Five reasons to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut in Tidewater

by | Mar 30, 2023 | Featured

Sunday, April 30, 12–4 pm, Sandler Family Campus

Celebrate Israel as she turns 75 at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s and Simon Family JCC’s annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration at the Sandler Family Campus this month.

Right here in Tidewater, it’ll be possible to experience some of the exciting tastes, smells, and attractions that make Israel the country she is today. Here are five reasons to attend Israel Fest.

1. Israel is known for its bright, flavorful food. Have a taste of shawarma, falafel, middle eastern salads, sfenj (a Moroccan donut-fritter), hummus, pita, and more.

2. Visit the shuk, an open-air market bustling with activity. Shop locally-made and Israeli-sourced artwork, jewelry, Israeli snacks, and more.

3. Israel Fest offers activities for everyone. Gardening in the kibbutzim, a boardwalk carnival in Eilat, camel rides in the Negev Desert, and rock climbing in the Golan Heights—Tidewater’s celebration of Israel offers the opportunity to enjoy these activities and more.

4. Exploring a new country is an educational experience. Families will have the chance to get their “Israel Passport” stamped as they explore everything at Israel Fest. Throughout the day, participants will be able to collect facts about multiple Israeli cities, the landscape, and the people of Israel, and track their “travel” in a colorful, collectible booklet.

5. Israel is only complete with her people. A community celebration needs community involvement! Volunteer to help at the event or get involved as the community celebrates Israel at 75 by participating in the Israel@75 Challenge (which begins on April 2), attending the celebration on April 30, and inviting family and friends.

Purchase tickets online in advance of Israel Fest for a discounted rate.

To purchase tickets or to find more information about the celebration on April 30, the Israel@75 Challenge, or to sign up to volunteer, visit

-Sierra Lautman