TODAY: Jewish Cultural Festival offers food, fun, entertainment

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

One of the Dayton area’s most popular cultural festivals will deliver socially distanced food, entertainment and education on Friday, June 11.

The Jewish Cultural Festival, organized by Temple Israel in downtown Dayton, has drawn thousands of visitors in previous years. Last year, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers decided to cancel festivities.

This year, Temple Israel has hosted the Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival as a series of drive-through events. So far, Temple Israel has hosted these events on April 16 and May 14. The next (and last) drive-through event will take place today, Friday, June 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Temple Bakery in particular will serve honey cake, which will be available for pre-order on the temple’s website. Evans Bakery will supply challah. El Meson will be the featured food truck.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Jewish holidays, rituals and traditions. During Friday’s festivities, attendees will learn more about the country of Israel. Special activity kits loaded with interactive crafts and projects that share Jewish traditions will also be handed out to the event’s youngest attendees.

During the event, music from Jewish artists will be broadcast to the car radios of attendees.

Since giving back is so important to the mission of Temple Israel, attendees are encouraged to bring an item or two donate to the House of Bread or St. Vincent de Paul.

Festivalgoers will also have the opportunity to win a special prize worth over $500 as a part of the Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival’s raffle. June’s Date Night in Dayton Package will include gift cards and items from Beavercreek Florist, Butter Cafe, Eye-Mart, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, First Florist, McAlister’s Deli, Rose Music Center at The Heights, Tru by Hilton and Winan’s Chocolates. Raffle tickets are $5 for 1, $10 for 3, $20 for 7 or $40 for 14 and can be purchased by visiting Temple Israel’s website.

Those interested in purchasing 2021 Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival commemorative gear, like sun catchers, t-shirts and cleaning cloths, can pre-order on Temple Israel’s website and pick up their purchased items at the event.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam


What: 2021 Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival

Where: Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton

When: Friday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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