Jewish Cultural Festival 2017
Sunday, June 11 • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Orange Star JCF LogoThe Seventh Annual Jewish Cultural Festival will return Temple Israel on Sunday, June 11. The entire community—both Jewish and non-Jewish –are invited to share our traditions and learn about us and our faith.

We will be expanding 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.  

More information will be posted as details for the 2017 event become available.

2016 Highlights:

Learning: Lively and interactive education topics that expanded your mind on various topics of Judaism and Israel.  Speakers at our session were local and regional experts on their topics.  And don’t worry, there will be time for all of your questions.  The festival’s Mitzvah Alley focused on organizations in our area that help those with disabilities and provide opportunities for inclusion.  There were also be great opportunities to learn about going “green” and supporting our environment from a Jewish perspective.

Main stage entertainment showcased great music and dance, featuring folk, rock and roll, klezmer, Broadway music of Jewish songwriters and performers, and Israeli folk dancing.  INDYKLEZ headlined the outdoor stage with additional performances by the Dayton Jewish Chorale, Miami Valley Music Men, Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite, and the Shimmy Cats dance troupe.  

El Meson, Pasha Grill, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, and Bernstein’s Catering pleased palates with 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, rugellah, honey cake, hamantaschen, and mandel bread.  Graeter’s Ice Cream completed the 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 sampled hand-selected brews direct from Shmalz Brewing Company, including He’Brew, Madtree, and Ace.  For non-drinkers, an assortment of Dr. Brown’s sodas, a favorite in Jewish delicatessens, were on hand.

Kids and families had a hands-on experience at our Israeli-themed petting zoo (which included a camel!), had a chance to climb the (inflatable) Mt. Masada, and flaunt their creativity with other crafts and activities.  

The open-air 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.  Have something to sell at the event?  Register as a vendor online.

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