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Israel@60: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut in the Bay Area, California 2008

Posted by challahbackgirl on May 6, 2008

In honor, memory and appreciation of all of Israel’s soldiers and defenders. Thanks

South Bay Community Events for Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut

Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) Ceremony, May 7th at 7:00pm in the APJCC auditorium. Youth choir from the community, local clergy, musicians, and Israeli soliders will participate. Free.

Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day) Concert, May 7th at 8:00pm in the APJCC auditorium, featuring acclaimed singer & musician Rabbi Joe Black. Rabbi Black is a vibrant force in today’s contemporary Jewish music scene. A dynamic performer and lyrical composer, Rabbi Black has produced several critically acclaimed albums of Jewish music. HIs work draws from American folk and pop traditions. Free.

“Srulik @ 60” – Israel This is your Life, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School is celebrating Yom Haatzmaut with a musical performance featuring “Srulik @ 60” – Israel This is your Life. Come join us in celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday celebration on Wednesday evening, May 7th at 6:00 p.m.  at Saratoga High School’s McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, 20300 Herriman Avenue, Saratoga. Enjoy the Kindergarten through 8th grades entertaining presentations of “Srulik @ 60”- Israel This Is Your Life…we’ll see you there!
Contact for questions or comments.

Film about the founding of Israel, shown by the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, May 8th at 7:30pm at the Camera 7 Cinema in Campbell. The film’s title is “It’s Now or Never.” This docu-drama — which is suitable for family viewing — depicts the crucial and dramatic six months before the State of Israel was inaugurated. It shows the decision-making process and the fierce debate among the young country’s leadership and political parties. Arrive early (7:00pm) and be treated to music by Ya Elah, a musical group that combines the beautiful prayers of many traditions with Balkan & Middle Eastern musical styles. Tickets to the film may be purchased in advance at the Brown Paper Tickets website, or by calling 1.800.838.3006. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Prices for tickets purchased in advance are $10 general admission, $8.50 senior, $5 student. Prices at the door are $11 general admission, $9.50 senior, $5.50 student. For more information, contact Lisa Ceile Goldfus at or 408.357.7492.

Community Teen Dance, May 10th from 8:00pm-11:30pm in the JCC gymnasium for ages 14-18. Admission is free, and there will be free refreshments as well as free Israeli treats. Glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces will be sold for $1-2. Additionally, there will be a raffle for Israel t-shirts and a grand prize donated from Best Buy. All profits will go to the Yemin Orde youth village in Israel. The dance is organized by the Jewish Teen Coalition. For details, contact David Marash-Whitman of the Jewish Teen Coalition at or 408.234.3841.

Walk for Israel, May 11th starting at 9:30am at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. The walk will begin with music, dancing and the opportunity to view murals of Israel for a virtual tour of the country. Participants will then begin a pleasant, shady walk from Congregation Shir Hadash, through Vasona Park, ending at the JCC in time for the Israel@60 Festival. Free water, sun visors and sunscreen for all participants. You can also purchase a kit with walk t-shirt, commemorative water bottle, and sling bag for $5 in advance or $6 at the event. For more information, see the Walk for Israel Questions & Answers flyer. The walk is free but participants are asked to RSVP to

Hillel of Silicon Valley is also sponsoring several Israel@60 events for college students, including:
Speaker at SJSU: Noam Bedein, journalist and resident of Sderot, will talk about life in Sderot following the Gaza withdrawal. Monday, April 28th, from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Martin Luther King Library, 5th floor Shiro Room.
“Climb Masada” climbing wall at SJSU: Noon-2:00pm at the Barbecue Pits at 7th Street & San Carlos on the San Jose State University campus.
SJSU Celebrates Israel@60: Falafel, dru

mming circle, educational booth, games, cake cutting, on Tuesday, May 6th, from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Barbecue Pits at 7th Street & San Carlos on the San Jose State University campus.
Israel@60 Celebration at Foothill College on Thursday, May 8th, from 11:30am-1:30pm, at Foothill College’s Campus Center Plaza. Israeli music, “Climb Masada,” Kosha Dillz concert, falafel, henna painting, and more.
Israel@60 Celebrations at De Anza College on May 13th, 14th and 15th at lunchtime on the Main Quad in front of the library. May 13th: Climb Masada Climbing Wall, music with Yevgeniy Spektor, falafel. May 14th: Chocolate tasting and Israeli trivia. May 15th: Experience Israel through hands-on activities.

Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut Around the Bay

Young Adult Second Saturday for Israel
Recent Art from Israel
Now through July 27
Judah Magnes Museum
2911 Russell St., Berkeley

Yom HaZikharon–Israel Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Beth Abraham
327 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Join us as we remember those who have fallen in defense of the State of Israel.
Admission is free. For more information: or call 510.839.2900 ext. 253.
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay’s Israel Center.

WIZO Party

Israel Fest 2008
Thursday, May 8, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth El
2301 Oxford Street, Berkeley
Enjoy a light Israeli dinner and dance to the beat of Israeli music
Cheer Jeremy Shafer’s spectacular, interactive show for children
See the award-winning documentary “Exodus 1947.” Guest Speaker: Director and screenwriter Elizabeth Rodgers
Admission is free. For more information:
Sponsors: Bridges to Israel–Berkeley, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, Jewish Community Foundation, JCC of the East Bay, JCRC/East Bay Region, Oakland Hebrew Day School, Tehiyah Day School

ISO Party

Israel in the Gardens
Sunday, June 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
Enjoy Israeli music through live all-day performances; participate in a variety of activities for teens, young adults and families. Admission is free. For more information:
Sponsors include the Israel Center/San Francisco, the Jewish Community Federation/San Francisco, the Consulate General of Israel, the JCRC, Tzavta and the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation of the Greater East Bay


One Response to “Israel@60: Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut in the Bay Area, California 2008”

  1. See Israel@61 celebrations for 2009

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