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This Saturday Night: The Second Annual Netivot Shalom Music Festival!

The Second Annual Netivot Shalom Music Festival is this Saturday, January 9, 7-10:30 pm in Berkeley, with 10 talented groups performing klezmer, jazz, Middle Eastern, acoustic folk, cantorial, choir, gospel and broadway. Tickets only at the door, $15 adult and $5 youth/teens. Light dinner food, scrumptious desserts, and sangria/beer available for sale, plus a raffle with many exciting prizes.

Performers include Cantor Jennie Chabon and Julie Batz, Cantor Sharon Bernsein, Rabbi Menachem Creditor of Shirav, the Grammy award winning Pacific Boychoir, John Erlich of Za'atar, the Kol Truah Choir with Cantor Pam Sawyer, the NS Jazz-Klez Band with Rabbi Stuart Kelman, the NS Teen Singers, "The Way" Gospel Band, and the Nagila Klezmer Ensemble. More info at community@netivotshalom.org (Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley)

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