Taste, explore, experience and discover Israel

by | Mar 31, 2017 | What’s Happening

Sunday, April 30, 11 am–4 pm, Simon Family JCC

More than 1,600 people attended last year’s Simon Family JCC’s annual Israel Fest to experience a little piece of Israel without traveling more than 5,000 miles.

Local temples and synagogues, volunteers, vendors, and generous community donors are working to make 2017’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut—Israel Independence Day— the JCC’s best Israel celebration ever.

Israel Fest is a day to celebrate all things Israeli, with opportunities to learn more about Israel through art, food, entertainment, education, and culture.

Among the many offerings of the festival, local and Israeli crafts will be for sale, Israeli DJ music will set the mood, and children will be able to enjoy arts and crafts, inflatable bouncy rides, a petting zoo, and even ride a camel. An assortment of Israeli beer will be available, along with educational booths with travel and cultural information about Israel.

The outdoor food tent will be filled with tantalizing offerings from Israeli chefs Guy Marom and Nir Margalith, who will prepare fresh, authentic Israeli cuisine, as well as delicious food, treats, and drinks from local synagogues and temples.

The Elite Fleet, a radio-controlled boat club, will demonstrate and share their unique scaled boat models from submarines to navy destroyers. The JCC’s pool will offer the perfect to place to take them for a spin.

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) in partnership with the Simon Family JCC, will create an obstacle course on the campus grounds, playfully testing participants’ physical readiness for military IDF service. And, in the fitness center, Krav Maga (Israeli karate) classes will be available.

This uplifting family fun day is an opportunity to celebrate and discover Israel… without boarding a flight.

Presented by Charles Barker Automotive, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, P.C. and Wealth Quest Financial Services. The festival is free and open to the public, but food and some activities require tickets that can be purchased at the event. For more information, visit www.simonfamilyjcc.org/israelfest.