Columbus Jewish Arts and Music Festival
For the second year, the sounds of violins, guitars, and singing will echo from wall to wall in annual Columbus Jewish Arts and Music Festival at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus on Sunday, September 17.
In an event open to the community, free musical performances will entertain guests of all ages starting at 12:00 p.m. in the lobby of the JCC, culminating in a
ticketed gala concert at 7:00 p.m. featuring international Jewish folk singer Svetlana Portnyansky with Columbus-based violinst Arkadiy Gips and guitarist Alex Gordez.
Gips, with his sister Mira Axelrud, is the driving force behind the event.
“It was our dream,” said Axelrud, “We came to America in 1994 and were trying to become part of this community. We didn’t know the language well, but we knew music. Music is a language for everybody.”
The pair wanted to create a music festival that brought together everyone in the community to celebrate Jewish music and culture. This year’s festival will highlight Jewish music from the theater. Read more