Rabbi David Finkelstein, Executive Director of Shoresh, had a longtime dream of hosting a “Kosher Woodstock.” It finally came to fruition on Sunday, July 3, after months of planning and with the help of the Camp Shoresh staff, volunteers, and co-chairs Shani Kohen and Yona Openden. Shoresh held its first-ever Jewish Roots Music Festival on its beautiful 107-acre campus in Adamstown, MD. The fundraising event drew a crowd of over 1,000 children, teens and adults from near and far who enjoyed a day of Jewish music and family fun activities. The proceeds went towards the camp scholarship fund and while the event has passed, donations are still being accepted. Shoresh has families from a diverse set of Jewish backgrounds, many of whom had not been exposed to Jewish and Hebrew music previously.
The sunny afternoon started out with a dance activity led by Tzippy Levin of Simcha Steps, face painting, moon bounces, balloon twisting, a petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides, basketball with star Sean Mosley, and more. The world-famous musical lineup performed on multiple stages throughout the day and featured Simply Tsfat, Yoni Rock, Pinny Schachter, Moshav Band, Lenny Solomon of Shlock Rock, Joey Newcomb of #thankyouHashem fame, and Avraham Rosenblum & Ruby Harris of Diaspora Yeshiva Band. The musicians all came back on stage to sing together for a grand finale as a background to a spectacular fireworks show.
One family, who drove 4 hours from New Jersey since they couldn’t resist seeing the all-star lineup, said afterward, “the music was of course fantastic as expected, but we were impressed by so much more. From the moment we set foot on the Shoresh campus, we could feel the love and care of the environment. There were countless staff members with smiling faces eager to help us out in any way we needed. Everything felt smooth, safe, and professional. Above all, it was inspiring to be part of such a diverse group of yidden enjoying a positive and wholesome experience together. The unity on and off the stage was so uplifting. Klal Yisroel needs more events like this to bring us all together!”
We hope this is just the first of many such musical and cultural events that bring together the local and not-so-local Jewish community!