Charles Barker presents

Israel Fest 2019

Engage. Experience. Embrace. Celebrate.

Sunday, May 19 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Simon Family JCC at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach

Enjoy authentic Israeli food | Buy Israeli art and jewelry | Ride a camel | Experience Israel Without Ever Leaving Tidewater

Calling friends of all faiths, FREE and open to the entire community, join us in celebrating Israel’s 71st anniversary, Yom Ha’atzmaut. Experience Israel through art, education, culture, food, and entertainment with activities for all ages!

Sip Israeli wine and beer, listen to Israeli music, or shop the shuk, filled with food and local vendors including authentic Israeli food, art, and more.


Ride a camel, visit the Jerusalem Biblical Petting Zoo, dig for artifacts in Be’er Sheva or take a (virtual) walk through Israel! Kids can test their skills on the FIDF Virginia Obstacle Course, or bring out their inner Judah Maccabee in a jousting challenge.


Sign your little one up for the 2nd Annual Diaper Derby Through Israel!


Bring neighbors, friends, and family to experience Israel without ever leaving Tidewater! 


Join נדב מאירסון Nadav Meirson, Lifestyle Coach, Trainer of the Biggest (Israeli) Losers, Master Sensei, and Healthy Living Consultant for fitness activities at JFit throughout the day!

11:00 am – 12:00 am
Kickboxing – a dynamic aerobics class in which participants will work the entire body using boxing moves, kicks, and jumps. It is a 60 minute class with energetic music – fun guaranteed!

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
“Breaking the Myths” – A lecture everyone needs to hear; a gateway to healthy living that will equip you with all the basic milestones for doing it right.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Krav Maga for Kids

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Krav Maga for Adults – An Israeli fighting technique based on “street fighting” scenarios which was adopted by the IDF. It allows you to acquire basic moves for self-defense. This workshop is suitable for all ages.

Be part of Artists 4 Israel's Writing on the Wall: A Community Art Project with Artists 4 Israel founder, Craig Dershowitz

Be part of Artists 4 Israel's Writing on the Wall: A Community Art Project with Artists 4 Israel founder, Craig Dershowitz, and his fellow artists will guide participants of all backgrounds and ages on a graffiti mural project on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. Artists 4 Israel use the transformative power of art to beautify the land, uplift the people and enhance the image of Israel through creative humanitarian projects and dynamic advocacy initiatives. Their projects and initiatives benefit all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs. Engaging attendees in an experiential, intersectional, and collaborative large-scale creation, these visiting artists will share details of their personal experiences in Israel and why they’ve committed to working through various artistic mediums to educate people worldwide about Israel.