The Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day and the country's 65th birthday) with the cultural celebration, Israel Fest. Israel Fest will be held from 12:30-4 p.m., Sunday, April 21, on the Jewish Federation campus. The Jewish Federation is located at 9701 Commerce Center Court in Fort Myers, just across Summerlin Boulevard. from HealthPark Hospital. Admission to Israel Fest costs $2 per person. Children's amusements and food may be purchased at an additional cost.
This year's Israel Fest features musical entertainment by BMI award-winning and Grammy nominated songwriter, producer and cantorial soloist Lawrence Dermer along with his band, Third House Rising. Other entertainment includes Israeli folk dancing by The Shalom Dancers, belly dancing performances and a deejay spinning Israel's hottest pop music.
There will be a wide array of Israeli delicacies offered, including authentic falafel, a hummus bar, Israeli couscous, Israeli salads, an Israeli wine tasting station and traditional Jewish desserts. For those with less adventurous palates, cheese pizza and fudge in flavors that offer an American salute to Israel; milk & honey and citrus, will also be available. Sun Harvest citrus juices will also be available, as citrus is a major agricultural industry in Israel.
Children's activities include an inflatable slide and inflatable obstacle course, an arts and crafts station, a story time station featuring Jewish children's books offered through PJ Library, (PJ Library provides subscriptions for free books and music delivered monthly to children from newborn to 8 years old), a petting zoo, a mock archaeological dig, face painting and an Israeli flag making art contest open to elementary aged children will be judged and awards will be given from the stage at Israel Fest.
Dead Sea skin care products, Judaica and Kabbalah jewelry will also be available for purchase.
The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties was incorporated in Southwest Florida in 1985. It provides and supports philanthropic, educational and social service programs that promote Jewish values such as benevolence, repairing the world and taking responsibility for one another in order to enrich the Jewish community locally, in Israel and throughout the world.