We are delighted to report that our first-ever Workmen’s Circle Taste of Jewish Culture Street Fair, held Sunday on Madison Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets, was a wonderful success! We got lucky with the weather as the rain and thunder that had been forecast never materialized, and the “street snacks and music” we promised were spectacular. Thousands of people streamed through over the course of the day and we had a chance to connect with many new people of all ages as well as greet familiar friends, members and supporters. A number of our food vendors were so busy that they sold out before the fair ended, and there were great crowds for the music and speakers throughout the day.
We hope you were there and had the chance to experience this event yourself, but if you missed it, you can check us out again next year – we will send out more information as soon as its confirmed. And in the meantime, keep an eye out for more food and culture events we are planning throughout the year.
We’re gathering input now from our leadership, staff and attendees that we’ll use to ensure that next year’s festival is even bigger and better. There are a number of other “taste of Jewish culture” events coming up, starting with a challah-baking class at Breads Bakery in Union Square on the evening of September 4 and a food tour of Rego Park in Queens, now home to an array of restaurants, bakeries, and markets representing many Jewish traditions, to be held on a Sunday in October. For more information or to register for either program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re most grateful to the talented food vendors and musicians who were the true centerpiece of the fair. If you have a chance, we hope you’ll patronize Mile End, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, Breads Bakery, Taim, Kossar’s Bialys, Baz Bagel & Restaurant, Peck’s Homemade, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, Dassara: Brooklyn Ramen, Scharf & Zoyer, Knish Nosh, Gefilteria, Brooklyn Sesame, and The Pickle Guys. Howard Leshaw’s Yiddish Swing Band and Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue would elevate any party, and we loved working with our organizational partners Beyond Bubbie, Pop-Up Shabbat, our Midtown and Long Island shules and, of course, our media sponsor, The Jewish Daily Forward.
There are always many people to thank for any successful venture, but the most important thanks go to you. Your interests and your needs, whether you’ve been involved for 50 years or are just getting to know us, are what drives us forward. We know we have a lot of wonderful experiences and benefits to offer, but we’re always interested in learning from and responding to you. We hope to see you soon – at a class, at a concert, at one of our schools or our summer camp, or at one of the many cultural events and celebrations we sponsor year-round.