People from across Atlanta and the Southeast enjoy the first ever Jerusalem Festival at Emory University. PHOTO / Special to the AJT

People from across Atlanta and the Southeast enjoy the first ever Jerusalem Festival at Emory University. PHOTO / Special to the AJT

SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //

Atlanta’s inaugural Jerusalem Festival at Emory University was attended by people from around the City and across the Southeast.

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They came together for the festive event to celebrate Sukkot and show concern for, and solidarity with, Jerusalem.  The festival was a grand event and huge triumph, thanks to the support from its diverse sponsors, great kosher food, and wonderful entertainment.

There were many vendors and sponsors in tents scattered around Emory’s McDonough Field, offering up food, publications, games, services, and information.  There was even a mobile sukkah and, of course, much to see and learn about Jerusalem.

Entertainment included The Cohen Brothers, Chai Tunes, Aviva and the Flying Penguins, the UGA Hillel Band, Jerry Farber and, headlining the event, The Shadowboxers.  There was also a special appearance by Opher Aviran, Consulate General of Israel.

Festival Founder, Kaylene Rudy, was pleased to have been able to put this important event together, and is already looking forward to next year.

Rudy thanked G-d for the success of the Festival, as well as giving special thanks to all of the sponsors for their support.

“This was a fantastic start to what will be a great annual event, uniting people from all over town,” she said. “Next year will be even bigger and better as we learn from this year and continue to build momentum!”

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