As the worldwide Jewish and pro-Israel communities prepare to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is offering a range of celebratory opportunities with hopes of stretching the community’s imagination through art, by way of connection to Israel.
Based on an installation of umbrellas adorning Yoel Moshe Solomon Street in the historic Nachalat Shiva district of Jerusalem during the summer of 2015, the Community Relations Council will launch a similar exhibit in the Simon Family JCC’s Cardo. The colorful umbrellas are certain to delight attendees of Israel Fest, Tidewater’s celebration of Yom HaAtzamut, Israel’s Independence Day.
All local artists in grades K-12 are asked to join in the Tidewater Umbrella Project. Artists should consider: What does Israel look like—a landscape, people, or food? Make some “rough drafts,” then decorate the umbrella. The rough draft template, paints, and white umbrellas will be provided by the CRC. Umbrellas will hang in the JCC’s Cardo throughout April. Umbrella submissions are due no later than Friday, March 30 so they may be put in place prior to Yom Ha’atzmaut, and Israel Fest on Sunday, April 22.
To participate, contact the CRC for umbrellas and supplies. Submissions may be dropped off at the UJFT office on the second floor of the Sandler Family Campus, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach by Friday, March 30 at 4:30 pm.