Experience Israeli Art and Culture at Israel 66 and Beyond

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From jewelry to Krav Maga to puppet shows, the Israel 66 celebration at Penn's Landing has something for everyone.

Four established artists from Federation’s Partnership 2Gether region in Netivot-Sedot Negev Israel will be among the exhibitors at the Israeli shuk during Federation’s Israel 66 community celebration on Sunday.

Noa Kiryati, a jeweler from Kibbutz Urim, makes unique designs based on Israeli trees and leaves. Shirley Okev, from Kibbutz Kfar Aza, ­creates Mandela-style designs on river rocks. Zipi Levi, from Netivot, is an art teacher and a painter who creates portraits and murals.


Zameret Zamir, known throughout Israel for her pottery, is also making a name for herself  for an interactive mosaic she is producing along Israel’s security wall. She currently is working with Israelis on creating small pottery pieces which will be incorporated into the larger mosaic.

Zamir will conduct hands-on workshops with students at Beth Am Israel and the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy prior to Sunday’s Israel 66 festival. She will work with ­students to create pieces that she will take back to Israel and add to the security wall mosaic.

All four artists will participate in A Taste of Israel, an art show and an Israeli Tapas-style dinner on Monday evening in Chester County. For more information about this event, designed as a tribute to those who have ­contributed time and resources to the Chester County Jewish community, call Shelley Rappaport at 484-582-0210 or email: [email protected]

Federation’s Israel Independence Day celebration on May 18 is the perfect way for every member of your family to spend a Sunday afternoon.

For the young (and young at heart) there will be a Lag B’Omer Children’s Fun Zone. Here you can see Krav Maga demonstrations, the martial arts form used to train members of the Israel Defense Forces, enjoy puppet shows produced by PhillyIsrael and The Israeli House Hebrew Experience, play GaGa (Israel’s version of dodge ball), engage in rope games organized by members of the Israel Scouts, get henna body art from the staff of Crazy Faces, build a giant K’NEX Israel flag, participate in preschool arts and crafts activities with Federation Early Learning Services, and much, much more.

Budding radio reporters can create their own Israel 66 broadcast from the KYW Kidcast Mobile. Plus, together, families can complete a jkidphilly mitzvah project by ­assembling no-sew blankets to benefit local seniors.

Best of all, you can capture your memories of this glorious day together with a free family photo at our festival photo booth.

Stop by the Federation booth, give us your contact information and you may be a lucky winner of one of the following: a family four pack of VIP seats to the May 29 Federation Jewish Heritage Night celebration at Citizens Bank Park; two sets of two terrace level seats to the Jewish Heritage Night game; two $50 gift certificates to Citron and Rose Restaurant; and a gift basket from Just Born Candy Company.

Representatives of 40 Jewish organizations will be on hand to discuss the programs and services they provide to help make the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community a vibrant place to live and work.

This event is free and will take place rain or shine from noon to 5 p.m. on the Waterfront at Penn’s Landing.

Federation is grateful for the generous support of: Presenting Partner, Blank Rome, LLP; Silver Partner, Seed the Dream Foundation; Bronze Partners, Bridge View Paper Company, LLC; Gil Travel; the Jewish Exponent and Joseph Levine & Sons. Sponsors for the event are: A Sharp Productions; Center City Film and Video; Giant Food Stores; Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews; John Rothschild Catering; and U.S. Security Care, Inc.

We hope to see you on May 18.

For more information, visit: jewishphilly.org/israel66.

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