Kfar Jewish Arts Center

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 6334 Vernon Hills IL 60061 USA

Mission: KFAR Jewish Arts Center is an independent arts organization that stimulates, promotes and produces the next generation of Jewish expression. Hebrew for village, KFAR brings artists and audiences together around vibrant arts-oriented celebrations of Jewish heritage in Chicago, creating alternative conduits to community and inspiring investigations of identity by artists and performers exploring our culture through their craft.
Geographic areas served: Greater Chicago
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

KFAR is a visionary organization which has opened my eyes (and ears) to the richness and diversity of global Jewish music beyond anything I had imagined. Adam and his supporters are committed to great music and Jewish engagment. Each stands on its own and neither is in service to the other. Introduced me to Balkan Beat Box and the Afro-Semitic Experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote fantastic music and cross-cultural events on a broader media platform, e.g. ads in print, radio and of course, have the funds to pay musicians of high caliber what they deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Kfar consistently offers programming for the Jewish community which is bold and innovative. It often stretches the old definitions of what constitutes Jewish culture. By doing so, it often engages Jews of all walks of life who might otherwise have no affiliation with their culture. Kfar events are often marked by a wonderfully mixed audience of Reform, Orthodox, Renewal and Hasidic. There are few, if any, other organizations which can draw such a mixture -- which is a testimonial for Kfar's dynamic programming.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach out with even more programming and PR muscle to reach even more Jews who desperately need to connect to their heritage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Even my generation ( age 66) gets inspired ith the upbeat presentations and energy generated by these shows. We plan on continuing to enjoy them for yeart o come. Burt Lindner

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, knowable and involved.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Kafar consistently puts on top-notch, cutting-edge events at a nice variety of Chicagoland locations. Kafar is a great organization and I always look forward to whatever is coming up next.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open and welcoming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Kfar is a treasure of an organization. Kfar brings a variety of hot talent to the young(er)Chicago Jewish community, while creating events that bring together a broad cross-section that community. Kudos!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fun, interesting musical events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

KFAR consistently promotes fun events that have introduced me to wonderful music and art that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise. These events have also been a good way for me to make more friends in the Jewish community. I didn't realize I liked klezmer until Purimpalooza this year, and Mor Karbasi is now in regular rotation on my stereo thanks to KFAR's promotion of her concert.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

positive additions to my social life and broadening of my cultural horizons

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

discovering great new music and having fun with new (and old) Jewish friends

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great people who are now good friends of mine

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support a lot of creative Jews and make many more engaged with their Jewish cultural heritage

Ways to make it better...

I understood Yiddish lyrics

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

insufficient funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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