Jewish Cultural Festival 2015
Sunday, June 7 • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Orange Star JCF LogoThe Jewish Cultural Festival returns to Temple Israel on Sunday, June 7. The entire community—both Jewish and non-Jewish –is invited to share our traditions and learn about us and our faith.

We have expanded our offerings this year to include additional entertainment for your listening and viewing pleasure,  an Israeli-themed petting zoo, more education sessions in new areas of interest  and the Inaugural Oy Vey 5k run/walk.  Here is a highlight of what is to come:

Learning: Lively and interactive education topics will center around specific aspects of Jewish culture, including food and cooking, Jewish athletes, Israeli responses to terrorism, unique and interesting Jewish ritual objects, and what it means to be a Jew.  The festival’s Mitzvah Alley will focus on the Gift of Life bone marrow registry and other interfaith outreach efforts and successes.  There will also be opportunities to learn about going “green” and supporting our environment.

Main stage entertainment will showcase great music and dance, featuring folk, rock and roll, klezmer, Broadway music of Jewish songwriters and performers, and Israeli folk dancing.  The music headliner is the Cincinnati Klezmer Project and our dance headliner is the Shimmy Cats Dance Troupe. Check out our entertainment page for the complete schedule!

El Meson, Pasha Grill, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, and Bernstein’s Catering please the palates with Jewish foods in the style of their own menus, including falafel, brisket, hummus, Jewish deli, and some vegetarian twists on authentic cuisine.  Our bakery will supply the challah, rugellah, honey cake, hamantaschen, mandel bread, and Passover brownies.  Graeter’s Ice Cream can also complete your meal with one of their delicious (kosher) flavors!

What could be better…for adults…than a cold kosher craft beer on a hot afternoon.  Patrons can sample hand-selected brews direct from Schmalz Brewing Company, including He’Brew, Madtree, and Ace.  For non-drinkers, an assortment of Dr. Brown’s sodas, a favorite in Jewish delicatessens, will be on hand.

Kids will have a hands-on experience at our Israeli-themed petting zoo (including a camel!) and other crafts and activities about the state of Israel.  

An open-air market full of local artisans and entrepreneurs will have Jewish and Israeli arts and crafts for purchase.  


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