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Celebrate Jewish Culture

Temple Israel’s 16th annual ShalomFest.

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Special Interest | Issue: October 2009

Ginny Katz, publicity chair, invites you to enjoy a day of culture and fun on October 11 at ShalomFest.

Ready for an afternoon of culture and family-friendly free entertainment? Temple Israel’s 16th annual ShalomFest, Tulsa’s premier celebration of Jewish religion, culture, food, music and art, is coming Sunday, October 11.

ShalomFest is held on Temple Israel’s grounds at 2004 E. 22nd Pl. (immediately south of Utica Square). “This is a wonderful community event,” says Ginny Katz, ShalomFest’s publicity chair. “The food and music are always a big draw, and it’s a great chance for people to learn about Jewish culture and the Jewish faith."

ShalomFest is a huge event – 300 volunteers turn out to help each year. “We have such good cooperation with the area churches,” Katz says. “People love the event. They come back year after year.” Last year, ShalomFest drew about 1,200 people.

Each year one of ShalomFest’s highlights is its wide variety of incredible foods, including kosher hot dogs, New York-style corned beef sandwiches, cabbage rolls, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, kugel and more. A delectable assortment of baked goods includes rugelah (a cinnamon and nut pastry), macaroons, hamantaschen (a traditional cookie of the festival of Purim), and the ever-popular black and white frosted sugar cookies.

ShalomFest will feature demonstrations of Jewish events, such as a bar mitzvah, a Jewish wedding ceremony, and a Torah reading. Further information will be available in Temple Israel’s holiday room and Israel education room. Tours of the temple will be offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.  

Musical guests will include The Levites, Rebecca Ungerman, and Temple Israel’s Klezmer Band. Crafts, books, Judaica and other gift items will be available for purchase. There will be activities for the kids, too, including a Jupiter Jump, a play area, and a variety of hands-on arts and crafts.

“ShalomFest is a fun ­afternoon for the whole family,” says Katz. “Just come out, enjoy and learn.”

ShalomFest is Sunday, October 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Temple Israel or visit them on the web at

For more information, contact

Temple Israel

2004 E. 22nd Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 747-1309 

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