VIRGINIA BEACH, VA: Celebrate Israel’s 71st Birthday and experience the nation’s authentic culture, art and food at the 41st Annual ISRAEL FEST on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus in Virginia Beach.
Since its inception, this family event presented by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC, has honored the diversity of Israeli culture by sharing its many traditions with the citizens of Hampton Roads.
Whether shopping at the SHUK, enjoying the cuisine of Israel, participating in the graffiti mural project designed by Artist 4 Israel’s Craig Dershowitz, taking a live camel ride or having a workout with the event’s featured guest, Nadav Meirson, it is a day of celebration and culture for the entire family.
“Our goal is to deliver an experience that is authentically Israel with the sights, sounds, tastes and people who make it such an amazing place,” says Robin Mancoll, event director.”
Meirson, the celebrity fitness trainer from Israel’s “Biggest Loser Israel,” is well known throughout Israel and beyond. He is a master sensei who runs the Tel Aviv-based fitness club chain, “Pure” and also conducts programs as a lifestyle coach including eating and physical activity. During ISRAEL FEST, Meirson will host a kickboxing class followed by “Breaking the Myths” a discussion about healthy living and other workouts through the afternoon, including Krav Maga for kids and adults. Krav Maga is a military self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces in the 1950s. It is now taught internationally as an effective, modern and dynamic self-defense and fighting system combining the most effective techniques and philosophy from various martial arts training programs.
Artists 4 Israel’s Craig Dershowitz and his fellow artists will create the graffiti mural project onsite at the Simon Family JCC throughout the festival day. Join the fun as they guide participants of all backgrounds and ages in helping to complete the mural. Artists 4 Israel use the transformative power of art to beautify the land, uplift the people and enhance the image of Israel through creative humanitarian projects and dynamic advocacy initiatives. Their projects and initiatives represent and benefit all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs.
The Israeli market or shuk, will feature over 20 artists and vendors, many with Israeli wares, art and jewelry available purchase, complete with the sounds of traditional Israeli music. When finished shopping, experience delectable and traditional Israeli cuisine such as Hummus, Falafels, Shwarma and Israeli salad, not to mention plenty of traditional festival fare.
For families with younger kids, art projects, a diaper derby through Israel, Petting Zoo, kid’s obstacle course, balloon animals and even surfing with Sababa Beachaway Camp will keep everyone entertained for hours.
At ISRAEL FEST 2019, the entire family can experience Israel
without ever leaving home!
Celebrate Israel’s 71st Independence Day
Plus, Explore and Celebrate the Culture, Art and Food of Israel
Sunday, May 19 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus • 5000 Corporate Woods Drive • Virginia Beach, VA FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC • Rain or Shine
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For questions call 757-321-2331
About The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC
The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater: UJFT nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive, and caring Jewish community whose collective action is guided by Judaism’s values. UJFT is also on the forefront of promoting constructive dialogue, educational opportunities, and positive partnerships with other faith communities, legislative leaders, and educators. The Simon Family JCC provides everything from recreation to inspiration for individuals and families. For more information, visit www.jewishva.org and/or www.simonfamilyjcc.org