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The Kosher Nashville Hot Chicken Festival brings foodies and music lovers together

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – This is a Nashville staple with a twist: kosher hot chicken. The teams competed for the top prize at this year’s Kosher Nashville Hot Chicken Festival.

“Teams are having a great time together getting ready, making people happy, seeing the effect of the chicken 30 seconds later,” said Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Congregation Sherith Israel.

For a town with few kosher options, there’s no shortage here.

“Overall, there aren’t a lot of options, so when you can pull out kosher hot chicken, that’s huge,” Strosberg said.

Another Nashville tradition? Live music. The event also hosted the Festival of Jewish Arts and Music.

“That is, a collection of Jewish artists, singer-songwriters, and a few bands who perform Jewish-inspired music – American/Jewish music, Jewish/American music – to celebrate Jewish culture” , said Strosberg.

It brings together around 1,000 people from all walks of life.

“It’s important for the Jewish community to have positive experiences, to come together, to show strength in numbers, to just be together,” Strosberg said. “It’s important for the non-Jewish community to see that we’re here and to integrate, to assimilate as much as possible and to bring people together.”

Being together is something Strosberg calls important in the face of rising anti-Semitism across the country.

“The idea is just to keep the conversation going, to empower people, to build friendships, relationships and that’s what we can do,” Strosberg said.

And they do it on a delicious Nashville tradition.


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