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This year, B'nai Israel will be combining the Jewish Food Festival and the Purim Carnival into one extraordinary event: the Jewish Cultural FestivalThe event is set to take place on Sunday, March 17th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Congregation B'nai Israel (3830 NW 16th Blvd.). 
Please bring your entire family, and join us for the same delicious and authentic Jewish deli food as we celebrate the spirit and festivities of Purim!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Chavaya so you can support our Hebrew school while enjoying the festival.

  • Adult admission will be free, as all food will be sold a la carte.
  • $15 per child (12 and under): Includes access to all activities, a hot dog, chips, and a drink.
  • Laser tag available for adults at $5 per round or $15 for unlimited
Please Note
  • Food sales will continue until 1:45 p.m..
  • Deli meat will be sold by the pound on Monday, March 18th, but these packages will not be available at the event.  Reservations can be made on Sunday after 1:30 p.m. for pick up on Monday.
  • All purchases can be made via cash or credit card.  No personal checks.
Entertainment Schedule
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Performance by Klezmer Katz
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Performance by Jenny, Gainesville's Hometown Clown
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Raffle Drawing
  • 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Costume Contest
Activity Times
  • The Sun Country Gym Bus: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Laser Tag: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Available for adults at $5 per round
    • Located on the Day School fenced playground
    • Please pay at the food cashier station.
  • Raffle tickets sold until 12:45 p.m.
Ongoing Activities
  • Bounce House
  • Face Painting by Emmazing Face Painting
  • Carnival Games
    • Shushan Waterways Duck Pond
    • Haman's Bean Bag Toss
    • Rowdy Royal's Ring Toss
    • King's Can Smash
    • Bigthan's Bowling
  • Festival Shuk Including:
    • Darlene Marshall (author)
    • Gustavo Rebello of Biogera, LLC (farmer)
    • Karen Eberly of Karen's Collection (crafter)
    • My Mosaic Acres (farmer & crafter)
    • Our very own Judaica Shop
  • Raffle Prizes (tickets sold until 12:45 p.m.) Including Items from
    • The Bagel Bakery
    • Uppercrust Productions
    • Downtown Wine & Cheese
    • Art by debOrah (Deborah Cohen-Crown)
    • The B'nai Israel Judaica Shop
    • Richard Scher & Aida Hozic
    • Roz & Izzy Shever
    • Connie & Bob Stern
    • Andrew & Sophie Wasserman
Food Options
  • A la carte deli sandwiches (beef pastrami, turkey pastrami, and corned beef)
  • Hot dogs
  • Falafel
  • Hummus & pita
  • Knishes
  • Israeli salad
  • Chips
  • Chavaya-made pickles & sauerkraut
  • Sisterhood-made potato salad & coleslaw
  • Black and white cookies & hamentaschen from Uppercrust Productions
  • Rugelach
  • Wine
  • Beer from First Magnitude Brewing Company
  • Soda
  • Water
  • Juice

A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors:

Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A. Law Firm

Suzy & Gary Miller In Honor of Gabe Shanoff's Bar Mitzvah

Connie & Bob Stern

Altschuler Periodontic and Implant Center

Rehab Medicine Life Care Plans, LLC.

Ibti Hijazi Catering

First Magnitude Brewing Company

Sun Country Sports Center

Jodi & Ido Oren

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at (352) 376-1508 ext.108 or