Sunday, June 11, 2017
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Seventh Annual Jewish Cultural Festival returned to Temple Israel on Sunday, June 11. The entire community—both Jewish and non-Jewish –was invited to share our traditions and learn about us and our faith.
We expanded our offerings 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 Third Annual Oy Vey 5k run/walk.
LEARNING: Lively and interactive education topics that 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 – a visitor from Israel who spoke 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.
Main stage ENTERTAINMENT showcased great music and dance, featuring folk, rock and roll, klezmer, Israeli, Broadway music of Jewish songwriters and performers, and even Israeli folk dancing. INDYKLEZ headlined the outdoor stage with classic tunes from the Eastern European klezmer tradition with a few hits of Israeli folk melodies. The Dayton Jewish Chorale delighted audiences with their melodic voices and beautiful harmonies. The Miami Valley Music Men brought a perfect barbershop-style blend while Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite rocked out with songs by Jewish songwriters and some band originals. To spice up the stage, the Shimmy Cats dance troupe entertained with ethnic dance of the Middle East. Additional local performers included Jacob McGlaun, Ryan Vallo, and Angele Price.
What is a Festival without delicious FOOD!? El Meson, Pasha Grill, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, and Bernstein’s Catering offered Jewish foods in the style of their own menus, including falafel, brisket, hummus, Jewish deli, and some vegetarian twists on authentic cuisine. The Temple Bakery supplied the challah, rugelah, honey cake, hamantaschen, and mandel bread. Graeter’s Ice Cream completed the meal with one of their delicious (kosher) flavors!
Cheers! What could be better…for adults…than a cold kosher craft BEER on a hot afternoon!? And it was hot! Patrons sampled hand-selected brews direct from Shmaltz Brewing Company, including He’Brew, She’Brew, and Ace. For non-drinkers, an assortment of Dr. Brown’s sodas, a favorite in Jewish delicatessens, were on hand, in addition to water and soft drinks.
KIDS AND FAMILIES enjoyed a hands-on experience at our Israeli-themed petting zoo. Camels, llamas, and goats – all for you and your little ones to enjoy. Kids of all ages also had a chance to climb the (inflatable) Mt. Masada, and flaunt their creativity with other crafts and activities.
THE OPEN-AIR SHUK (market) was full of local artisans and entrepreneurs, as well as special items direct from Israel, with Jewish and Israeli arts and crafts for purchase. Past vendors have included jewelry, bags, wooden wares, pottery, cosmetics, children’s toys, and artwork. (Have something to sell at the event? Register as a vendor online.)
Want to see more? Check out our photos from 2017 on Facebook.
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