Jewlicious Festival is going to be huge

poster  Jewlicious Festival is a gathering of the Tribe, a celebration of Jewnity, an innovative conference, an inspiring Shabbat experience, an event unlike any other weekend in Jewish history.

Jewlicious Festival is a mind-expanding Jewish culture fun fest! — Tahli Miller, wife of Matisyahu and JF presenter.

Jewlicious Festival is 54 hours of programming, 500+ participants, 50+ colleges and universities, dozens of volunteers, 6000 cups of coffee, hundreds of challahs, famous Jewish musicians, hot Jewish writers, Henna artists, American Apparel t-shirts, acoustic jams, crazy games, sleepover, yoga and much much more.

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Tickets are limited, so don’t delay! Tickets on sale now are early discount ticket prices that will expire on or around Jan. 31 and all include a free t-shirt.

$36 – Student Ticket – early discount, includes free t-shirt
$60 – General Ticket – early discount, includes free t-shirt
$180 – Sponsor Ticket – help Jewlicious Festival with sponsor level ticket, includes 2 t-shirts and extra concert tickets.


sundanceThe streets are lined with Escalade limos. We had to come up here to see what all the fuss was about. It definitely exceeded our expectations. Lexus has a lounge. So does Kenneth Cole. And Stella Artois has a great location, but none of the crowds that were attempting to get into the Heineken / Fred Segal lounge down Main Street. The line for Heineken went down the block. The Delta 360’s line spilled over the sidewalk, the barriers, the maze of ropes, and had stopped traffic. There is tons of traffic. Gypsy limos empty like clown cars. How do they all get into that car?
You need tags, passes, or the right tattoo to enter hip parties, unless people recognize you. They say there are movies to see also.Regardless of what Robert Redford says, it appears that the real reason so many people are here is not for the movies. Rather it is to grab gifts, to see and be seen. Oh, and promote JF4.0. Of course this is precisely why we are here in Sundance to promote Jewlicious Festival. Well, and to be seen -we are not sure by who yet.
And for the parties. At midnight the place was still crawling. Ok. I confess this Rabbi was not invited to any parties, and I certainly am not the kind of Rabbi to crash parties at midnight in Sundance. Crash a bar-mitzvah, a wedding, a bris – for sure – even a funeral. It is just not my style to demand entrance using my Rabbinic privileges or my Jewlicious flyers.We were stopped in front of the Fuze lounge, and there was this gigantic figure that stepped out of an long white limo, with a bunch of other tall folks, and they glided through the lines into the party. Turns out it was a professional basketball player and a gaggle of models.But it is not as much fun to see my fur hat as it is to see the hat of the guy who has an entire fox on his head. In reply to our question, “did you make that hat?” He replied, “Yes from my dog.” All the photos are from Rachel, who was doing duty as our own paparazzi.

We handed out cards for Jewlicious Festival 4.0, which is just around the corner. The buzz was clearly there – and it is only a matter of time before the deities of Sundance decide that we should hold Jewlicious concurrently with Sundance, and then we can turn them down, because we are not into commercialism that much.   We are pure and righteous.


Pete Seeger for Nobel Peace Prize

A noble cause.


Clearwater founder, Pete Seeger has been an ambassador for Peace and Social Justice over the course of his lifetime. As an artist and activist, his music and performance have worked to engage people in causes to end the Vietnam War, ban nuclear weapons, work for international solidarity and environmental responsibility.

Clearwater is joining the Committee to Nominate Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize to urge the American Friends Service Committee select Pete Seeger as their nominee for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.

We believe this nomination is important on merit of its three basic premises: that Pete’s lifelong integrity
provides a model for other people, that the unique grassroots process promotes a democratic approach to the
nomination, and that cultural work and cultural workers receive the respect they deserve in our society, that it is not only a medium of entertainment but of education, compassion and action.

We need your help to:
1) Sign the online petition at:
On the Homepage, click on “Sign the Petition”. On the petition page, click on “Sign this Petition” to open the signature page. There is a box at the bottom of the page with jumbled letters that you must type in correctly. If it doesn’t register, please try again.
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Ronald S. Lauder’s open letter to Olmert on Jerusalem

January 8, 2008

Dear Prime Minister Olmert,

I know I am expressing the hopes and dreams of world Jewry when I wish you success  during President Bush’s visit to Israel.  Jews all over the world are united in the hope that some day a durable peace will be reached that can provide the people of Israel with the security that they deserve.

Reports about the upcoming discussions clearly indicate that the future of Jerusalem will be a central topic under discussion. As a former Mayor of Jerusalem and defender of the Holy City you know how important Jerusalem is to the identity of the Jewish people.

Our people streamed back to their ancient capital re-establishing their majority here over 150 years ago. The words, “Next year in Jerusalem,” were on the lips of our people in the darkest days of our recent history and at our most joyous moments as well.

As you know Jerusalem is at the core of Jewish identity. And when in 1967 Jews were once again permitted to live, work, and pray in the Old City — Jews around the world rejoiced. Israel has also earned world-wide recognition for successfully guaranteeing religious freedom and security for millions of people who visit each year.

I know that given the importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people you will take into
consideration the prayers, the hopes, and the views of Jews around the world when you discuss the future of the city. Jerusalem has been both the capital of Israel and the capital of the entire Jewish people for 3,000 years. While recognizing Israel’s inherent prerogatives as a sovereign state, it is inconceivable that any changes in the status of our Holy City will be implemented without giving the Jewish people, as a whole, a voice in the decision. I can assure you that the international Jewish community will be praying for your success in these upcoming discussions.

Best Wishes,

Ronald S. Lauder
World Jewish Congress