The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is staging a gala celebration for Israel’s 65th anniversary of independence on Sunday, May 19, and the entire community is invited. From the colorful parade which will kick off at 11 a.m. from 22nd and the Parkway near the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the fantastic indoor festival at the Pennsylvania Convention Center — a first for our community — this will be an event to delight families and individuals of all ages.
CBS TV anchor and talk show host Pat Ciarrocchi will serve as master of ceremonies for the parade at 11th and Race Streets, which features the Avalon String Band, Star of David Bikers, Philadelphia Police Pipe and Drums and an estimated 1,000 marchers from community synagogues, youth groups and other community organizations. Follow the parade to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and enjoy a multisensory sensation from noon to 4 p.m.
Listen to the music of Danny Sanderson, one of Israel’s most influential pop and rock artists. Sanderson, the festival’s headline musical performer, is a founding member of the band Kaveret/Poogy, dubbed “the Beatles of Israel,” and also formed the groups Gazoz and Doda, both of which are considered among the cornerstones of Israeli rock music. He has released 12 solo albums, written four books and has produced several albums for other Israeli performers.
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn a few new moves from Don Schillinger of Rak-Dan Entertainment. Kick back, relax, sip coffee and have your palm read in an authentic Bedouin tent. Adults, ages 21 and older, can sample Israel’s award-winning wines while their children help construct a giant Israeli flag made of K’NEX. All will enjoy Israeli foods, music, crafts and demonstrations of Krav Maga, the official martial arts training used by Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
Speaking of food (this is after all a Jewish event), award-winning chef Michael Solomonov will prepare an authentic recipe from the pages of The Jewish Kitchen Diaries, a new cookbook containing Jewish holiday and everyday recipes contributed by women in Philadelphia and in Philadelphia’s Partnership2Gether communities of Netivot and Sedot-Negev in Southern Israel.
Solomonov, a 2011 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic,” is the executive chef at Zahav, Philadelphia’s renowned modern Israeli restaurant and recently partnered with owner David Magerman to open and operate Citron and Rose, a glatt kosher European-Jewish restaurant and catering company on the Main Line. Festival participants will have an opportunity to sample the chef’s creation.
MossRehab, part of the Einstein Health Care Network, will demonstrate a revolutionary assistive device designed by an Israeli company known as ReWalk. MossRehab is the exclusive United States clinical trial site for this motorized exoskeleton suit that enables patients with lower limb disabilities, including paralysis, to independently engage in ambulatory activities, including standing, walking and, in some cases, climbing stairs.
ReWalk can be used by patients with spinal cord and brain injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases that result in walking impairments, reducing their dependence on powered wheelchairs and the oversized vehicles required to transport them.
Be sure to sign up for the drawing for two roundtrip tickets to Israel on El Al Airlines. Winners must pay departure taxes.
Federation is grateful for the generous support of our Gold Sponsor, Einstein Healthcare Network. Other sponsors are: Keystone Volvo; Blank Rome, LLP; Jewish Exponent; KYW 1060; CBS 3 and CWPhilly.
For more information, visit: jewishphilly.org/israel65 or call 215-832-0564.