Marblehead’s Temple Sinai welcomes summer with June 11 ‘Festival on the Hill’

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Marblehead’s Temple Sinai welcomes summer with June 11 ‘Festival on the Hill’

MARBLEHEAD – Signed works by National Book Award winner Julia Glass will be featured at Temple Sinai’s “Festival on the Hill” Sunday, June 11.

Glass, who lives in Marblehead, is the author of “Three Junes” and Vigil Harbor.” These and her other books will be for sale at the festival, along with the work of New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe, who will be signing books in person, and of several other authors.

The free festival, from 12 to 4 p.m., will feature a variety of activities for people of all ages. This outdoor event will have live music and art by local professionals and emerging artists, creative activities for children, lots of great food, and an opportunity to meet and celebrate the season with the Temple Sinai community.

Live entertainment will include Shir Davíd, a four-piece band playing music rooted in Jewish tradition infused with reggae and world rhythms. Shir Davíd adds a contemporary edge to traditional prayers and songs, and delivers a dynamic set of sophisticated and moving original pieces.

Rabbi Michael Schwartz’s son, Yami, will lead a Berklee College of Music ensemble playing some of Israel’s timeless jazz. Rounding out the day will be Steve Tapper and Audie Bridges, a flute and guitar duo that performs both traditional and contemporary Jewish music.

The North Shore Israeli Dance Group will also dance, and there will be a band performance by students from Marblehead’s Epstein Hillel School, as well a special performance by the school’s cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The schedule is as follows:
12:15 p.m.: Epstein Hillel School cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”
12:45 p.m.: Shir Davíd
1:30 p.m.: Epstein Hillel School Ruach Band
2 p.m.: Yami Schwartz and Friends
2:30 p.m.: North Shore Israeli Dance Group
3 p.m.: Steve Tapper and Audie Bridges

Featured artists include nationally recognized ceramicist and potter Tamar Forman; Seaweaves Jewelry; the Afghan Women’s Workshop from the New American Center; the Knitting Club of Temple Sinai, and members of the Swampscott Arts Association.
The New American Center is just one of the many entities supported by Temple Sinai’s social action committee. The Temple Sinai Knitting Group creates artful and colorful hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and teddy bears for young children to hug and hold. The organizations that benefit are Project Linus. which cares for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need; Lifebridge, which works to meet the most urgent needs of the homeless on the North Shore; and other local homeless shelters, which distribute the knit items to people in need.

Temple Sinai is located at 1 Community Road, Marblehead. More information on www.templesinaiweb.org.

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