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Moshav feat. MATISYAHU to Headline Jewlicious X

The Moshav Band feat. MATISYAHU epic combination reunion will be this year’s headline act at our 10th Annual Jewlicious Festival! They rocked Jewlicious 6 and the 1st Annual Night of Unity. They are back together for our 10th. (Can you believe this – ten years???)

If you have never been to this totally Jewlicious weekend, its a combination of a conference, sleepover shabbaton, mini-music fest, and all around great winter weekender with hundreds of other Jewish young adults on a historic ship the RMS Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach harbor with ocean views and breezes.

Matisyahu will also be joining Jewlicious for the entire Shabbos.

Great other performers and speakers are booked and will be announced shortly.

Don’t miss this chance to buy your ticket packages before the prices go up on Feb. 1st! Prices from $121 for hotel, food, programming for 3 days and 2 nights. Really.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

My Turn to Host Shmuley

shmuley with camperDuring my time working on my MA at Oxford University in 1994-96, I become lifelong friends with Shmuley. He was then the Chabad Shaliach to Oxford, and he and his wife Debbie helped me and many other students to live an active Jewish life in a city not known for observant Judaism, let alone kosher meals. After I finished my degree, Shmuley asked me to work with him on the L’Chaim Society full time. We organized some huge events with speakers such as Yitchak Shamir, Diego Maradona and Boy George, just to name a few. We launched Kosher Sex in England. We had a great time, and it was a wild ride.

In those days at the L’Chaim society, we had a group of very ambitious fellow students including now Senatorial candidate, Mayor Cory Booker, and many others who have gone on to become prominent in their fields. We created Shabbat dinners that lasted for hours with memorable and sometimes hilarious speakers. Like the time the Jewish monk gave an hour monologue on why we should all convert. We downed a lot of vodka that night to say the least.

Thanks to Shmuley convincing me to stay in Oxford, I met my wife Rachel who arrived in Oxford to do her MA in Jewish Studies!

Since then, Shmuley has gone on to publish more than two dozen books, appear on TV, radio, and tour the world speaking — and making quite a name for himself. Whatever you know about Shmuley, you have to admire his ability to generate controversy that makes the Jewish establishment bristle, tackle relavent subjects, and bring passion to Judaism. He’s a great speaker and debater, and worth hanging out with for Shabbos. He has a drive and mission and is trying to bring a new way of looking at Judaism to a wider audience.

Shmuley Boteach will be speaking Friday night and on Saturday during Jewlicious Festival 9.

Learn more about Shmuley here.

Jewlicious Festival VIP Benefit Reception, March 9, 8pm

Jewlicious Festival VIP Benefit Reception is Saturday Night, March 9th, 8-9:30pm. Please join us aboard the RMS Queen Mary for an exclusive benefit reception featuring the finest kosher wine, gourmet pairings and world-class music. Enjoy this unique elegant evening in the Art Deco Royal Lounge, which benefits scholarships for attendees of Jewlicious Festival.

STAY AFTERWARDS TO ENJOY THE CONCERTS AND CASINO!

$50 Per Person Pre-Sale / $100 at the door
Eventbrite - Jewlicious Festival VIP Benefit Reception

Music Man: Detroit Jewish News Profile

Thank you Detroit Jewish News for the fantastic profile in this past week’s edition. Thank you to the article’s author Robin Schwartz, and Rabbi Jason Miller who suggested the idea.

Below is reprinted from blog.rabbijason.com.

Music Man

Jewlicious Festival Founder’s Detroit Roots

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein recalls picking up a guitar for the first time at age 10, in the late 1970s, as a Hillel Day School student growing up in Detroit’s Palmer Woods neighborhood.

His late father, Marvin Bookstein — a bluegrass musician who played six different instruments — taught young Yonah the fundamentals, opening his eyes and ears to the beauty and power of music. He spent his early years attending concerts, going to Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, and attending chamber music festivals; so it’s fitting that Bookstein, now 42, of Los Angeles is the force behind Jewlicious. The nonprofit organization hosts hip seasonal music festivals in California that attract hundreds of young Jews from across the country.

“Music unifies and inspires people,” Bookstein says. “One of the reasons I got so into creating musical events is that music was an integral part of my life as a child.”

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