This year marks the 71st birthday of the State of Israel. To celebrate, our Federation invited Greater MetroWest agencies and synagogues to submit proposals for funding of Israel@71 programming. The goal was to increase the quality of our community’s local programing while, at the same time, create a mosaic of Israel’s culture, history, and modern society that is accessible to the widest audience possible.
Here are the exciting and varied programs celebrating Israel@71 throughout the community:
Tuesday, May 7 • 7 p.m.
Maurice Levin Theater
760 Northfield Ave., West Orange
Join the Greater MetroWest community as we remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Following the ceremony, all are welcome to join us for a discussion exploring the meaning of Yom HaZikaron through Israeli music. We will also gratefully accept any donations of packaged sweets and snacks to send to Greater MetroWest lone soldiers in Israel.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact us at (973) 929-3054.
Wednesday, May 15 • 7:30 p.m.
756 East Broad St, Westfield
Join us as we engage with prize-winning Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi to discuss the future of American Jewry and Israel.
For more information call (908) 232-6770, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
RSVP at www.tewnj.org/yossi-klein-halevi
Sunday, May 12 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Historic Trail, Mountainside
Hosted by Shevet Arava and Ofek Israeli School
Israeli style BBQ Potluck and fun activities for the whole family.
For more information contact Tzofim.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 9 • 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Livingston Town Hall, 357 S Livingston Ave.
Craft & Activities fair, sports and games, Israeli dancing, Jack’s petting farm, Turtle Back zoo enrichment, Barry Schwartz enrichment. Indoor concert Livingston Town Hall, Israeli Jazz Trio, Israeli flag raising ceremony, Hatikvah by children’s choir.
For more information email Livingstoncelebratesisrael@gmail.com or click here.
Thursday, May 9 • 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Temple Beth O'r - Beth Torah
111 Valley Road, Clark
Israeli dancing led by Elyse Litt, enjoy falafel and other treats. Special prayers and songs led by Cantor Steve Stern.
For more information call (732) 381-8403 or click here.
Monday, May 6 • 4 - 6 p.m.
The Fran & Howard Muser Religious School at Temple Beth Shalom Livingston
193 East Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston
Sample the sights, sounds, and tastes of Israel. Enjoy the art of Israel by decorating a hamsa, visit Ben Yehuda Street and create your own iron-on T-shirt, test your knowledge of Israel by competing in an interactive trivia game and much more.
Monday, May 6 • 7:30 p.m.
Rialto NewVision Theatre, 250 East Broad St., Westfield
Shlomo Lipetz, who pitched for Team Israel alongside Jewish-American baseball players, will join us for a free Q&A after the screening of Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel.
For more information contact Randi Zucker at email@example.com, (908) 889-8800 x253, or click here.
Sunday, May 5 • 10 a.m. - noon
Temple B'nai Or
60 Overlook Rd., Morristown
The Kahal will enjoy a variety of stations that will include dancing, cooking, crafts, and other surprises.
For more information contact Cantor Galit Dadoun Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Iskovitz at email@example.com.
Sunday, May 5 • 1 p.m.
Congregation Adath Shalom
841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains (right off Rt. 10)
Celebrate Israel’s diversity with Morris County’s diverse Jewish communities. Special Musical Guests: Pharaoh’s Daughter - A joyful, funky, inspiring world-beat, 70’s rock, Mediterranean, Hasidic, Israeli musical adventure!
Host: Congregation Adath Shalom
Sunday, April 14 • noon – 4 p.m.
Gottesman Academy, 146 Dover Chester Rd., Randolph
Family fun day highlighting the sites and sounds of Israel with Israeli dancing, henna, Israeli food court, vendor fair, Rishonim and IDF obstacle course, and Little Gym of Roxbury.
For more information contact Naomi Bacharach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register at http://grtwacademy.org/israelfestival