Jewish cultural festival returns to Winnipeg after pandemic hiatus


A week-long festival celebrating Jewish culture has returned to Winnipeg after a “pandemic-induced hiatus,” according to organizers.

The 2021 Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture kicks off Saturday at the Rady Jewish Community Center. This is the first time people can attend the festival in person since 2019.

“We are thrilled to share this with the community once again,” said Laura Marjovsky, programming manager at the center.

“What’s unique about this year’s Tarbut is that it’s a local Tarbut.”

The festival, which runs until November 20, features Manitoba musicians, speakers, films and authors.

“Showing the diversity of culture is the goal of the Tarbut Festival – showing how varied the presentations can be,” Karla Berbrayer, the festival’s producer, told CTV News.

“This year – pandemic reasons too – we decided to focus a lot more on the local side and spotlight the fabulous local musicians and broadcasters we have in our community.

People can purchase tickets for the festival by visiting the Rady Jewish Community Center website. Proof of vaccination will be required of all participants.

Darcy J. Skinner