Jewish Family Service’s20th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll

Sunday, May 19, 10 am • Sandler Family Campus

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater will hold its 20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll at a new location: on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community. In past years, JFS has held events on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The move comes from the desire to hold the event in conjunction with Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

“Given the events in world,” says Kelly Burroughs, CEO for JFS, “we felt that having the race here on Campus made the most sense as a coordinated Jewish community.”

The “race” this year will not be a timed one mile or 5K event. Instead, JFS will host a Blue and White Color Run. As runners pass through the course, there will be “color stations” in which runners will be doused with blue and white powdered chalk.

By the time the event is over, the participants will be covered—the more laps are taken, the more colorful the runners/walkers will be! The chalk is non-toxic, child safe, and gluten free.

“This is our 20th Anniversary of the Run, Roll or Stroll,” says Brooke Rush, director of development for JFS. “We wanted to make it fun and unique!”

In addition to the color run, JFS encourages participants and spectators to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, to paint a rock for the Healing Garden, and other family activities. For the adults, JFS is partnering with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater to sell Bloody Marys with ingredients from An Israeli Chef’s Table Experience’s Chef Yaniv Cohen. Mixes will also be available for sale. Proceeds go to support the programs at JFS.

This is the only major fundraising event for Jewish Family Service, and all sponsorship donations and race registrations go to support the programs at JFS.

JFS encourages everyone to come for the run and stay for the fun! Following the color run, participants get early access to the events for Yom Ha’Atzmaut—and can be first in line for camel rides, the petting zoo, food from the Humusiya, and more.

For more information on JFS programs, or how to volunteer or donate, visit