Kansas City’s celebration of Jewish food & culture: Kosher Food, Fitness and Fun

Thank you to all who helped to make KosherFest 2014 a grand affair!

  • We fed, entertained, amused and educated over 2,300 people.
  • We had volunteers come in from Chicago, Baltimore and Charlotte just to help make our day extra special.
  • 100 children received new pedometers, many more jumped in the bounce house and had their faces painted and re-potted a plant for their gardens.
  • 100 art projects were completed by young and old alike.
  • We served up 142 plates of blintzes, 241 potato knishes, 344 cabbage rolls and 214 meat knishes.
  • Three bands had us clapping to the music and moving our feet.
  • We shopped at the thrift store, bought new items from the gift shop and meandered through vendor stalls that had us trying out new products and beautiful items for our homes.
  • We checked out the electric cars and solar energy systems.
  • We met old friends and made new ones.

We gave everyone a taste of Jewish food, culture and fun, helped strengthen the Kansas City Jewish Community, all while raising much-needed funds for our synagogue.

Thank you all for everything you did to make this day possible.
KosherFest in the news! See the segment on Fox 4 News.

kosherfest-facepainting-hmWhat Happened at KosherFest 2014

KosherFest 2014 was held Sunday, June 1st, 11 am – 5 pm on the grounds of Congregation Ohev Sholom, 5311 W. 75th St., Prairie Village, KS (75th St. and Nall). Our theme this year was “A Celebration of Kosher Food, Fitness and Fun.”

Kosher Foods

Kosher foods, supervised by Rabbi White will be available as well as Vaad Supervised foods. Among the food items being sold: savory cabbage rolls, kabobs, cheese blintz, knishes, mandelbrot and much more!

Things to Do at KosherFest

There will be a Flo Harris Children’s Activities Area with a bounce house, active games, and Nia dancing for families. Activities open to all include shopping in our shuk (market), a take home garden project, listening to live music on our Louis and Frances Swinken Supporting Foundation Stage, dancing, health screenings and a cooking demonstration by our Executive Chef, Barry Brooks. You can also saunter down our “Green Street” and check out sustainable businesses and nonprofits.

Community Art Project

Most notably, we will be hosting a Community Art Project as a response to the horrific violence subjected upon our community. An artist will be on hand to assist patrons in drawing, painting, or writing something signifying their interpretation of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Each piece of art will be connected into a larger installation and put on display for the community.


Admission to the festival is $2 per person or 2 cans of food donated to Harvesters – a Community Food Bank.