Schedule on the Jerusalem Stage:
10:00 Welcome & Introduction – Cantor Nina Fine, Jewish Heritage Festival Host
Authentic Jewish Music Provided by Bernard “Bud” Gropper
10:30 Miriam – A creative interpretation of our Jewish matriarch, our original tribal dancer
10:50 Introduction of Grand Sponsor & Corporate Sponsors
11:00 Opening Ceremonies, Jeffrey Bigman, Festival President
Greetings: Local Dignitaries
Presentation of the Colors – Mainland High School AFJROTC Color Guard
Major Michael J. Miglioranzi, Instructor
Pledge of Allegiance
USA & Israel National Anthems: Cantor Nina Fine
Introduction of Local Rabbis & Synagogues
Introduction of Marvin Miller, President of Jewish Federation of Volusia/Flagler
Gratitude Prayer: Rabbi S. David Kane
Official Opening: Jeffrey Bigman, Festival President
Shofar Blowing to let the Festivities begin: Murray Steinberg, Robert Mendez
11:30 Rabbi Bruce Benson – “Creative Jewish Music from Rock, to Jazz and Beyond”
12:20 J. Aisha Cornell as Miriam
12:40 Introduction of Biblical Characters
1:00 Goldovitz and Friends – “In Hebrew, Yiddish and a Touch of English”
2:00 Jubilation – “Peace, Love and Harmony”
3:00 Goldovitz and Friends
2021 Festival Acts Appearing On Stage:
Master of Ceremonies
Cantor Nina Fine
Prior to becoming a cantor in 2016, Cantor Nina Fine was a professional vocalist. She has graced the stage in some of the nation’s most prestigious venues including: Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, City Center, Symphony Space, The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, The Mann Center, The Kennedy Center and The National Cathedral.
She currently works as a freelance Cantor and Educator at six different synagogues in the Orlando area, including Temple Beth El/Temple Israel in Ormond Beach! She conducts personalized inclusive life cycle events and runs an independent online Hebrew School for unaffiliated families. Cantor Fine’s purpose is to bring Joy to Judaism!
Two guitars and four part harmony vocals including traditional Jewish songs, some with new melodies, as well as pop, gospel, folk, country and blue grass
Rabbi Benson is a critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated composer and musician who has played and recorded with Kenny G and with Clarence Clemmons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Goldovitz & Friends
Authentic and gutsy, their Klezmer style and Jewish music will both charm and excite you with their variety of lyrics and sounds
J. Aisha Cornell as Miriam
A dancer & choreographer with international credits, Aisha’s resume in both Theater and Dance include performances for Disney, Regent Cruise Lines, Busch Gardens, 1001 Nights (Toronto), Riverside Theater and The Moulin Rouge (Budapest).