Celebrate Israel@70

This year marks the 70th birthday of the State of Israel. To celebrate this exciting milestone, our Federation invited Greater MetroWest agencies and synagogues to submit proposals for funding of Israel@70 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@70 throughout the community:

Celebrate Israel Parade

Sunday, June 3 • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us as we march down Fifth Avenue! The Celebrate Israel Parade theme is “70 and Sababa!” and we would like to march as ONE community all together, registration is free to all Greater MetroWest synagogues! Please contact Justine Reuben at jreuben@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3054 to register today!


When is the Parade?
The Parade will be Sunday, June 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What is the route for the Parade?
The Parade will go up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.

What happens if it rains?
The Parade happens – RAIN OR SHINE.


Contact Justine Reuben at  or (973) 929-3054.

Havdalah Under the Stars

Saturday, April 28, 4 p.m.
Temple Har Shalom
104 Mt. Horeb Rd., Warren

Families will enjoy learning about the planets in the mobile planetarium, celebrating Havdallah, reading the popular Israeli childhood story “Hanna’s Sabbath Dress” (all families in attendance will receive a copy to take home), and making a Havdallah candle and spice sack.

Host: Temple Har Shalom

Learn more: Email stephaniec@templeharshalom.org

Living Israel: Greater MetroWest’s Celebration of Partnership

Living Israel Mega Community Celebration: Israel @ 70

Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Adath Shalom Synagogue
841 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ

Exhibits, real-time connections with Israel, art projects, games, authentic foods, activities for all ages, petting zoo, gardening

Join Us at Adath Shalom to #Celebrate Israel


Come See...Taste...Hear and Experience our Partnerships in the Negev!

Israel Police Unity Tour Kickoff • Real Time Connections with ISRAEL

Art Show and Sale from ARAD Art Exchange • Real Tme Book Group

Coffee in our Segev Shalom Bedouin Tent 

Live Music • Kosher Wine Tasting • Family Krav Maga Class

KIBBUTZ EREZ Gardening - Petting Zoo

OFAKIM Igloo (YES! There's an igloo in the desert) Art Projects 

Plus: Israeli Dancing, Authentic Food, Vendors and so much more...

Hosts: Adath Shalom Synagogue, White Meadow Temple, WAE Center
Find out more: Carol Berman at CBerman@adathshalom.net or (973) 539.8549 ext.108

Investigate Israel

Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m.
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy - 110 South Orange Ave, Livingston, NJ

Join us as for crafts, activities, stories, music, and games related to different areas in Israel. We will 'travel' the floor map of Israel to link the activities to the relevant locations and 'stamp' our passports as we go. Perfect for children ages 4-8.
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In celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday, our Global Connections department has created a series highlighting each decade of Israel’s history. We’ve included important events, interesting facts, new Hebrew words, popular songs, and even recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy reliving Israel’s seven decades of history on this website, that you’ll learn something new, and that you’ll join us at some of the community-wide celebrations taking place throughout Greater MetroWest. We’ve included important events, interesting facts, new Hebrew words, popular songs, and even recipes. We hope you’ll enjoy reliving Israel’s seven decades of history on this website, that you’ll learn something new, and that you’ll join us at some of the community-wide celebrations taking place throughout Greater MetroWest.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Israeli Flag Raising Ceremony and Town-wide Celebration

Yom Ha’atzmaut Israeli Flag Raising Ceremony and Town-wide Celebration

Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.
Livingston Oval & Library
(Temple Beth Shalom in case of inclement weather)

This event is free and open to the community and includes Pey Daled Concert for children and adults, kosher food trucks, Israeli technology showcase, Gaga, Krav Maga, children’s activities, community graffiti art mural project by Artists4Israel, Livingston/Israeli Police Unity Tour, and Israeli flag-raising ceremony.

Hosts: Suburban Torah, Bnai Jeshurun, NCSY, Agudath Israel, JWAC, Beth Shalom, Temple Sinai, Etz Chaim, Bnai Abraham, Kushner Academy, Golda Och Academy, and Livingston High School

Learn more here or email Livingstoncelebratesisrael@gmail.com
Download Flyer


Yom Ha’atzmaut at the Y!

Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m.
YM-YWHA of Union County
501 Green Lane, Union

A combined community-wide program between the JEC and the Y. Yom Hazikaron ceremony followed by Yom Ha’atzmaut performance by The Y Studs. Children's (Israeli) activities including special craft projects, JEC Choir, vendors, and Kosher food available to purchase.

