Magic was certainly in the air during the inaugural Five Towns Community Sukkot Fair which took place during chol ha’moed on October 16 and 17. Thousands of people from all over the tristate area participated in the event.
Cal Nathan, president of Community Chest South Shore, one of the fair organizers, approached the Marion & Aaron Gural JCC to create a community-wide, free, family-friendly Sukkot celebration featuring headline entertainment and lots of activities for local families. Aaron Rosenfeld, Gural JCC’s CEO, said, “When Cal approached us with the idea, we immediately said yes. The JCC has a long history of providing quality events to the community and I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to continue that tradition.”
The many family-friendly, free activities made the Five Towns Community Sukkot Fair unique and special. From free face painting and a large petting zoo and the art activity center to all-day main stage music, activities were provided at no cost thanks to the generosity of Gourmet Glatt, the title sponsor of this year’s fair.
Participants of all ages enjoyed entertainment by 8th Day and NACHAS, while music by Gary Wallin Productions kept the crowd going over the two days.
“The response we received from the families who attended the fair surpassed all expectations,” Cal said. “Plans are already under way for next year.”
In addition to Gourmet Glatt and the Five Towns Jewish Times, the fair organizers wish to thank Mayor Benjamin Weinstock and the trustees of the Village of Cedarhurst, the 4th Precinct Nassau County Police Department, and the Town of Hempstead.
The organizers would also like to extend their gratitude to the many sponsors whose generosity made the inaugural Five Towns Sukkot Fair wildly successful.
Community Chest South Shore is an 85-year-old charitable organization, dedicated to supporting the local community through social-service agencies who aid and help community members. The Marion & Aaron Gural JCC has been serving the greater Five Towns community for almost 40 years with programs and services for infants as young as six weeks old to adults 100 years old and beyond.