The Jewish Federations of North America’s second annual gathering of its kind TribeFest kicked off Sunday in Las Vegas, attracting nearly 1,500 young Jewish adults from across the nation. The 3 days long event include celebrity speakers, hit musical acts and an all around celebration of Jewish identity and appreciation for a collective heritage and present-day connections.
High profiles attendees at the festival include New York Times bestselling author and Esquire humorist AJ Jacobs, four-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg and former “Saturday Night Live” comedienne Rachel Dratch, who is now working on a new comedy pilot for NBC and is promoting her new memoir “Girl Walks Into a Bar…”, with some help from fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler.
“Getting more involved with Jewish life is something I’m always intending to do but never actually end up doing, like reading more or cooking more at home”, said Dratch ahead of her appearance, “Tribefest was intriguing to me because it’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with all things Jewish and get back in touch with the TRIBE! Plus I bet the food is going to be awesome. Jews are known for their fabulous cuisine. Hope there will be a gefilte fish booth”.
Musically festival goers enjoyed a performance by Jewish folk rock band Moshav and popular Israeli rocker Aya Korem last night, in the midst of her American mini tour this month. Also on hand were young Israeli reggae band Hatikva 6, who performed on Sudnay’s Taglit Birthright opening evening festivities, alongside Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish producer, DJ Diwon and rapper Kosha Dillz. All helped TribeFest bring on its event in style and keep the hype going.