Festival Education



Knowledgeable local and regional speakers share their expertise with you and give an interesting perspective on Jewish life, culture, and tradition.  Lively and interactive education topics expand your mind on various topics of Judaism and Israel.  Speakers at our session are local and regional experts on their topics.  The festival’s Mitzvah Alley focuses on various social service agencies in our region making a positive impact on our community.  

Thank you to our 2018 Speakers 



Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel

Israel and the Holocaust


2:00 Commissioner Dan Foley, City Manager Shelley Dickstein, and Lucious Plant

The Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance  (DRITA)—5 years of progress


3:00 David Ze'ev Jablinowitz, Israeli Journalist

Israeli Bus Stories: Day to Day Life in the Jewish State

 in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council


4:00 Rabbi Iah Pillsbury, Dr. Norma and Donald Stone Fellow at HUC-JIR

Gender and Judaism in the Jewish State


5:00 Rabbi Tina Sobo, Rabbi/Educator at Temple Israel

Let’s Celebrate! The Observance of Jewish Holidays in Israel (as compared to the United States)