Festival Education


Sunday, June 11, 2017 
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Knowledgeable local and regional speakers shared their expertise with you and gave an interesting perspective on Jewish life, culture, and tradition.  Lively and interactive education topics expanded your mind on various topics of Judaism and Israel.  Speakers at our session are local and regional experts on their topics, and new this year was a visitor from Israel who will speak on Jews and Christians in Israel.  The festival’s Mitzvah Alley focused on various social service agencies in our region making a positive impact on our community.  The theme was "save a life" which takes many forms in Judaism and can include people, animals, and the environment.  


Thank you to our 2017 speakers!



Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel

Judaism, Temple Israel and Our Interfaith Connections



Hana Bendcowsky, Program Director at the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations

 A Cross and a Star in Israel

in partnership with Israelity, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and Jewish Community Relations Council



Martha Moody-Jacobs, Author and Community Leader

 Headscarves and Hope: Teaching and Learning in an Arab-Israeli Village



Bushra Shahid Ahmadiyya, Muslim Community
Phyllis Pavlofsky Allen, Jewish Community
Jeanette Buehler, Christian Community

Starting the Women's Interfaith Discussion:
Building Community One Month at a Time



Rabbi Tina Sobo, Rabbi/Educator at Temple Israel

 My Jewish and Interfaith Legacy



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