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KosherFest-- Kansas City's celebration of Jewish food traditions

KosherFest 2008  food booths
KosherFest 2008 food booths
Photo courtesy of Ohev Sholom

KosherFest, Congregation Ohev Sholom's celebration of Jewish food, will be held Sunday, June  6 from noon to 5 p.m. The event is open to the entire community and features homemade kosher cuisine, live music, a kids' area and an Israeli-style market.  Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine.  The congregation is located at 75th and Nall in Prairie Village.

A unique feature of KosherFest are its holiday booths, featuring foods and information associated with the various holidays.  Volunteers have been busy in recent weeks preparing latkes (Chanukah), matzah ball soup (Passover), hamentaschen (Purim), blintzes (Shavuot), honey cake (Rosh Hashanah), challah (Shabbat) and other kosher delicacies.

 “Every Jewish holiday has a traditional set of foods, and recipes are passed down through the generations.” says Donna Oberstein, event co-chair, “By sharing our traditional fare, we’re not only serving up delicious food, we’re offering a taste of history.” 

In addition such traditional and ethnic favorites as cabbage rolls, chopped liver, knishes, kugels, and blintzes will be available.

Freshly prepared foods will be available at KosherFest, and pre-orders for frozen take-home foods are being accepted now at 913-642-6460.

The festival will also feature dancing and the live music of local groups Oy Tate, Shireinu and the St. Louis group Harif, as well as hourly door prizes, a kids’ area with inflatables, and a clown.

There are several new additions to KosherFest 2010 including an Israeli-style market, with Jewish books, Judaica treasures, jewelry, artwork, and other one-of-a-kind items; an Israel Information Booth; and a cookbook featuring favorite KosherFest and family recipes of congregants.

A goal of Ohev’s KosherFest is to connect with the global community. For every fan who registers on Ohev’s KosherFest page on Facebook and every food sale, Congregation Ohev Sholom will make a cash donation to Mazon, a Jewish response to hunger. In addition, a portion of proceeds will go to Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank.

"We were honored to be awarded 2009 Program of the Year by the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City,” said Dr. Ace Allen, KosherFest 2010 co-chair, “and we look forward to outdoing our success with this year’s event.”

Congregation Ohev Sholom was founded in 1877 and is the oldest existing Jewish congregation in Kansas.

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