Jewish Cultural Festival 2014
Sunday, June 8 • Noon to 6:30 p.m.


Orange Star JCF LogoTemple Israel celebrated its fourth Jewish Cultural Festival on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The entire community—both Jewish and non-Jewish –was invited to share our traditions and learn about us and our faith.

Temple had a bigger, better, more informative, more celebratory festival in 2014, which included:

Learning about the history of storytelling and folktales from our culture, survival stories of the Holocaust, answers about Jewish life, and the importance of interfaith dialogues. The festival’s Mitzvah Alley taught easy ways to incorporate “green” projects and programs into your life to help improve our community and lessen our impact on the environment.

Main stage entertainment showcasing folk, rock and roll, klezmer, and Broadway music of Jewish songwriters and performers, featuring the Cincinnati Klezmer Project and Tim Pritchard & the Boxcar Suite, Alan Halpern, Courtney Cummings, and the Hillel Academy Choir.  The fun continued with Israeli folk dancing with the Shimmy Cats Dance Troupe.

C’est Tout, El Meson, Pasha Grill, and Smokin’ Bar-B-Que reinterpreted favorite Jewish foods in the style of their own menus, including falafel, brisket, hummus and pita.  Our bakery offered challah, honey cake, hamantaschen and mandel bread.  Graeter’s Ice Cream (kosher, of course!) completed the menu!

What could be better…for adults…than a cold kosher craft beer on a hot afternoon.  Patrons sampled brews from He’Brew, Madtree, and Ace.  For non-drinkers, we had an assortment of Dr. Brown’s sodas, a favorite in Jewish delicatessens.

Children made hands-on crafts on the theme of Shabbat.

An open-air market featured Jewish and Israeli arts and crafts.  Tents and booths evoked Israeli markets. Jewish and non-Jewish artisans offered a mix of Judaica, crafts and artwork.