Israel Today is our series of artist engagements, culinary presentations, musical performances, and more that brings the sights, sounds, and flavors of Israel to Tidewater. 


11th Annual Israel Today Series



ROIE GALITZ: Meet World-Reknowned Wildlife Photographer, Environmental Diplomat, Entrepreneur, Explorer. 


POSTPONED, date to be announced

JOIN US in celebrating World Wildlife Day with one of todays most prolific wildlife photographer & speaker, Roie Galitz, who will share his experiences of travel to the most remote corners of the world.  As a lifelong nature lover, Roie travels the globe documenting animals in their natural surroundings. He's produced images in some of the most extreme locations and climates on earth, garnering int'l awards, and featured in publications like National Geographic and Smithsonian.  

The 2017 BBC documentary Snow Bears features video footage captured by Galitz and his colleagues as they follow polar bears in their quest to survive. 

As both a photographer and environmental diplomat, Galitz has witnessed nature's distress and the impact of hima activity throughout the globe. His partnerships with brands like Nikon and Dell has helped bridge the gap between the impact of industry and the natural world. 


11th Annual Israel Today in partnership with:


Beth Sholom Village, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc., Strelitz International Academy, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, YAD UJFT, Jewish Women 757, Holocaust Commission UJFT, Jewish News, Tidewater BBYO, Bnai Israel Congregation, Congregation Beth Chaverim, Congregation Beth El, Chabad of Tidewater, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue: Kehillat Bet Hamidrash, Ohef Sholom Temple, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel in Norfolk, ODU Hillel, The Institute for Jewish Studies & Interfaith Understanding, Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at VWU, Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.






Contact Elka Mednick, Assistant Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of the UJFT, at or (757) 965-6112.





Previous Israel Today Events



  • Chefs Gili Ben Shahar and Ohad Kvity: Meat Carneval • May 2022 • Chefs Gili Ben Shahar and Ohad Kvity, culinary renegades from Tel Aviv, join our celebration of Israel at 74.

  • Yael Perlov • February 2022 Award-Winning Filmmaker. Editor. Professor. As part of the Alma & Howard Laderberg 29th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film .

  • Dafna Kaffeman • November 2021 • Flame-working Glass Artist. Lecturer. International Award Winner. In partnership with the Chrysler Museum of Art's Perry Glass Studio.

  • Yishai Sarid • November 2021 • Arbitrator. Award-Winning Author. Attorney. As part of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.

  • Noa Tishby • October 2021 • Rapid Responder. Truth Spreader. Troll Fighter. Natural Raconteur. Spirited Modern Explainer. As part of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.