Anshe Sfard Revere Road Synagogue was packed with attendees seeking fun at the Akron Jewish Family Festival on Aug. 21. The event was moved inside to the Bath Township synagogue due to rain.
Festivities included a vendor gallery with booths set up by artists, collectors, small businesses and area Jewish organizations. Entertainment was provided by Rogers Park Band, which was formed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014 by Mordy Kurtz and Yosef Peysin. The pair grew up together in Chicago and named the band after their neighborhood. Peysin and his wife, Dr. Chana Wircberg, moved to University Heights last year. He serves as director of youth engagement at the Friendship Circle of Cleveland in Pepper Pike.
Additionally, Rogers Park Band was joined on stage by members of The Friendship Circle Band. Formed in 2022, the band has four members that play piano, drums, guitar and sing vocals, and is set to release its debut single “I’m Gonna Shine My Light,” which is an anthem for the Friendship Circle that Peysin co-wrote with Cleveland rapper Ari Lesser.
Efrat’s Cafe in Akron catered the event. Attendees were also able to enjoy children’s entertainment by way of balloon animals supplied by Balloons by Blake, inflatables and a stilt walker.