Jewish Cultural Festival

Jewish Cultural Festival

Jewish Cultural Festival at Temple Israel creates opportunities for all who wish to learn more about Jewish traditions, history, customs, and faith.

Event details

Address: 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton, OH 45405 [Map/directions]
Event has passed (Sun, Jun 11 2023)
* this page may be updated if event is repeated in the future *
Cost: FREE

Jewish Cultural Festival

Temple Israel's Jewish Cultural Festival, set for Sunday, June 11, 2023 opens the door to Judaism for all who wish to learn more about our traditions and our faith.  In past years, over 2000 people turned out to enjoy music and stories, learn about rituals, Torah, and holidays, taste brisket and falafel, play games, shop for crafts and Judaica, dance and laugh. With our friends from all faiths, we enjoy a beautiful day at Temple and learn that we have a lot in common. 

The Festival involves more than 150 Temple volunteers, who serve food, perform, lead tours or explain holidays, answer questions, and proudly welcome friends and newcomers to share a Jewish experience.

2023 Highlights

EDUCATION: The lively and interactive education sessions feature prominent local and regional speakers and topics for each presentation will focus on diversity in the Jewish community.  Everyone will also have the chance to tour Temple’s building with a knowledgeable guide.

ENTERTAINMENT: Non-stop entertainment features Jewish music, humor, dance, and stories.  The outdoor stage will be live with special performances from your local and regional favorites, including the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra.  All music lovers will enjoy this eclectic mix.

FOOD AND DRINKS:  The Festival menu will showcase the diverse options of foods of the Jewish diaspora - the foods of Jewish communities worldwide.  Partners include Graeter’s Ice Cream, El Meson, Brock Masterson's Catering, and more.  The Temple bakery, partnering with Ghostlight Bakery, will return with delicious baked goods including rugelach, hamentaschen, almond cookies, honey cake, and challah.  Dayton Beer Company will delight again with an array of offerings from their local taps.  We will also have soda and water available for sale.  (Please note food and drink purchases are cash only.)

CHILDREN:  Activities, interactive hands-on projects, and a petting zoo will entertain and educate children of all ages.  Everyone will also get a special craft project to take home!

CRAFTS:  An open-air market showcases Jewish and Israeli arts and crafts, including woodworking, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and accessories from local and regional artisans.

GIVING BACK: This year, we are focusing charitable efforts on literacy, human trafficking, and mental health by partnering with a few local non-profit organizations to maximize our impact in the community.

Temple Israel

Jewish Cultural Festival is taking place at Temple Israel, which is located at 130 Riverside Drive in Dayton. Temple Israel - Temple Israel is proud to be the largest Reform congregation in greater Dayton.

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