The Shared Sound Festival takes place in New Orleans’s twin city, Rosh Ha’ayin.

March 2016
By: Berry Davis, The Jerusalem Post

The Jewish Agency has maintained a busy activity schedule since its establishment more than 80 years ago, including acting as the de facto government of the Jewish Yishuv prior to 1948. For some years now it has been busy nurturing bonds with Israel among members of Jewish communities around the globe through its Partnership2Gether initiative – formerly Partnership 2000 – which twins towns in Israel with Diaspora communities.

Rosh Ha’ayin’s US counterpart is New Orleans, known as the birthplace of jazz. For the past four years, that confluence has spawned the Shared Sound Jazz Festival, the fifth edition of which will take place in Rosh Ha’ayin on April 5 and 6. The festival musical purview has gradually expanded over the years beyond the strictly defined boundaries of the titular genre, with fiery pop-rock singer Margalit Tzan’ani in this year’s lineup, as well as veteran singersongwriter Yoni Rechter, who will front a large combo.