WELCOME TO JACOB’S LADDER FESTIVAL
Jacob’s Ladder Festival is a unique and super friendly musical and social event for lovers of all aspects of folk music from Bluegrass to World music, from Irish jigs to Country Rock, from Blues to Bagpipes.
The Festival which had been held at Kibbutz Ginosar twice a year from 2003 to 2019 has switched to a one day festival held once a year at the Pastoral Hotel in Kibbutz Kfar Blum.
Most of the music will be in the Opera Hall. On Saturday early morning and at midday, weather permitting, other activities such as a guided walk, Jam sessions, Tai Chi/Chi Kong, a craft fair and children’s activities will be held outside.
THE NEW JACOB’S LADDER FESTIVAL FORMAT
Logistics, economic issues, excessive demands from authorities and a changing reality, led us to change the format to a smaller indoor festival and to find a new venue. The format is similar to the traditional Winter festival, an amazingly friendly musical and social event for 500 people.
After much consideration, we chose the delightful and extremely popular Pastoral Hotel at Kfar Blum for our venue. We are sure you are going to love the rooms, the food, the superior stage, the lawns, and the locality close to the Jordan river in one of the most beautiful areas in Israel.
To keep the prices down, we asked the hotel to permit a one-night weekend (Friday till Saturday afternoon.) This is only possible at certain times of the year. Our future festivals will depend on dates that we can negotiate with the Pastoral Hotel.
TICKETS and accommodation
People with rooms onsite will pay for their tickets together with their room bill at Check out.
People who do not have rooms onsite must order tickets before the festival via the Festival website.
The PASTORAL HOTEL tends to be filled up several months before the festival. The hotel is reserved exclusively for Jacob’s Ladder and therefore online reservations are not possible. To reserve a room or to join the Waiting List please call 04.6836611
Many places in the nearby vicinity offer accommodation including Kfar Blum Hostel great for groups or families 04.6948608 (7 minutes’ walk from the hotel), Neve Karni Camping at nearby Kibbutz Amir 052-3793377 (20 minutes’ walk from the festival), Gonen Holiday Village 04.6955220 (12 minutes’ drive) and the Thai Holiday Village 04.6883040 (33 minutes’ walk/4 minutes’ drive).
Jacob’s Ladder Festival takes no responsibility for the level or condition of the above-mentioned alternative accommodation.
SPRING FESTIVAL 1976-2019 This annual event which started at Kibbutz Machanayim, took place in many different venues for 43 years. It began as a one night happening for English speaking immigrants and volunteers and developed over the years into an international three-day extravaganza for people of all ages at Nof Ginosar.
The Jacob’s Ladder annual indoor WINTER FESTIVAL (2004 -2019) was last held at Nof Ginosar in December 2019 before the covid outbreak.
The festival was postponed twice thru 2020 and 2021 because of Covid.
The festival continues to be organized by the founders, Yehudit and Menachem Vinegrad.
Menachem is the Main Stage MC and is responsible for finances and Ticket sales
Yehudit is responsible for logistics, program, staff, and activities at the festival.
Both are involved in contact with musicians, coordinating Sound and Concert facilities, advertising and welcoming the audience.
In addition, Menachem presents a weekly radio program of World Music on Radio Upper Galilee 105.3 FM