Israel Fest in Virginia Beach


Experience Israel without leaving Tidewater!


Sunday, May 1st, 2022 12:00-4:00

Tidewater's community celebration of Israel's Birthday for the ENTIRE community.

There will be something for everyone at United Jewish Federation of Tidewater's and Simon Family JCC's annual celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.


By taking a tour of Israel, situated outdoors on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, the community will experience some of the exciting tastes, smells, attractions, and sites that make Israel the country she is today.


  • Get a taste of Israel with the culinary renegades Gili and Ohad from Meat Carneval.

  • Place a note in the Western Wall.

  • Shop and haggle over art, Judaica, and jewelry in the Shuk.

  • Explore the boardwalk in Eilat.

  • Catch up with the Innovation Nation in Tel Aviv. 

  • Enjoy Bedouin hospitality in a desert tent.

  • Visit a kibbutz to learn about community, ecology, and small farming.

  • Camel rides, the Biblical (petting) zoo, art activities, digging for shekels.


FREE and FUN for all ages and faiths.

Israeli chefs and culinary renegades Gili Ben Shahar and Ohad Kvity are two friends who combined their love of food and fire to offer foodies an incredible, all-sensory experience.


Now residents of Tidewater will have the opportunity to see, hear, feel, and TASTE the culinary extravaganza that is “Meat Carneval” when the team arrives from the Tel Aviv District of Israel to join our celebration of Israel @ 74.


“We will bring together all the flavors, smells, textures, and sounds that we love – that ignited this fire inside all of us – and put it in front of the wonderful people of Tidewater, Virginia. We cannot wait to share this experience with you all.”


(Vegan options will be available)










Enjoy the festival while giving back!





The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family Jewish Community Center are grateful to the following Corporate Sponsors and Partners, whose generosity is helping to bring this year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut Israel Festival to life!










To VOLUNTEER,  pre-event set-up or day-of workers, contact Matthew Kramer-Morning:

For GENERAL INQUIRIES, contact Nofar Trem: