Jewish Cultural Festival to host drive-thru event with food, entertainment

Members and non-members of the Dayton Jewish community celebrated an afternoon of traditions, faith, food, drinks and entertainment at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton, on Sunday, June 5, 2016. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
Members and non-members of the Dayton Jewish community celebrated an afternoon of traditions, faith, food, drinks and entertainment at Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton, on Sunday, June 5, 2016. (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

One of the Dayton area’s most popular cultural festivals will be serving up socially distanced food, entertainment and education in April, and twice more in the subsequent months.

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 will host the Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival as a series of three drive-thru events from 4 to 7 p.m. April 16, May 14 and June 11. Each drive-thru event will be centered around one specific holiday or aspect of Judaism, which will be represented in food, education, interactive crafts, projects, live entertainment and merchandise.

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Temple Israel, located near downtown Dayton, will hold a drive-through version of the event with food, entertainment, educational resources and a 5k race.
Temple Israel, located near downtown Dayton, will hold a drive-through version of the event with food, entertainment, educational resources and a 5k race.

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

The Temple Bakery will be serving up hamantaschen in April, rugelach in May, and honey cake in June. In addition to the baked goods, which will be available for pre-order on the temple’s website, Evans Bakery also will be baking challah for each event, and Zombie Dogz will be serving up food during the event in April.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Jewish holidays, rituals and traditions. During April’s event, attendees will learn more about Purim, a holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from a Persian empire. Special activity kits loaded with interactive crafts and projects that share Jewish traditions will also be handed out to the event’s youngest attendees.

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During each 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) to donate to the YWCA’s wish list, available at www.ywcadayton.org.

Temple Israel, located near downtown Dayton, will hold a drive-through version of the event with food, entertainment, educational resources and a 5k race.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)
Temple Israel, located near downtown Dayton, will hold a drive-through version of the event with food, entertainment, educational resources and a 5k race.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

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Temple Israel also will be bringing back its Oy Vey 5k, although this year, the race will be completed virtually by all participants. Between June 1-11, participants can choose a time to run or walk the Oy Vey 5k. Those who desire a greater physical challenge can try the Chai Challenge or Triple Chai Challenge. During the Chai Challenge, participants run or walk 18 kilometers in the month of June, while the Triple Chai Challenge will push participants to their limits with a goal of walking or running 18 kilometers in April, May and June, for a total of 54 kilometers throughout the course of the three months.

Those who want to participate in the race can register by visiting runsignup.com. There is a registration fee of $25 and the first 50 registrants will receive a free Oy Vey 5k T-shirt. Participants can also purchase a commemorative T-shirt or medal for either $10 each or $15 for the pair. All proceeds from the race will support Temple Israel’s Social Action Fund.

WANT TO GO?

What: 2021 Taste of the Jewish Cultural Festival and Oy Vey 5k

Where: Temple Israel, 130 Riverside Drive, Dayton

When: April 16, May 14 and June 11 from 4-7 p.m.

More info: tidayton.org/festival

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