Festivals of Hope

by Nahalat Shalem

About Festivals of Hope

In the wake of the October 7th massacre, around 200,000 Israelis were evacuated from their homes and temporarily housed in kibbutzim and hotels in the Galilee region and other safe parts of the country. The Nahalat Shalem community brings Festivals of Hope to these locations to provide the evacuees with uplifting music, wholesome food and a wide variety of hands-on craft activities.

All of the food and activities are provided free of charge for evacuees and widows and orphans from the war. The non-profit festivals are funded by private donors from around the world, and all the volunteer labor is provided by members of Nahalat Shalem.

As of the end of March, 2024, fourteen festivals have enriched the lives of thousands of suffering Israelis. Requests for future events are pouring in, and are scheduled as funding allows. Your contribution makes a difference!

Hands-On Activities: Wooden Flower Boxes • Potholder Weaving • Beeswax Candle Dipping • Soap Balls • Wooden Sailboats • Greeting Cards • Make-Your-Own Pizza • Make-Your-Own Doughnuts • Wooden Propeller Toys • Leather Key Fobs and Bag Tags • Coaster Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom • Wooden Spatula • Hair Scrunchies/Headbands • Drop Spindle Spinning • Floral Bouquet Arrangements • Hammered Garden Scoop • Hammered Brass Spoons • Fleece Pillows • Fleece Scarves

Food: Frozen Yogurt • Popcorn • Hot & Cold Drinks and Snacks • Take-Home Gristmill Flour

Festival Schedule

December 08, 2023
Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan (Evacuees from BarAm)

December 22, 2023
Kibbutz Beit Zera (Evacuees from HaGoshrim & BarAm)

December 30, 2023
Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek (Evacuees from Nahal Oz)

January 05, 2023
Ein Bokek (Evacuees from Kibbutz Magen & Sderot)

January 19, 2023
Migdal (Evacuees from MisgavAm & HaGoshrim)

January 26, 2023
Kibbutz Beit Zera (Evacuees from May’an Baruch)

February 09, 2024
EinGedi (Evacuees from Be’eri, Magen)

February 10, 2024
EinBokek (Evacuees from Southern Israel)

February 23, 2024
Hotel Nof Kinereth (Evacuees from Manara)

February 24, 2024
Kfar Haruv (Evacuees from Lebanon border villages)

March 08, 2024
Ashdot Yaaqov (for widows and orphans)

March 15, 2024
En Gev (Evacuees from Kiriat Shmona)

March 19, 2024
Day of good deeds Ganei Tikva, Tel Aviv

March 29, 2024
Nof Ginosar (Evacuees from Kibbutz Yiftah, Kiriat Shmona)

April 05, 2024
Kibbutz Nir David

April 12, 2024
Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar

April 19, 2024
Kibbutz Deganya B

May 03, 2024
Carmiel (for widows and orphans)

May 10, 2024
Kibbutz HaOn

May 17, 2024
Kibbutz Kinneret & Moshava Ohalo

 Jad Le Banim (Bereaved brothers)

Bet Jan

Kibbuz Ginosar Exhibition Hall

Hotel Sofia Sea of Galilee

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About Nahalat Shalem

Nahalat Shalem is a community of homeschooling believers living in the Jezreel Valley of northern Israel. The group of about 130 people is comprised of German, Canadian and Israeli families, as well as a few from South America, Africa and the United States.

The name Nahalat Shalem translates to something like “Heritage of Wholeness.” The Hebrew root words imply a place of peace and healing.

The members of Nahalat Shalem are dedicated to bringing life, hope and joy to the people of Israel, especially in troubled times. In addition to the “Festivals of Hope” for evacuees, their future plans include a therapeutic retreat for soldiers with PTSD and an activity center for disabled children.

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