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April 30th was a beautiful day all around, not just the weather. Israel Fest was a special celebration that included more than 1,200 members of the community who came to experience the culinary, cultural and artistic gifts of Israel right here in Tidewater.

Attendees were treated to fresh cuisine prepared by Israeli chefs Guy Marom and Nir Margalith from Puzzle Israel, Israeli music and dancing, and to a Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) demo. The Leon Family Art Gallery showcased a unique photo exhibit, J-Champs: The Triumph of Jewish Sport, featuring athletes from the 1920’s, and JFit offered an opportunity for spinning enthusiasts to take a ride through Israel.  A Friends of the Israel Defense Forces obstacle course, camel rides and more offered kids of all ages an opportunity to engage in whatever Israel activity suited them.

Check out photos from this year’s festivities, and check back for information about Israel’s 70th birthday!