AJMF: KehillaFest Cuts Ticket Cost to Thank Community

AJMF: KehillaFest Cuts Ticket Cost to Thank Community

David R. Cohen

David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

Above: Award-winning Jewish rock band Soulfarm headlines KehillaFest on March 20.

Rabbi Karmi David Ingber and The Kehilla hosted the first KehillaFest in February 2015 to celebrate five years of his leadership of the thriving Jewish congregation in Sandy Springs.

The event was so successful as a fundraiser and as a concert, drawing more than 500 people to hear the Moshav Band, that The Kehilla is doing it again Sunday, March 20, this time as part of the seventh Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

“Last year we worked together with AJMF,” Rabbi Ingber said. “And being that we are bringing out a really great band for KehillaFest this year, we decided to combine forces.”

That band is New York-based rock/jam outfit Soulfarm, which plays a high-energy mix of American and Israeli music.

Just as he did at the first KehillaFest, Rabbi Ingber plans to join the featured act onstage for a few songs at the Atlanta Jewish Academy auditorium. The rabbi is a guitarist and performed with various members of Soulfarm while he lived in Israel.

KehillaFest is the main fundraiser for The Kehilla, which regularly hosts concerts, classes, social events and Shabbat dinners for any and all who would like to attend. The congregation got a big head start on the fundraiser by bringing in $145,204 in 24 hours as part of the Association of Jewish Outreach Programs’ United Kiruv Giving Day on Feb. 16 and 17.

In celebration of that success, The Kehilla slashed KehillaFest ticket prices in half from $36 to $18.

“We want to show our appreciation to the community and enable everyone to come out and celebrate with us,” Rabbi Ingber said. “We see this as an incredible partnership with the community, and in gratitude for this outpouring of support, we want everyone to participate and experience our vision of unity and joy that this event represents.”

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