Israel Fest

Israel Fest 2018

Promoted as a major celebration of the Jewish state on the eve of its 70th anniversary, Israel Fest lived up to its billing on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Some 2,500 persons from across the community filled the backlot of the Simon Family JCC to ride a camel, eat authentic Israeli street dishes, slurp smoothies, pet farm animals while learning about the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, enjoy Israeli music, don tefillin, shop for Judaica, take pictures with Golda Meir and David Ben Gurion (in full costume), and make history.

Organizers did a splendid job orchestrating games, events, and stalls in an outdoor “shuk,” ringed by tables and volunteers from local synagogues and other organizations, selling everything from kosher donuts to children’s books. There was even a large chalkboard where guests wrote why they love Israel.