Frolicking With Phillies, Celebrating Israel

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A recap of the hightlights from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s recent Jewish Heritage Night at the Phillies. 

Baseball fans had an extra reason to celebrate on May 12 at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Jewish Heritage Night. 

This year, the event kicked off with a pre-game festival along Citizens Bank Way in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day.
 
Festival-goers marked Israel’s 67th birthday with live music from Atzilut: Concerts for Peace, Israeli dancing, Israeli-themed arts and crafts, sports, athletic demonstrations from Maccabi USA and much more. 
 
The Jewish Heritage Night celebration continued as fans moved into Citizens Bank Park to watch the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates and were welcomed with a musical performance by the ChaiLights a cappella group. 
 
The game began with the National Anthem sung by Jewkebox, Temple University’s Jewish a cappella group, and the first pitch thrown out by Bud Newman, president of Jewish Federation. Jewkebox returned to the field during the fifth inning to dance the hora with the Phillie Phanatic and Jewish Federation CEO Naomi Adler.
 
Jewish Heritage Night fell during Jewish American Heritage Month, which was created in 2006 to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.
 
The first 500 people to order game tickets through Jewish Federation received a limited-edition Phillies mezuzah case. 
 
Despite the Phillies’ loss, a good time was had by the hundreds of community members and groups who joined Jewish Federation in celebrating Jewish heritage.
 

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