SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020 11AM – 7PM

Celebrating 10 years of the Jewish Cultural Festival!  

Here are some highlights for the 2020 event:

Expanded offerings include additional entertainment for your listening and viewing pleasure, an interactive petting zoo, more education sessions in new areas of interest, and the Sixth Annual Oy Vey 5k run/walk.  

The lively and interactive EDUCATION SESSIONS feature prominent local and national speakers. Topics will focus on Jews and Sports, Jewish comedy, lessons from the Holocaust, comparative Judaism, and influential Jewish women.  The festival’s Mitzvah Alley will highlight social service agencies in the area that engage in values important to Judaism and to Temple Israel.  In addition, attendees will have a chance to participate in a hands-on mitzvah project that directly benefits one of the agencies represented.




Non-stop  ENTERTAINMENT features Jewish music, 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 The Boxcar Suite rocks 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.  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, and Bernstein’s Catering offer 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!?  Patrons can sample hand-selected brews direct from the Dayton Beer Company.  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 craft at JCFKIDS AND FAMILIES enjoy a hands-on experience at our interactive petting zoo.  Owls, frogs, hedgehogs, and more – 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?  Contact Rachel Evans to inquire about space.)

Want to see more? Check out our photos from 2019 on Facebook.  

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