MODESTO — Every year, Congregation Beth Shalom puts on a food festival and cultural event that features everything Jewish. Part community outreach and part fund-raiser for the congregation's youth, the 43rd annual Cafe Shalom will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5.
Exercise to Jewish music from 9:30-9:45 a.m. Live music begins at 10 a.m. A silent auction will be held throughout the day. Vendors include an Israeli artist; other vendors will sell jewelry, handmade soap, fused glass, jean jackets and other goods. Israeli dancing, tours of the synagogue, a raffle for an iPad and a no-host bar also are on tap.
And then there's the food: brunch, included in the ticket price, features lox, cream cheese, kugel (noodle pudding), blintz, fruit, coffee and orange juice. The bake shop will offer homemade Jewish specialities such as mandelbrot (a sweet bread), rugelach (a cookie with nuts and cinnamon), challah (braided bread), cakes, strudel, baklava and other items.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, or $8 for children. They are available from the CBS office or from congregation members.
Congregation Beth Shalom is at 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. For more information, call (209) 571-6060.