arts of thanksgiving at B’nai Jeshurun

Dance Israeli! will perform at the arts of thanksgiving at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, one of many groups from across the cultural and religious spectrum that will take part in the cultural celebration of diversity.

The arts of thanksgiving, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation’s annual celebration of diversity, will take place Nov. 25 at the Pepper Pike synagogue.

Children and adults are invited to join artists and a drumming circle for the opening hour of the event. They can also get henna tattoos and try out ethnic instruments as well as view art and crafts from many traditions.

A two-hour performance featuring dance, song and prayer will take place in the synagogue’s sanctuary, with a dessert reception to follow. Traditionally, Philip Yenyo opens the program with a song. He is a member of the American Indian Movement of Ohio.

Others performing will be Seraphim Children’s Choir – Communion of Saints Parish, Djapo Cultural Arts Institute and Dance Israeli!

Among new performers this year will be dance troupe Spartan Bhangra, performing infusion Bollywood dance.

“We always hold it the Monday before Thanksgiving,” said Shani Kadis, arts of thanksgiving coordinator at B’nai Jeshurun. “It has nothing to do about the holiday.”

Kadis said she enjoys bringing her children to the event because of the cultural exposure it offers them.

The arts of thanksgiving has a long-rooted history in Cleveland, stretching back to 1960, when The Temple-Tifereth Israel, The Church of the Covenant and Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church began the tradition of a Greater Cleveland inter-religious Thanksgiving celebration, according to a news release from B’nai Jeshurun.

The Cleveland Jewish News is the media sponsor of the event.

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