Hosts: Jewish Educational Center and YM-YWHA of Union County

Learn more: email or call (908) 289-8112

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration — Israeli-style Picnic

Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m.
Watchung Reservation, Watchung

You are invited to celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday with the Greater MetroWest community at an Israeli style BBQ Potluck.

Fun activities, outdoor games, inflatables, arts and crafts, and many more children's activities led by the counselors and Rishonim of Shevet Arava — Israeli Scouts chapter of Greater MetroWest, and by the teachers and the Shlicha of Ofek — Israeli school. BBQ, Israeli-style picnic, Israeli music, third annual Backgammon tournament, and much more.

Hosts: TBD

Learn more:
additional details/register (registration required)
email anati8@yahoo.com or call (908) 230-2581


Israeli @ 70 Festival @ GRTWA

Sunday, April 22, noon
Gottesman RTW Academy
146 Dover Chester Rd., Randolph

Experience exotic aromas and tastes of authentic Israeli food; enjoy live entertainment; learn Israeli folk dancing; shop the Israeli marketplace for art, jewelry, and crafts made by Israeli artisans; enjoy a variety of children’s activities; and learn more about Jewish Camp, Synagogue Resources, and PJ Library. Fun for adults and children of all ages. Admission is free! Bring your friends and family!

Be sure to RSVP here for this very special event at Gottesman RTW Academy.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Teen Party

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m
JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Ave., West Orange​

Free admission and open to teens age 14-18

Learn more

Host: Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Community-Wide Yom HaZikaron Observance & Yom Haatzmaut Celebration

Wednesday, April 18, 6:45 p.m.
AABJD, 700 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052

The Orthodox synagogues of Livingston, West Orange and Springfield will join together to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Haatzmaut. the evening will begin with a Yom Hazikaron commemoration, followed by by a speaker, then followed by a student choir, inspiration Tefillah and finally live music and refreshments. There will also be programming for children.

Hosts: Suburban Torah, AABJD, Ohr Torah, Congregation Israel, Etz Chaim

Learn more:
download flyer
email rabbimischel@suburbantorah.org



CAI Celebrates Israel's 70th Birthday with a performance by the Maccabeats

Wednesday, April 18, 7:45 p.m.
Congregation Agudath Israel
20 Academy Rd., Caldwell

Please Register here.

Host: Congregation Agudath Israel
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Sonia Kurland Memorial Yom Ha’Atzmaut Concert*

Thursday, April 19, 12:30 p.m.
JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Ave., West Orange

Sing, dance and Celebrate Israel at 70 with Friends of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) Musical Ensemble!

Dessert reception following program. Limited seating. Advance registration recommended.

To register contact Susan Wallenstein at 973-530-3474 or swallenstein@jccmetrowest.org

*Made possible by the Kurland family and Friends of IDF, not a Federation grant.

Celebrate Israel

Sunday, April 15, 9 a.m.
Morristown Jewish Center
​177 Speedwell Ave., Morristown (new location due to inclement weather)

This event is free and open to the community and includes activities for children and adults, music and Yom Haatzmaut ceremony.

Hosts: Morristown Jewish Center, Temple B’nai Or, and Mount Freedom Jewish Center

From Desert Trekkies to Modern Techies

Sunday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.
Temple Beth Am
879 South Beverwyck Rd., Parsippany

This collaborative family education experience is open to the community. Learning stations will highlight the evolution of ancient Israel to the modern country Israel is today, focusing on its contributions to the world.
Hosts: Temple Shalom (Succasunna), Temple Beth Am

Yom Ha’atzmaut — A Flight to Israel in a Day

Monday, April 16, 4 p.m.
Fran and Howard Muser Religious School at Temple Beth Shalom
193 East Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston

Participants will sample Israel in a day. They will rotate through various sessions, getting a different experience at each, including: art, airplane, Ben Yehuda Street, and trivia.

Host: Temple Beth Shalom

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Yom Hazikaron

Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.

JCC MetroWest, Leon & Toby Cooperman Building
760 Northfield Ave., West Orange

Join the Community to Remember the Fallen – Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s day of public mourning. All are encouraged to join us – and visiting teen delegations from Israel – for a meaningful, song-filled program followed by an interactive discussion of the ways we honor and memorialize Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks.

Hosts: Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest

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