Top Ten Things at the Jewish Cultural Festival

Courtney Cummings, Music & Communications Director

This year's Jewish Cultural Festival is back in a more typical fashion for the first time in three years, and we are so excited to welcome everyone to our grounds and into our building.  We want to make sure you don't miss a thing, so here is a curated list of what we think you should do while you are here.

  1. Taste an array of delicious food. The menu at our event – brought to you by Meadowlark, Grist, Bootleg Bagels, Kosher Fare by Rochel, and Graeter’s Ice Cream – is sure to tickle our taste buds and satisfy your cravings for Jewish cuisine.
  2. Enjoy a locally crafted beer.  Dayton Beer Company joins us again to offer light, medium, and darker beer options as well as refreshing and fruity seltzers.
  3. Indulge in fresh baked goods with Jewish roots.  The Temple bakery volunteers and Evans Bakery have crafted over 3500 baked goods with dairy, parve, and gluten free options. (Don’t worry, we didn’t forget the chocolate chips!)  Watch me demonstrate how to roll rugelach with the hosts of Living Dayton.
  4. Work up a sweat before you indulge!  The Oy Vey 5k returns to an in-person race this year. Get out those running shoes and lace up for a great cause!  All proceeds benefit the Social Action Fund.  Register now.
  5. Learn something new. Inside the sanctuary, local and regional experts will touch on topics relevant to modern Judaism in our diverse world. We’ll also offer tours of our building throughout the afternoon.  See the schedule.    
  6. Take a chance to win big in the raffle. Merchants, businesses, restaurants, and other local companies have generously contributed to our raffle so that you have the opportunity to win one of 5 prize packages worth a total of over $4500. Tickets are on sale at the front gate.
  7. Delight in the sights and sounds of our performers. The outdoor stage will be filled with music and dance from some of our favorite entertainers. The Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra closes the festival at 5:00pm with a wonderfully curated set of movie music from John Williams and orchestral settings of folk tune classics.  Don’t miss their debut on our stage!
  8. Give back to our community. As Jews, the importance of giving back and supporting others in need is instilled in us at a young age. Donate wish list items to Daybreak, Crayons to Classroom, and SICSA at the event and learn more about their impact in the community.
  9. Pet some friendly animals. The children’s area will feature a petting zoo from 1:00 – 4:00pm, with all sorts of animals that children (and adults) can give some love to.
  10. Take a piece of the Festival home. Over 20 vendors will be onsite with us selling a variety of items from jewelry to Judaica to wood carvings to games. Support these small businesses and have fun shopping.

We are so grateful for all of the support from the community and from our partners.  See you on Sunday, June 12 from 11:00am - 7:00pm!

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