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Baseball, klezmer music and kosher hot dogs

The KlezShpilers, from left to right: Galina Metelitsa, Sandy Bernstein, Carolyn Bernstein, Natan Stempler, founder and lead singer, Walter Mamlok and Nathan Fischer.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Yard Goats 

HARTFORD – Baseball fans from the Springfield and Worcester Jewish communities travelled to Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Sunday, Aug. 4 for Jewish Heritage Night. Natan Stempler and his band The KlezShpilers, accompanied by Natasha Ulyanofsky on keyboards, welcomed fans as they walked into the stadium with an hour-long set of klezmer songs.

The KlezShpilers performing for fans coming into Dunkin’ Donuts Ballpark. From left to right: Sandy Bernstein on percussion, Lead Singer Natan Stempler, Nathan Fischer on accordion, Natasha Ulyanovski on keyboard, Walter Mamlok on clarinet, Carolyn Bernstein on clarinet, and Galina Metelitsa on accordion.

The band later played “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, from home plate – “I was told by many friends that we made history singing the Israeli National Anthem for the first time ever in any ballpark in Connecticut!” Stempler told the Jewish Ledger.

Before the game started, the Jewish War Veterans assisted with the presentation of the American flag. The Crown Market sold kosher hot dogs and pastrami sandwiches and the Jewish community was welcomed to the game on the scoreboard and by the announcer. It was a home run for all Jewish baseball fans!

Main Photo: Members of Sinai Temple in Springfield enjoyed Jewish Heritage Night at the Hartford Yard Goats.

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