Second annual WJMF in the Park is fun for kids and adults

A crowd dances to the Michael Winograd’s Klezmer ensemble /photo taken by Rachel Mauro

The 15th Washington Jewish Music Festival is winding down this weekend, hopefully with better weather than we’ve seen these last few days. I’m fortunate enough to have attended on a balmy day last Sunday, which was more important than usual because it was an outdoor event. I dropped in for the last hour of WJMF in the park (Francis Field, to be exact.)

Primarily geared toward children, the event included an inflatable slide and bouncy castle, plus a tented off area of arts and crafts. Musical groups Josh and the Jamtones, The Mama Doni Band, and Michael Winograd’s Klezmer ensemble performed; I was lucky enough to catch the last act. Near the stage, a small but lively crowd danced, and the music carried all the way across the park, bouncing off of nearby buildings. It was pretty cool to hear Jewish music filling up a big, public space in DC. Really made it feel like a cultural pride festival, and it was a fun way to spend the afternoon.

The event was co-sponsored in part by Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Ohev Sholom, and PJ Library. The Elona Ruth Shaffert Fun, to support WJMF in the park in honor of a former DCJCC employee, is being established.

The festival concludes this Saturday. Click here for more information.