An afternoon for community members of all ages filled with all-things-Israel.

 

Come together to learn about Israeli people, art, music, food, and history.

Every Spring, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC present a Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration of Israel’s Independence Day. It is FREE and open to ALL.

 

Situated throughout the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, the community gets to experience some of the exciting tastes, attractions, sites & featured guests from Israel that make her the country she is today.

 

EVERYONE is invited.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

YOM HA'ATZMAUT 2024 ANTICIPATED HIGHLIGHTS

Chef-in-Residence, Yaniv Cohen


Israeli chef Yaniv Cohen grew up in Israel in a Sephardic Jewish family. His passion for Israeli flavors and spices propelled a relocation from Israel to Miami to open a kosher restaurant, JAFFA. Chef Cohen has been featured on hit Netflix show Best Leftovers Ever and has authored a cookbook, My Spiced Kitchen.  Chef will be speaking and offering samples the afternoon of at our Yom Ha'atzmaut commemoration.

 

An Israeli Chef's Table Experience with Yaniv Cohen

 

May 16: Chef Yaniv Cohen will prepare and serve an exclusive menu for the Tidewater Jewish community. The dinner will include an Israeli wine bar and an opportunity to meet Chef Cohen. Learn more and save your seat!

 

Leon Family Gallery Hall of Remembrance

 

The Hall of Remembrance will feature the names of over 1700 Israelis who have lost their lives on or since October 7 at the hands of terrorists interspersed prints of art by various Israeli artists who have used their art as a way to take action, tell the stories of individuals, call for political action, and foster unity.

Leon Family Gallery: Humans of October 7, Erez Kaganovitz

 

This breathtaking new exhibition brings to light the human stories of the remarkable people who have stood up to terrorism and showcases the unique spirit and resilience of the Israeli people. Created by one of Israel’s most noted artists and photojournalists, Humans of October 7th aims to combat misconceptions and antisemitic sentiment by showing the human side of the millions of lives in Israel affected by the attacks and ensuing conflict.

Jewish Family Services 20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll. 

Sunday, May 19 at 10am. Participants get exclusive early access to Yom Ha’atzmaut activities. Be first in line for camel rides, petting zoo, Humusiya foods, and more!  Race Registration & Information.

Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom Hashoah are deeply interconnected days in Israel's collective memory.

 

Together, they underscore the significance of remembrance, resilience, and the continual pursuit of strong and flourishing Jewish communities, both in Israel and the Diaspora.

 

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites you to join us in commemorating these important occasions and to learn more about them.  Please visit our Resource Page.

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CONTACT US

For SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, contact Amy Zelenka: AZelenka@UJFT.org

For GENERAL INQUIRIES, contact Nofar Trem: NTrem@UJFT.org