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.
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).
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?
Yes! We’ll have bouncies, face painting, music and dancing, and other fun things to do! 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 our special guest speaker Amabassador Ido Aharoni discuss his pioneering work with Nation Branding for the State of Israel and current events in Israel. Ambassador Aharoni is brought to us courtesy of Israel Bonds.
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.
One thing we are asking for this year is a donation of $5 per person to help us cover the costs of the Walk for Israel. It’s not required but we would really appreciate it.
Should I bring money to the Walk?
Yes! 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 Pita Post food truck serving Israeli style food.
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 person 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.