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Rita Gallin jokes around with Moses (Chris Jessup) at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

'Thank you for today': Jewish Heritage Festival brings culture, gratitude to Ormond

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Rita Gallin jokes around with Moses (Chris Jessup) at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Festival president Jeffrey Bigman (second from left), pose with fellow opening ceremony participants, festival volunteers and organizers. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Festival president Jeffrey Bigman (second from left), pose with fellow opening ceremony participants, festival volunteers and organizers. Photo by Michele Meyers

Mistress of Ceremonies Cantor Nina Fine sang the United States and Israel national anthems during the opening ceremonies for the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Mistress of Ceremonies Cantor Nina Fine sang the United States and Israel national anthems during the opening ceremonies for the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

AFJROTC Cadet Major Allen waits with the Mainland High School color guard prior to presenting the colors at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

AFJROTC Cadet Major Allen waits with the Mainland High School color guard prior to presenting the colors at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

One of two Shofar blowers, Murray Steinberg (left), waits to take the Jerusalem Stage that was dedicated to musician Lynn Goldovitz. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

One of two Shofar blowers, Murray Steinberg (left), waits to take the Jerusalem Stage that was dedicated to musician Lynn Goldovitz. Photo by Michele Meyers

The Mainland AFJROTC color guard presents the colors at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

The Mainland AFJROTC color guard presents the colors at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Debbie Kruck-Forrester-Ormond Strong, Marvin Miller-President of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Sheriff Michael Chitwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Debbie Kruck-Forrester-Ormond Strong, Marvin Miller-President of the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties, Sheriff Michael Chitwood. Photo by Michele Meyers

Rabbi S. David Kane leads everyone in the Gratitude Prayer at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Rabbi S. David Kane leads everyone in the Gratitude Prayer at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood and Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey. Photo by Michele Meyers

Shofar blower Roberto Mendez. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Shofar blower Roberto Mendez. Photo by Michele Meyers

Debbie Kruck-Forrester, Ormond Strong. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Debbie Kruck-Forrester, Ormond Strong. Photo by Michele Meyers

"Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl performs at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

"Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl performs at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

"Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl performs at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

"Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl performs at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Kids enjoy the bounce houses provided by Florida Bounce Party at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Kids enjoy the bounce houses provided by Florida Bounce Party at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Artist Alex Webb sold his first framed artwork to Dean Smith at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Artist Alex Webb sold his first framed artwork to Dean Smith at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Gili's Kitchen of Jacksonville serves fresh, Kosher food to the line of festival goers. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Gili's Kitchen of Jacksonville serves fresh, Kosher food to the line of festival goers. Photo by Michele Meyers

7th graders-Esther Manuele, Jade Benchetrit and Leah Ezagui, sold drinks at the festival to raise money for a trip to Universal Orlando. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

7th graders-Esther Manuele, Jade Benchetrit and Leah Ezagui, sold drinks at the festival to raise money for a trip to Universal Orlando. Photo by Michele Meyers

Gratitude was the theme of the Jewish Heritage Festival. Participants wrote what they were grateful for on a post it note and then received a cup of homemade chicken Matza ball soup. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Gratitude was the theme of the Jewish Heritage Festival. Participants wrote what they were grateful for on a post it note and then received a cup of homemade chicken Matza ball soup. Photo by Michele Meyers

Rabbi Levi Ezagui runs the Chabad Jewish Center in Palm Coast. He offered homemade chicken Matzah soup for those that wrote down what they were thankful for on a post-it note. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Rabbi Levi Ezagui runs the Chabad Jewish Center in Palm Coast. He offered homemade chicken Matzah soup for those that wrote down what they were thankful for on a post-it note. Photo by Michele Meyers

Israel Akbosh gave out stocks of wheat during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Israel Akbosh gave out stocks of wheat during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Elliot Tplitsky gets a little help making his Matzah during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Elliot Tplitsky gets a little help making his Matzah during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Jesiah Howard rolls out his dough during the Matzah Bakery Workshop at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Jesiah Howard rolls out his dough during the Matzah Bakery Workshop at the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Rabbi Asher Farkash has been teaching the Matzah Bakery Workshop for four years. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Rabbi Asher Farkash has been teaching the Matzah Bakery Workshop for four years. Photo by Michele Meyers

Elliot Tplitsky andJesiah Howard press their Matzah dough out during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Elliot Tplitsky andJesiah Howard press their Matzah dough out during the Matzah Bakery Workshop. Photo by Michele Meyers

Camel rider Kay Stanton. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Camel rider Kay Stanton. Photo by Michele Meyers

Peanut, the six year old camel, gives Kay Stanton her second ever ride on a camel. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Peanut, the six year old camel, gives Kay Stanton her second ever ride on a camel. Photo by Michele Meyers

Gordon Nichols pets the bunnies at the Noah's Landing petting zoo during the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Gordon Nichols pets the bunnies at the Noah's Landing petting zoo during the Jewish Heritage Festival. Photo by Michele Meyers

Abe Schlaffer sports a balloon hat while eating his Schmancy popsicle. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Abe Schlaffer sports a balloon hat while eating his Schmancy popsicle. Photo by Michele Meyers

August Schlaffer models his freshly painted skull face. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

August Schlaffer models his freshly painted skull face. Photo by Michele Meyers

My Homeys Gourmet Hamantaschen. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

My Homeys Gourmet Hamantaschen. Photo by Michele Meyers

Owner of My Homeys, Sharon Goldish (left) and Charlotte Miller, fill orders for homemade Hamantaschen. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Owner of My Homeys, Sharon Goldish (left) and Charlotte Miller, fill orders for homemade Hamantaschen. Photo by Michele Meyers

Ron Roberts gets a dance lesson from "Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

Ron Roberts gets a dance lesson from "Miriam" Judith Cornell/Aisha Shimmy Girl. Photo by Michele Meyers

The biennial Jewish Heritage Festival returned to the Casements after being canceled in 2020. Photo by Michele Meyers

Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022 |

The biennial Jewish Heritage Festival returned to the Casements after being canceled in 2020. Photo by Michele Meyers

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