Jewish celebration at lake draws hundreds

Children enjoyed Jewish games and treats as well as performances, magic shows and crafts at Ramsey Creek Park last Sunday.

Adults browsed vendors of Judaica from specialty food to art and performances by the Baal Shem Tones and singer-songwriter Batsheva.

It was all part of the third annual Shalom Lake Norman Festival at the park in Cornelius. About 500 people attended, organizers said.

The festival is sponsored by the Jewish Council of Lake Norman, which consists of Beth Shalom of Lake Norman, Lake Norman Jewish Congregation, Congregation Emanuel of Statesville, Chavurah and Hadassah, with support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte.

"The Jewish community in Charlotte is spread apart; people aren't all in one place. So part of the reason for the festival was to bring people together," said Stew Eisberg, who attended.

For children who may not know many other Jewish children where they live or in school, he said, "It gives the kids a little cultural sense that there are other people who believe in the same things you do."