Where is the Run and Walk?
The Run and Walk start and end at the same location: at Temple Shir Shalom, 3999 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield. That’s at the corner of Orchard Lake Road and Walnut Lake Road.
How can I avoid all the crazy road closures in the area?
For those of you pulling your hair out because of the Maple road closures, we have been advised by the police department that if you are coming from the east side use Middlebelt road to Walnut Lake Road. If you are coming from the west side use Drake road or Farmington Road to Walnut Lake Road. From the north or south try and use Middlebelt road.
Where should I park?
Handicap parking will be in the main parking lot of Temple Shir Shalom and clearly marked. There will be parking attendants on hand to assist you.
Additional parking will be on the grass on the north east corner of Temple Shir Shalom and at Doherty Elementary School (just east of Temple Shir Shalom) and at Sheiko Elementary School (just west of Temple Shir Shalom). There will be a shuttle bus running every 15 minutes to and from Sheiko Elementary School.
When does the Walk start?
The Walk begins promptly at 1:30pm. There will be a big inflatable arch with a Start/Finish banner hanging from it. The Jewish War Veterans lead the Walk for Israel every year. Please do not walk in front of our veterans.
Will there be activities for kids to do?
This year more than ever! We’ll have bouncies, face painting, balloon artists, a trackless train, an a cool “archaeological dig” with JFamily! We have fun for the whole family!!
How about us adults? Is there anything for us to do?
You mean besides walking? Of course…beginning at 11:00am in the Dave & Joyce Sakwa Sanctuary you can listen to a conversation between Walk for Israel CEO Andre Douville and Detroit Jewish News Publisher and Executive Editor Arthur Horwitz about Phil Slomovitz, Detroit and Zionism – In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Detroit Jewish News, the Walk for Israel Committee and its sponsors recognize the Zionist passion of its founder and long-time editor, Philip Slomovitz. His steadfast leadership prior to, during and following the creation of the state of Israel were instrumental in shaping the Detroit Jewish community’s longstanding – and continuing – embrace of Zionism and our Jewish state.
Some of our co-sponsoring organizations will have information about their organizations outside at tables that will ring the gathering area around the stage. There will also be a photo booth sponsored by the Detroit Jewish News Foundation where you can take a picture and be featured on the cover of the Jewish News!
Will the Walk happen if its raining?
You bet! While we always hope for beautiful, sunny weather, we do live in Michigan…you know the old saying, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes!” We walk rain or shine.
Is there really Kosher food for lunch? and is it really free?
Yes! We always have Kosher food out of respect to our observant friends who will attend. And it’s always been free! Jerusalem Pizza provides lots of different combinations of pizzas that are dairy Kosher, including plain cheese pizza for the kids! Jerusalem Pizza celebrates over 14 years serving the metropolitan community preparing the finest kosher pizza with unique and creative products prepared with the strictest of kosher laws using the finest vegetarian ingredients available.
Should I bring money to the Walk?
Yes! Even though there is no charge to attend and the lunch is free, we do have WFI shirts for sale, and we always accept donations!! They are greatly appreciated!
I won’t be able to make it to the Walk this year, but I want to make a donation. How do I do that?
We’ll miss you! You can make a donation by clicking right here! Thank you!
What’s up with the non-Kosher food trucks?
This year we wanted to add another food option to the Walk for Israel. Let’s face it: there are a lot of Jews (and non-Jews!) who attend the Walk and don’t keep Kosher. We wanted to offer them another alternative, even though the pizza is great! So this year we’ll have the Nosh Pit food truck and the Pita Cruiser food truck, both serving Israeli style food. The Nosh Pit will feature Vegan and vegetarian fare as well!
Is the food free at the food trucks?
No. We do our best to raise enough funds from our generous corporate sponsors and organizational co-sponsors to cover the expenses of the Walk, including the cost of over 1,000 large pizzas! But it’s not enough to cover all the costs associated with this awesome event. If you choose to eat from one of the food trucks, there will be a cost ranging from $5 to $12, depending on what you choose.
How long is the Walk?
Less than a mile…it takes the average walker about 20 minutes to complete. Because there are so many of us (over 2,000!) the line of walkers along Orchard Lake Road will reach more than a mile long!
Is there medical staff on hand if something goes wrong?
Yes, we have a doctor on site during the Run for Israel (running with the runners!) and a doctor on site during the Walk for Israel. We have paramedic, fire and EMS units less than three minutes away.
What’s the security like? Should I expect my bag to be checked?
Security it tight, that much we can tell you. Plenty of uniformed police officers will be on site all day. And plain clothes security that look just like you and me. And yes, you can expect your bag or purse to be checked at the four entrances to the Walk for Israel festivities.