Sunday, June 10, 2018 
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Eighth Annual Jewish Cultural Festival returned to Temple Israel on Sunday, June 10. 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 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 Fourth Annual Oy Vey 5k run/walk.  Also, this year we are celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday!



The lively and interactive education sessions feature prominent local and regional speakers. Topics will focus on Israel, delving into the country’s formation after the Holocaust, celebration of Jewish holidays, innovation, representation in the media, and religious pluralism. The festival’s Mitzvah Alley will follow the birthday line to focus on health at any age – 1 to 70.  More information on speakers and collaborating organizations will be listed when available.




Non-stop  ENTERTAINMENT features Jewish music, humor, dance, and stories. The outdoor stage will be live with special performances! The Dayton Jewish Chorale brings their soulful voices with classic and contemporary interpretations of Jewish and Israeli folk tunes.  The Miami Valley Music Men bring a perfect barbershop-style blend while Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite rock out with songs by Jewish songwriters and some band originals.   The Miami Valley Klezmer Ensemble will hit the stage with classic tunes from the Eastern European klezmer tradition with a few hits of Israeli folk melodies.  To spice things up, the Shimmy Cats dance troupe will entertain with ethnic dance of the Middle East.  All music lovers will enjoy this eclectic mix, with both an indoor and outdoor stage. 



What is a Festival without delicious FOOD!?  El Meson, Pasha Grill, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, and Bernstein’s Catering offers 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 supplies the delicious challah, rugelah, honey cake, hamantaschen, and mandel bread.  Graeter’s Ice Cream completes the meal with one of their delicious (kosher) flavors!



Cheers!  What could be better…for adults…than a cold craft BEER on a hot afternoon!?  (And it will be hot!)  Patrons can sample hand-selected brews direct from the Dayton Beer Company and Shmaltz Brewing.  For non-drinkers, an assortment of Dr. Brown’s sodas, a favorite in Jewish delicatessens, are on hand, in addition to water and soft drinks.



KIDS AND FAMILIES enjoy 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 have a chance to climb the (inflatable) Mt. Masada, and flaunt their creativity with other crafts and activities.  




THE OPEN-AIR SHUK (market) is 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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