Festival Education


Education and Speakers

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, we have turned our festival into a drive-thru experience over three days - April 16, May 14, and June 11.  While we won't be able to welcome our favorite speakers to our sanctuary, we are still committed to sharing the vastness of Jewish history, customs, holidays, and traditions, and the importance of giving back through social action efforts.  

For our May 14 event, we are all about the holiday of Shavuot!  Learn about the holiday, the gift of receiving the Torah, the food associated with it, and more.  We'll even have some great Jewish jokes in the drive-thru line to keep you entertained as you make the rounds and visit all of the different stations.  

May Mitzvah Alley Charity Partner: The Foodbank

The Jewish Cultural Festival’s Mitzvah Alley highlights organizations in the community whose sole purpose is to help others. Mitzvah is the Hebrew word for commandment, referring to a moral deed performed within a religious duty or an expression of heartfelt sentiment as expressed in “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). As we continue with the Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival, join us as we learn about the vital services provided by The Foodbank and help our friends and neighbors to have access to healthy, nutritious food. With the gift of receiving the Torah in mind and the commandment to help those in need, we are proud to partner with The Foodbank as our Mitzvah Alley charity partner.  

Currently, over 106,000 people across The Foodbank’s tri-county service territory are food insecure. But you can help! Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome and encouraged as we work to meet the food needs of families across our community. Donated items will be packaged into boxes and distributed directly to families.

Donation Drive for The Foodbank: As you drive through the festival, please bring with you one or more of the following items, vitally needed by families in our region.  If you prefer to donate in advance, you may connect to The Foodbank’s secure donation page.  We will also accept cash donations for The Foodbank as you drive through.

Basic Foods

Hearty soups

Stews (Beef, Chicken and dumplings)


Peanut butter and jelly

Macaroni and cheese

Meat/High Protein Group

Canned meats

Canned fish

Nuts and seeds

Rice and beans

Breads, Cereals & Pasta

Hot and cold breakfast cereals

Baking mixes

Pastas and canned sauces

*Please no oversized bags of flour and sugar

Dairy Group

Evaporated milk

Powdered milk

Puddings and custards

Fruits & Vegetables

Canned fruits

Canned juices

Canned vegetables

Other Items

Cat and dog dry and canned food

Non-food household products

Paper – toilet, tissues and towels

Soap – bar and liquid

All non-perishable foods accepted     


We are truly grateful to all of our community partners and volunteers who are working hard to bring the best possible experience to all of our attendees in 2021.  If you would like to support Temple Israel, we encourage you to donate online to support our efforts to assist community members in need at this time.

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