Temple Israel’s Jewish Cultural Festival June 9

Temple Israel will host its annual Jewish Cultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, June 9. This year’s food/drink vendors are Brock Masterson’s, Greek Street Food Truck, Graeter’s, Temple Israel’s bakery, Blue Bus Coffee Roasters, and The Dayton Beer Co.

Entertainment includes The Flying Klezmerians, Mary “Mahira” Rogers with Steve Wyke and Marc Gilbert, the Shimmy Cats, trumpeter and singer Dean Simms as Louis Armstrong, the Dayton Jewish Chorale, and the Dayton Metro Barbershop Chorus.

The children’s area, near the open-air vendor marketplace, will include a petting zoo, stories, games, and crafts. Israeli artist Moshe Monzon will sell his jewelry and Judaica at the festival.

The schedule of speakers inside the temple includes:

• Cincinnati JCRC Assistant Director Jeremy Spiegel, Evolution of Hate: Antisemitism in Higher Education, 12:30 p.m.

• Associate Rabbi Tina Sobo, Timeless Jewish Values in Contemporary Jewish Life, 2 p.m.

• University of Cincinnati Assoc. Prof. of Judaic Studies Jennifer Caplan, Jews and Humor, Why Does it Matter? 3:30 p.m.

• Senior Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Ancient Rites, Innovative Rituals, 5 p.m.

Nonprofits at this year’s Mitzvah Alley are Access to Excess, Closet TRANSformation, Our Farm Sanctuary, PFLAG Dayton, LiFeline Cat Rescue, and the Dayton JCRC Upstander program.

The festival is held at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Dr., Dayton. Admission is free. For details, click here.

To read the complete June 2024 Dayton Jewish Observer, click here.

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