Mazel tov: Jewish festival in Little Rock

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Stamp in My Passport| , , , , |

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Very few interesting things happen in Arkansas, but when you see a sign saying "Jewish Festival Next Sunday" you just go, no questions asked. Because what else do you have to do on a Sunday afternoon?

My love of Falafel started when the wonderful Lauren took our HIP group to the Marais to experience falafel alley. We sampled two different falafel stands and, personally, I liked the roasted eggplant from one but the actual falafel from the other. 

So it was decided. Sam, Clay and I quickly left church and drove to Little Rock to enjoy the likes of falafel, hummus, matzo ball soup, latkes and apple streudal. 

Besides an array of food, there was also every kind of yamaka and menorah you could imagine. And a Jewish entertainer who sang "Moses don't go smashing your idols." True story.

What made me giggle the most was the abundance of not-so-kosher Arkansas Razorback artwork. I guess even Jews enjoy a little "woo pig souie" every now and then.

{Below: People partaking in kosher food sitting beneath a pig statue. The irony is not lost on me.}


Moral of this story: If you ever find yourself in LR in May, check to see if the Jewish festival is taking place and make a beeline to River Market. It's definitely not something to miss out on. And if you want to find the other touristy things to do in LR, the Heifer building and the Clinton Presidential Library are only a few blocks away. And the best fried catfish tacos are across the street at The Flying Pig. You know, just in case you ever find yourself as a tourist in LR. You're welcome.

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