Israeli cuisine to be served in the Leon Family Gallery

by | Apr 21, 2022 | What’s Happening

Free, opening reception with the artist
Thursday, April 28, 3:30 pm

A selection of work by Israeli culinary photographer Israel Netanel will soon be on exhibit at Simon Family JCC’s Leon Family Gallery. The photographs are part of a collection featuring the culinary creations of Gili Ben Shahar and Ohad Kvity, the chefs and culinary renegades behind Tel Aviv’s Meat Carneval. Netanel’s beautiful photographs are the backdrop for Ben Shahar and Kvity’s cookbook, The Book of Meat, available only in Hebrew.

Netanel says, “I bought my first camera because I wanted to capture special moments and make them last. I worked as a bartender in a few restaurants, and a love for culinary photography made me change my life path.”

Netanel’s work is being displayed in the Leon Family Gallery in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, as Israel turns 74. Netanel will join Ben Shahar and Kvity in Tidewater to cook and serve authentic Israeli cuisine at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration, taking place at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus on Sunday, May 1.

A tasting with the visiting Israeli chefs will take place when the exhibit opens in the Gallery on Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 pm.

RSVP for this free and open to the community reception by April 26 to

Hunter Thomas is director of Arts & Ideas at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. 

Hunter Thomas