Fes­ti­val comes to sy­n­a­gogue

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY STEPHANIE BRICKMAN

THERE WERE fringe ben­e­fits for Ed­in­burgh Jewry as 300 peo­ple turned out for the an­nual Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val open day at the lo­cal He­brew con­gre­ga­tion’s Sal­is­bury Road premises.

They en­joyed per­for­mances from fes­ti­val stars from Israel, Canada and New Zealand.

Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Dean Fried­man dropped by un­ex­pect­edly to play his best-known songs — Lucky Stars and Ly­dia.

Daniel Cainer had the au­di­ence roar­ing with laugh­ter at an ex­tract from his Jewish Chron­i­cles show.

Equally mirth-in­duc­ing was a snip­pet of co­me­dian Ben­nett Ar­ron’s “Jewelsh” rou­tine about about be­ing Jewish and Welsh.

Also fea­tured was con­gre­gant and event or­gan­iser David Neville’s own fes­ti­val pro­duc­tion, Kad­dish for Pin­ter.

“It was won­der­ful to have such a mix of tal­ent and en­ergy in our shul hall — and for the eighth year run­ning,” Mr Neville said.

Au­di­ence num­bers were swelled by a coach-load of Glas­gow Jewish com­mu­nity mem­bers and many non-Jewish lo­cals, who also en­joyed tours of the sy­n­a­gogue led by Rabbi David Rose and David Gold­berg.

Daniel Cainer (left) and David Neville

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