SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 11AM – 7PM
The Ninth Annual Jewish Cultural Festival returns to Temple Israel on Sunday, June 2. The entire community—both Jewish and non-Jewish –is invited to share our traditions and learn about us and our faith.
We continue to expand 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 Fifth Annual Oy Vey 5k run/walk.
The lively and interactive EDUCATION SESSIONS feature prominent local and national speakers. Topics will focus on Jewish stories, traditions, and history, including a Righteous Gentile from WWII, a Torah scroll over 175 years old, the difference between the three main movements in Judaism, and ritual objects and their significance. The festival’s Mitzvah Alley will highlight social service agencies in the area that engage in values important to Judaism.
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 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 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, Bella Sorella Pizza, 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 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 Sarah Carpenter to inquire about space.)
Want to see more? Check out our photos from 2018 on Facebook.
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