Wednesday, October 2, 2013
This year Sukkot coincided with the South African public holiday, Heritage Day.
Since South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions, this was a good opportunity for one of South Africa's Jewish Outreach organizations to organize a concert of local soul and pop music talent to celebrate both religion and culture.
The educational and outreach organization Soul Workout organized the Soul Simcha concert. Amid the smoke of braai (barbecue) fires, performers sang in Hebrew and English. A children's choir stole the show as South Africans got an exposure to Jewish culture and music that usually appears only at weddings and bar mitzvahs.
It turned out to be a joyful family evening filled with Jewish music and Boerewors rolls – South Africa’s version of a hotdog. The event was recorded and reported on by JN1, the Jewish-interest news channel of the European Jewish Union.
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