Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Yemenite festival attracts thousands

Visitors will be flying in from New York and Los Angeles to attend this year's Timanyada, a celebration of Yemenite Jewish culture and music in Eilat - the biggest yet. The Jerusalem Post reports:

HaMori Hazaken, a tribute to the strict religious teacher to which young Jewish boys were sent in Yemen. 

The festival held annually in Eilat has grown from a small event serving a few hundred to a massive cultural event that attracts thousands of people, with some people even booking flights from New York and Los Angles just to attend.

This year, Yemeni culture will be celebrated with Yemenite costumes, traditional foods, and a special Shabbat custom called Ghala. Ghala, which is essentially a Yemenite version of the American potluck dinner, a community event in which each person brings his or her own food and the group shares each others' treats.

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