Celebrate Israel@71

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:


Yom HaZikaron Commemoration

Tuesday, May 7 • 7 p.m.

JCC MetroWest
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.

Temple Emanu-El

An Evening with Yossi Klein Halevi

Wednesday, May 15 • 7:30 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El
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 jgrussgott@tewnj.org or click here.

RSVP at www.tewnj.org/yossi-klein-halevi

Israeli Scouts

Israel Celebrates 71

Sunday, May 12 • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Watchung Reservation
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.shevet.arava@gmail.com or metrowestisraelischool@gmail.com.


Livingston Celebrates Israel at 71

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.

Temple Beth O'r-Beth Torah

Dance, Eat, Pray!

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.

Beth Shalom

Yom Ha’atzmaut with “A Flight to Israel in a Day”

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.

For more information call (973) 992-4571, email amiller@tbsnj.org or click here.

JCC Central

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Shlomo Lipetz, Team Israel pitcher

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 rzucker@jccnj.org, (908) 889-8800 x253, or click here.

Temple B'nai Or

Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Celebration

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 cantor@templebnaior.org or David Iskovitz at davidiskovitz@templebnaior.org.

Adath Shalom

Musical Israel Celebration: Yom Ha’atzmaut/Israel’s Independence Day!

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

Info/RSVP: PJorlett@adathshalom.net or click here.


Gottesman RTW Academy

Israel Festival 2019

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 nbacharach@grtwacademy.org.

Register at http://grtwacademy.org/israelfestival