Thank you to everyone who supported this event!  We can’t wait to celebrate together at our regular Jewish Cultural Festival in 2022!

2021 Taste of the
Jewish Cultural Festival

April 16, May 14, & June 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.


A Taste of Jewish Cultural Festival at Temple Israel creates opportunities for all who wish to learn more about Jewish traditions, history, customs, and faith. In past years, over 2000 people have turned out to enjoy music and stories, learn about rituals, Torah, and holidays, taste brisket, falafel and challah, play games, and learn that we have a lot in common with each other. In 2021 due to Covid-19, we have adapted our festival model in order to preserve the health and safety of attendees, while still providing a meaningful and family-friendly experience for all.

A series of three drive-thru events will take place this spring in April, May and June, each one centering around a specific holiday or aspect of Judaism and will include fresh baked goods available for pre-order. We will proudly welcome people of all faiths to share a Jewish experience with our friends, members, rabbis, and staff.

Here are some of the 2021 highlights:

FOOD:​ The Temple Bakery returns with delicious honey cake to tantalize your taste buds and immerse your mouth in the richness of these beloved Jewish desserts. In addition, Evans Bakery will offer challah each month and El Meson is our food truck partner this month.  Pre-order your honey cake and challah right now!

VIRTUAL OY VEY 5K & CHAI CHALLENGE: ​Run or walk 5k in the Virtual Oy Vey 5k this June. Or, increase your mileage with the Chai Challenge and complete 18k in June, or for the ultimate endurance feat, register for the Triple Chai Challenge, committing to 18k per month from April – June. Whatever the distance, we will be right there with you (virtually), cheering on your efforts!

EDUCATION: ​Delve into the meaning and history of Jewish holidays, rituals, and traditions at each event. Attendees will discover little known facts about Judaism as well explore the similarities and differences with other faiths. There will even be a chance to ask the rabbi your Jewish question!

CHILDREN: ​Special activity kits with interactive crafts and projects help to share Jewish traditions with our youngest attendees. These to-go boxes will also include a special puzzle to decipher, with pieces to the puzzle distributed at each event.

RAFFLE: To up the ante on the fun, each Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival event will include a raffle prize package worth over $500. In these prize bundles, you will find some of the best ways to experience Dayton and support your local businesses and vendors, while supporting Temple Israel at the same time.  Buy your tickets now!

June’s Date Night in Dayton Package (over $500 value), includes gift cards and items for a special date night from the following local businesses and merchants: Beavercreek Florist, Butter Cafe, Eye-Mart, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, First Florist, McAlistair’s Deli, Rose Music Center at The Heights, Tru by Hilton, and Winan’s Chocolates.

ENTERTAINMENT: ​Hand-selected music will feature Jewish artists in multiple genres. These tunes will be broadcast to your car radio during the event and will feature energetic and spirited performances from some of today’s most popular musicians and bands.

CHARITY PARTNERS: Giving back is important to us at Temple Israel and in June, we are partnering with House of Bread and St. Vincent de Paul.  We encourage attendees to bring an item to donate to these organizations. What better way to celebrate the gift of receiving the Torah than to help those in our community in need.  Learn more about the House of Bread and St. Vincent de Paul and see what your charitable donation can provide.  

CRAFTS & MERCHANDISE:​ Take home a piece or two of the 2021 Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival. Special merchandise including suncatchers, t-shirts, and cleaning cloths will be available for purchase during each drive-thru event to commemorate this unique year.  

We couldn’t do any of this without our amazing sponsors, partners, and volunteers!

Feeling nostalgic for normal days? Check out our photos from 2019 on Facebook.