ShalomFest 2019/2020

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Temple Israel’s ShalomFest for the Next Generation

Twenty five years ago, the leadership of Temple Israel came up with an idea to showcase Jewish life to the greater Tulsa community.  The idea was to expose and educate the Tulsa community on Jewish life.  The aim was to highlight traditions, rituals, music, and foods in such a way as to demystify Judaism and share its blessings with all.  That is precisely what Temple Israel has done for the past quarter century.

In keeping with this theme, after twenty five years of incredibly successful ShalomFest events, we have decided to take a new approach to Temple Israel’s ShalomFest.  Jewish life exists in more than just one afternoon each year; the calendar of holidays and traditions ebbs and flows throughout the seasons of the year.  As we are stepping into a new generation for Temple Israel’s ShalomFest, we look to engage Tulsa.

Envisioning Temple Israel’s ShalomFest for a new generation has not been an easy task, and will likely continue to evolve over the coming years.  As a means of streamlining, while providing more opportunity and more variety, the Temple Israel ShalomFest brand is growing into multiple events.  In the coming months, Temple Israel’s ShalomFest will consist of three events.

The first event will coincide with the end of the Jewish High Holy Days, and our annual harvest festival.  Sukkot, or the “Festival of Booths” begins at Sundown on Sunday, October 13.  In preparation for this week-long Festival, Temple Israel looks to the greater Tulsa Community to help us in creating our Sukkah, booth, and welcoming in the holiday.  Join Temple Israel on Sunday, October 13, from 12:00-3:00pm as we decorate our congregation’s autumn festival booth. 

Temple Israel’s ShalomFest Sukkah Build and Lawn Party

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 12:00-3:00pm

With a new vision for Temple Israel’s ShalomFest, we will welcome the public to help decorate our sukkah with family friendly activities and all sorts of lawn games.  Temple Israel’s Sisterhood Judaica Shop will be open for all your Jewish shopping needs.  Temple Israel’s Clergy Team will provide engaging learning opportunities in the sanctuary.

Temple Israel’s ShalomFest will continue in December, during the winter holidays, as we welcome the greater Tulsa community to come out and participate in celebrating our first night of Hanukkah.  Located just off of Utica Square, where the holiday festivities will already be in full swing, Temple Israel will be hosting a First Night Hanukkah Celebration on our front lawn!

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Temple Israel’s ShalomFest Hanukkah Party

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 4:45-5:45p.m.

On the first night of Hanukkah, as the sun is setting, we will have a first night lighting of a large hanukkiah, holiday candelabra, on the front lawn.  Winter holiday treats and hot beverages will be provided.  The stories and songs of Hanukkah will be shared, and there will even be a bit of a Hanukkah special treat for the children in attendance!

And we are not finished yet!  Temple Israel’s ShalomFest will once again reappear, as the spring awakens in Tulsa.  Temple Israel is very proud of the musical flavor in Tulsa.  We are also very attached to Jewish music.  Both of which are alive in Temple Israel!  Join Temple Israel for our spring Jewish Music Festival.

Temple Israel’s ShalomFest Jewish Music Festival

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 3:00-8:00p.m.

As the warm evenings of spring and summer approach, the Temple will host a music festival with our local Jewish artists, and Jewish musicians on the Temple lawn and in the parking lot.  We may even highlight a headlining act!  We will host activities for the kids, while food and beverage will be aplenty!

As we rethink Temple Israel’s ShalomFest for a new generation, we hope that you will come along for the journey, helping us to make Jewish life, Temple Israel, and all of Tulsa, a special place to be.

With blessings,

Rabbi Michael Weinstein

Temple Israel

2004 East 22nd Place

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

Temple Israel

2004 East 22nd Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114

(located just behind Utica Square)