This April marks 70 years since the creation of the state of Israel. In addition, we will commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) that month.

Here’s a list of some of many activities we have in store for Israel’s 70th and the other holidays.
April 12 — Yom Hashoah Commemoration at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center, Highlands.

April 16 —92nd Street Y DVD program “Israel 100 Years After Belfour Declaration”

April 18—Community April 4 — Reading Jewish Film Series screening of “Fanny’s Journey”. A Holocaust drama to be shown at 7 p.m. at Fox East.

April 9 — From Coexistence to Shared Society. Join us at Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom at 7 p.m. for a special lecture on the efforts of institutions in Israel to move towards engagement between Jewish and Arab youth. Featuring Mohammad Darawshe, Director of the Center for Equality & Shared Society, Givat Haviva.

Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut commemoration at 7 p.m. at the JCC.

April 22—Community Israel 70 Celebration! Join us at RCOS from 1-4 p.m. for a fun afternoon celebrating Israel! Pella, an a capella group will lead singing and dancing at 2 p.m. There will be a special PJ Library kids station, photos from IsraAID, and Israeli food.

April 30 — Movie Monday: “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference”

The community is also invited to celebrate Israel’s 70th with Philadelphia at a special event in King of Prussia on Sunday, May 6.

We also plan to continue the fun and celebration throughout the year with special Israeli themed summer movies and an August bus trip to New York City to see “The Band’s Visit”. This hit Broadway musical is base on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name. Be sure to join us for these great events!

Watch for more details to follow in the April Shalom.