced by the Eruv
Coalition— uniting the Jewish community on the shores of Lake Washington in the
Seward Park neighborhood.
Adam Simon is a avid music fan and scours the earth for rare and exciting Jewish music. His home is in Seattle but his heart is in Israel. Adam conceived this idea on one of his many walks around Seward Park amphitheater imagining what the possibility of combining the forest, with friends, lots of them, music, art.... A real festival for the Seattle Jewish Community. When not walking in the park or brainstorming new community initiatives, Adam manages a commercial real estate portfolio for his clients.
Hezky is a native Seattleite and our committee's token hipster. When not hipping out music festivals he is crunching numbers for the FHLB.
Marty Jaffee is a retired professor of Comparative Religion at the UW. Charla, his wife, is a psychiatric social worker at Harborview. They have lived in the Seward Park Jewish community for 10 years and are founding members of Minyan Ohr Chadash. Charla is known as a knitter of fine shawls and sweaters, while Marty is known as a fun-loving wise-guy.
Yosef is a music producer by trade- mixing and recording tracks that have been produced with several local rap acts. Yosef is an also expert in the Seward Park forest trail system, running to them daily and often traversing them for hours on end to find inspiration and peace.
Emily came to Seattle in 2010 from her hometown in Connecticut in via Boston and Jerusalem. She came to settle down, start a family and exercise her passion for community building. Emily is also a music enthusiast, so what better way than to help promote an outdoor festivals featuring amazing local and international Jewish talent!
Debbie Barber is the chair of the ERUV Committee. The ERUV Committee is all about building bridges and uniting people. She believes that this is a key exponent in happy and successful communities. She is very devoted to her family and friends. Debbie has spent many years volunteering in her community and to this day she actively participants in many different committees. When she has some down time you can frequently find her in the kitchen cooking. In her free time, Debbie is a certified Long-term Care Ombudsman in the state of Washington and spends many hours a week in long-term care facilities advocating for patient rights. She loves all genres of music and is very excited to be a part of the Seattle Jewish Music Festival.
Writer and broadcaster Gigi Yellen-Kohn's musical tastes run from American folk through European classical to ancient Middle Eastern chant. She hosts classical music Mondays through Thursdays on Northwest Public Radio, www.nwpr.org.