Celebrate Israel 69 Throughout Greater Philadelphia


May 2, 2017 marks Israel’s 69th year of independence. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia invites people of all ages to join Yom Ha’atzmaut

(Israel Independence Day) celebrations throughout our communities taking place from April through June. No matter how you want to celebrate Israel’s 69th, there is an exciting way to say, “Happy birthday, Israel” at a festival or event near you. For more information, visit jewishphilly.org/Israel69.

Friday, April 28

Musical Yom Ha’atzmaut Kabbalat Shabbat

Society Hill Synagogue, 418 Spruce St., Philadelphia

6:15 p.m.

A special musical service to welcome the Sabbath in honor of Israel’s 69th year of independence, featuring Israeli trombonist Nitzan Haroz.

Tuesday, May 2

Movie: The Prime Ministers Part II: Soldiers and Peacemakers

Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, 200 Haverford Road, Wynnewood

6 p.m. Israeli dinner available for purchase, provided by Nana’s Kitchen

7 p.m. Free film screening

Tuesday, May 2


1925 Lounge, 111 S. 17th St., Philadelphia

6:30 p.m.

The event for young adults in Philadelphia to celebrate Israel Independence Day, this dance party will include Israeli music, food and more.

Sunday, May 7

A Taste of Israel: Yum Yisrael

Tiferet Bet Israel, 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell

11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Fun family activities, workshops for adults, Israeli products and gifts for sale, Israeli food demonstrations and more.

May 17-21

Israeli Art, Music and Dance Festival

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia

A five-day festival featuring various workshops to engage children, students and adults in exploring different aspects of Israeli culture through their own creativity.

Sunday, May 21

Israel Celebration

Kehillah of Chester County, Time and location TBD

Concert plus food demonstrations provided by Tavlinim, a women’s catering group from the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether communities of Netivot and Sedot Negev in Israel.

Tuesday, May 23

Movie: On the Map

Chabad Doylestown, 300 East Swamp Road, Doylestown

7:30 p.m.

$12 per ticket

This documentary captures the excitement of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship.

Wednesday, May 24

Israel Independence Day Concert featuring The Shuk

Kehillah of Old York Road, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Food, kids’ activities, Israeli dancing and more.

Sunday, June 4

Bucks County Israel – Jewish Festival

Bucks County Jewish Coalition, Linksz Pavilion, Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

A fun-filled day of Israel-themed stations, an Israeli Shuk (marketplace), a Jewish agency fair, Israeli food and more.

Planning has already begun for Israel 70 next year. Save the date to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday at a large communitywide celebration on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Plus, the Jewish Federation is looking for partners to help coordinate and execute a yearlong calendar of programs. To get involved, please contact Hillel Zaremba, assistant director of community engagement, at hzaremba @jewishphilly.org or 215-832-0622.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Israel360 VIP

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is once again hosting Israel360 — a 10-day adventure to Israel. This year’s Israel360 VIP program will travel to Israel from July 1-10, 2017. As in the previous trips, Israel360 VIP will have yearlong activities, with pre- and post-Israel networking and programming, but this year’s trip will have VIP upgrades. Community members ages 27 to 40 who are looking to connect more deeply to Israel and the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community are welcome to apply.

This VIP experience in Israel is fully subsidized by the Jewish Federation. Included in the trip are hotels, meals, on-ground travel, a tour guide, programs, entertainment, tips and subsidized airfare valued at approximately $900. Participants are asked to contribute $1,000 toward the cost of their round-trip airfare and to make a meaningful contribution to the Jewish Federation’s 2017 Jewish Community Fund.

New this year: While there will be a dedicated Philadelphia Israel360 VIP bus, the group will join the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Mission to experience the true spirit of Israel with other young adults from across North America. Trip highlights will include:

  • Exclusive briefings from top Israeli newsmakers, experts and opinion leaders
  • Hands-on service opportunities
  • Meeting with the CEOs behind Israel’s latest high-tech innovations
  • Meaningful time in the holy city of Jerusalem
  • Jeep rides through the Golan Heights
  • Discover the nightlife in Tel Aviv

Applications must be completed by Sunday, April 9. To apply and to see a full itinerary, please visit jewishphilly.org/Israel360.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Gerchberg, NextGen director, at mgerchberg@jewishphilly.org.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here