Celebrate Israel@70

by | Apr 9, 2018 | Other News

Stories, authentic Israeli food, music, art, camels, a HUGE Israeli flag, and more

Virginia Arts Festival and United Jewish Federation of Tidewater present
Israel Story’s Mixtape: The Stories Behind Israel’s Ultimate Playlist
Sunday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Harbor Club at Waterside District
333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk

Mixtape: The Stories Behind Israel’s Ultimate Playlist—explores seven decades of Israeli stories and songs. Mishy Harmon’s award-winning podcast, Israel Story will take the audience behind the scenes of some of Israel’s most iconic (and obscure) songs as they unpack the dramas, complexities, social tensions, and humor of life in Israel.

Visit VAFest.org/IsraelStory for tickets.
$35 (Military, senior, and student pricing available).


Simon Family JCC and CRC along with community partners, including Congregation Beth El’s Celebrating Judaism Through the Arts, present:
Israel Today@70 with Eyal Rob
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm
Congregation Beth El, Free
422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk

Co-founder of Israel’s first music television channel, Israeli journalist and culture critic, Eyal Rob brings the Tel Aviv music scene to Tidewater, reflecting the Jewish nation’s songs through wars, peace, struggle, and hope. This interactive Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration is for all ages.

Visit JewishVA.org/IsraelToday#EyalRob to RSVP (required) or call 321-2304.


Israel Fest
a community-wide celebration of the State of Israel’s 70th year
Sunday, April 22, 11 am–4 pm
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
Visit simonfamilyjcc.org/israelfest for more information and to volunteer, or call 321-2304.

Experience Israel through art, education, food, games, and entertainment with activities for all ages.

Children’s Israel activities with Simon Family JCC summer camp counselors, Strelitz Early Childhood Center and Hebrew Academy of Tidewater teachers, Sababa Beachaway, PJ Library, the Nature Bus, and more, include:
• A scavenger hunt through Israel for kids and teens
• Live Animals in Tidewater’s version of the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
• Storytime in Hebrew and English
• Sababa lawn games for teens
• Archeological dig for ancient coins in Beer-Sheva
• Robotics Build & Battle
• Sand art in the Negev
• Israel sensory tables for toddlers
• Diaper Derby through Israel
• Much, much more!

Activities for the entire family include:
• Authentic Israeli street food with visiting Chef, Guy Beery
• HQ Trivia—Test your Israel knowledge
• Israeli Cinematheque featuring films from the past seven decades
• Camel rides
• Henna
• Virtual reality trips through Israel
• Collaborative community art projects
• Learn to be more Sababa like Israelis— lessons on Jewish mindfulness
• Shop for Israeli art, jewelry, flags, books, essential oils, and more
• Backgammon tournament
• Israel photo ops galore
• Music of the past 70 years by Israeli DJ, Eyal Rob

Exhibits on display include:
• Community Umbrella Installation. More than 300 hand painted works of art by students across the community through the generosity of the Gifford Foundation
• Beit Hatfutsot’s Celebrating Israel@70: Snapshots of the People Behind a Young State
• Israel21c’s 70 Years of Israeli Achievements— A Timeline of Success
• Israel Matters, a Stand With Us multi-panel display sharing facts about Israel’s people, history, vibrant economy, innovations, maps and more.

And, be sure to join hundreds of people at 2:30 pm at the soccer field, to be part of Tidewater’s largest Israeli flag, ever!

*Tickets required for some experiences and food.