46th Annual Westchester Jewish Music
& Arts Festival Returns!

Neshama Carlebach

The 46th Annual Westchester Jewish Music and Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from noon to 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.  The festival is presented by The Westchester Jewish Council and in cooperation with Westchester County Parks.  


Westchester Jewish Council CEO, Elliot Forchheimer shared, “This year’s Festival is back and in person.  We have an amazing headliner, Neshama Carlebach, along with folk duo The Levins and Cantor Ines Kapustianksy, plus festival favorites including Ned Gelfars and Israeli Dancing with Leng. There’s music, dance, arts and so much to celebrate and enjoy for the entire family!”


Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world.  A winner and four-time nominee in the Independent Music Awards for her most current release, Believe, and winner of the Global Music Awards Silver Award for Outstanding Performance by a female vocalist for the album, Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today’s best-selling Jewish artists in the world.  Neshama has been a cornerstone of major Jewish music festivals across the U.S. and globally, performing in front of thousands at countless concerts and gatherings for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  


The music will continue with Cantor Ines Kapustiansky of Temple Shaaray Tefila and with The Levins, a husband and wife duo, who uplift and unite with unflinchingly feel-good folk-pop, infectious musicality, sharp songwriting skills, and a unique approach to vocal harmonies that is both soulful and unexpected.


In addition, Israeli dance with Leng, (sponsored by Camp Zeke) for all ages will take place throughout the day. Free face painting by Maria, WonderSpark Puppets Show sponsored by PJ Library in New York, and juggler Ned Gelfars, whose show is full of juggling, magic, and an incredible amount of hilarious, good-natured audience participation, and games, crafts and more, will also be on hand to provide plenty of  family activities and fun throughout the day. 


The event is free (including parking), open to the public, and will be held rain or shine.  Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, and picnics. A tented area is available from which to enjoy all the musical performances and Israeli dancing. Food will be available for purchase.  


Pre-registration is requested at www.wjcouncil.org. This event is sponsored in part by the Morris & Sylvia Trachten Family Foundation. For more information about the event, including information on becoming a vendor, visit www.wjcouncil.org or contact Westchester Jewish Council Assistant Executive Director Pam Goldstein at pam@wjcouncil.org  (914) 328-7001.


The Westchester Jewish Council connects Westchester’s Jewish communities and strengthens relationships among Jewish organizations and other ethnic and faith based groups, elected officials, Israel and the community at large. The Westchester Jewish Council is a proud Core partner of UJA-Federation of New York. For more information about the Westchester Jewish Council, visit online at www.wjcouncil.org