iFEST, Penn State’s Annual Israel Fest, set for April 18

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — iFest, Penn State’s Annual Israel Fest, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 on the HUB-Robeson Center lawn. The event, hosted by student group Students Supporting Israel and Penn State Hillel, will celebrate Israel by bringing a taste of Israeli culture and life to Penn State.

In its 3rd year, iFest 2017 will cover the HUB Lawn in tables that represent different aspects of Israel life — from food, to innovation and tech, to music, to the daily life of Israelis. There will be fun carnival attractions, delicious Falafel sandwiches, Israel’s famous Aroma coffee, virtual-reality goggles, Dead Sea mud, and more. The day will serve as a culmination of the pro-Israel advocacy efforts over the past year.

Rob Ost, president of Students Supporting Israel, encourages all Penn State students to attend. “iFest is an incredible blend of all aspects that make Israel such a unique and special country," he said. "We are hosting this event to celebrate Israel and raise awareness for her on campus."

Hannah Geller, vice president of Students Supporting Israel, shares that this year Israel will be celebrating its 69th year of statehood, on May 2nd, Israel Independence Day or Yom Ha’atzmaut. For Geller, iFest is one of the best days on campus. She, like Ost, believes "everyone can find something to relate to at iFest — be it the delicious Mediterranean food, the Israeli technological innovations, or the fun Middle Eastern music. It is a day to celebrate the incredible culture and successes Israel has seen over the past 69 years.”

Media Contacts: 

Hannah Giterman

Penn State Hillel director of community engagement

Last Updated April 19, 2017