The 47th Annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival

This event was held on Sunday, August 20th, 2023 at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, New York from noon to 6pm.

This festival is presented by The Westchester Jewish Council in cooperation with Westchester County Parks.  We have an exciting lineup of guest performers. Keep checking back for more updates.



Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world.  A winner and four-time nominee in the Independent Music Awards for her most current release, Believe, and winner of the Global Music Awards Silver Award for Outstanding Performance by a female vocalist for the album, Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today’s best-selling Jewish artists in the world.  Neshama has been a cornerstone of major Jewish music festivals across the U.S. and globally, performing in front of thousands at countless concerts and gatherings for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. As a teenager she performed alongside her father, the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. As the first then-Orthodox woman of her generation to perform for a mixed-gender audience, Neshama has sparked public conversations with brave forays into the place of women in Judaism and today’s world. During the worldwide pandemic, Neshama was able to pivot and transform her work platform. From her home studio, Neshama performed/participated in over 350 Zoom events, ranging from fundraisers to gala events and life cycle moments where she was able to provide solace, comfort and uplifting music to communities around the world. For more than two decades, Neshama has shared her insights on various topics as an essayist. Neshama’s most current writings have been featured in various publications and widely shared on platforms worldwide and she is currently writing a memoir.  Neshama lives in New York with her husband Rabbi Menachem Creditor, and their five children.  

The Liz Queler Band

Partners in marriage and music, Liz Queler and Seth Farber are both three time Grammy nominees. As children of musical parents and parents of a musical child, they started bringing their son Joey on stage with them when he was a tot. Now, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, he has stepped in as an equal. With individual credits including appearances at Newport Folk Festival and Carnegie Hall (Liz), Saturday
Night Live (Joey) and the conducting podium of numerous Broadway shows (Seth) – they blend and
communicate as only a family can. Heavy on harmonies with influences from Appalachia, bluegrass and gospel, their music is infused with a rock sensibility, creating a soulful cross between Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Patti Griffin and John Mayer. The Queler/Farbers have eight CDs between them.  Musicians through and through, sharing thoughtful and exceptional music with the world and with each other, they’ve toured extensively and were featured on Rosie O’Donnell’s HBO special “A Family is a Family Is a Family” and the 2019 PBS tribute to Pete Seeger.

Urban Garage

Urban Garage is a program that mentors teen musicians in pop/rock genres with free monthly open mic and guided jam sessions in NYC.  
We are thrilled to feature some of their rising stars!
For more info, visit their website:

THE LEVINS, a harmony-driven folk duo

The Levins are a harmony-driven acoustic duo known for their sun-splashed, peace infused songwriting that “underscores the positive messages of love, peace and self-awareness.”  From harmony in voice to harmony for humanity, they are award-winning indie-folk songwriters that strive to uplift and unite.
Their songs have nabbed Top 10 positions on Folk and Roots DJ charts and yearly Top 10 song/album lists. They are known to bridge genres and communities, offering them unique opportunities to tour and perform. Highlights include Amsterdam Jewish Music Festival, The Parliament of World Religions in Toronto and co-producing an original full-scale musical theater/Euro-Circus production in San Francisco, based on their album, “My Friend Hafiz.”
Ira and Julia (formerly of Vocolot) are touring artists also currently serving as Spiritual Leaders of Temple Shalom, Monticello, NY and Cantorial Soloists at Agudas Achim, in Livingston Manor, NY.  They are 2023 special guest artists Family Service Leaders at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, MD and Ira just celebrated ten years as Family Service leader at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ. 
Songs, albums and upcoming events can be found at and  


Ned Gelfars, Comedy Juggler, was born in that wilderness called Brooklyn, where he first began throwing juggling balls into the air at the age of 12. Finally, at 15, he started catching them, & now, Ned rarely misses. His fast-paced & extremely funny show includes juggling, unicycling, & fire-eating, plus lots of hilarious, good-natured audience participation. Ned’s spontaneous & zany performance, often billed as “The Ned Show,” has been enjoyed in hundreds of venues by thousands of children & adults throughout the globe.

Leng has been teaching Israeli dance for over 30 years. She
has taught Israeli Dance at Solomon Schechter High School in Hartsdale, at various Hebrew Schools in the tri-state area, as well as students from Yale University at the Joseph Slifka Center.   Leng loves to share Israeli dance by performing and teaching simple dances at assisted living homes, at special synagogue community events, bridal showers, birthdays, weddings and at Bar/Bar Mitzvahs!  She recently taught 250 teenagers at a B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) event for Connecticut & Massachusetts.  You can visit her website,
for details on classes she currently offer.  She can be reached at 203.912.4086 or

Meet the Owner

Hi all! I am Brooklyn born artist who found my way to the big city where I enjoyed an incredible career as a singer/entertainer. I transitioned from performing to Head the Music Department at a Private school that my sons attended. My love for the arts led me to Facepainting and I am currently the Owner/ Lead artist at Facepainting by Maria.I have worked in the entertainment/art world for most of my life and I am grateful to be able to celebrate and create happy memories with both the young and the young at heart.Over the years I have assembled a team of professional artists in many categories of entertainment. I am fully insured and offer Face and body Painting, Special FX makeup, UV /Black light painting, Glitter/Metallic and Airbrush Tattoos, Balloon art, Henna, Caricatures, Magic shows, Tarot card readings and Fortune Tellers! We can accommodate both small and large volume private parties and corporate events. We LOVE what we do and it shows!You Dream it…We Create it!


  • 12noon…Welcome
  • 12noon-12:25…The Levins (mainstage)
  • 12:25-12:40…Israeli dancing with Leng
  • 12:40-1:10…WonderSparks (audience tent)
  • 1:10-1:25…Israeli dancing with Leng
  • 1:25-1:55…Liz Queler (mainstage)
  • 2:00-2:45…Urban Garage (mainstage)
  • 2:50-4:05…Neshama Carlebach (mainstage)
  • 4:05-4:20…Israeli dancing with Leng
  • 4:20-4:55…Ned Gelfars (plaza)
  • 4:55-5:10…Israeli dancing with Leng
  • 5:10-5:55…Kol Hazzanim Kumsitz – Cantor Melissa Puius, Cantor Gaby Schvartz, Cantor Gil Erring, Cantor Anna May, Cantor Inés Kapustiansky and Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman (audience tent) 
  • 5:55-6pm…closing announcement

The Festival will again feature a vendors/exhibitors area.  In past years we had over 55 vendors and over 2500 people in attendance.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to reach many different people in the community and our vendors will be highlighted in our email newsletter, listed on our website,, the festival page of our website, as well as being featured in the program given out at the Festival.  Please contact Pam Goldstein for pricing information.

Here are the details:  You would need to supply your own table and chairs and be at the Festival before 11:30am to set-up your designated area.  The Festival ends at 6:00 PM. 

All vendors will need to comply with any Westchester County requirements in place at the time.

Please note that food vendors have some additional requirements including a temporary food service establishment permit if you don’t already have one.

If you have any questions and to make your reservation, please contact Pam via email or phone at 914-328-7001

vendor registration form for festival 2023

2023 County Vendor Guidelinesdocx