Israeli wildlife photographer captivates Tidewater audiences

by | Apr 20, 2023 | Other News

Roie Galitz, renowned wildlife photographer and environmental diplomat, visited Tidewater last month as part of the 12th annual Israel Today series presented by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family Jewish Community Center, and community partners.

From the glaciers of Svalbard to the jungles of the Congo, Galitz captured the hearts and minds of his audiences. Photographing polar bears and teaching how the changing climate affects them, Galitz says, is his life’s work.
Throughout his visit, Galitz spoke with diverse audiences, telling stories about his adventures in the most extreme environments in the world and the lives of the endangered animals he captures in his photography.
After a speaking engagement at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, the Dagul family spoke about the experience of getting to meet in person: “We have been following Roie’s work for years and were so excited that he came in person to Tidewater. We had so much fun viewing his amazing photographs paired with his commentary and getting to chat with him about his adventures all over the world.”
Galitz also spoke to students at Strelitz International Academy, Tallwood High School, Cape Henry Collegiate Academy, and Norfolk State University.
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