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Happy Birthday, Israel!

Posted by kneidalach on May 6, 2008

Wednesday, May 7

7pm-10pm Yom HaAtzma’ut Concert
7:00 pm – Yom HaZikaron Ceremony
8:00 pm – Yom HaAtzma’ut Concert
A concert featuring acclaimed singer and musician Rabbi Joe Black, in honor of Yom HaAtzma’ut (Israeli Independence Day). 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.
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center Auditorium

Levy Family Campus
14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos –

(408 357-7534


Thursday, May 8

11:30am-1:30pm Israel @ 60 in Foothill College
The state of Israel is turning 60 and we are celebrating on campus!
We will have:
a LIVE performance of Israeli rap
a DJ
rock climbing
and a LIVE performance of belly dancing
This whole thing is for everyone on campus for FREE
so come join JIFF at celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaot (independence day)!!!
Foothill Campus Center Plaza, Foothill College (12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills)
For more info, call 6504650572 or (650)2834751

11am-1pm Yom HaAtzmaut celebration @ Stanford
Come to White Plaza for free falafel and a celebration of Israel’s historic 60th birthday!
at the white plaza in Stanford. [By Stanford Israel Alliance]

5pm-9pm Israel Independence Day Celebration
5:00 pm – Festivities begin
7:00 pm – Program and concert
Get your passport to Israel’s 60th birthday. Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut Israeli-style in a Peninsula-wide, community celebration:

FREE children’s activities
Live uplifting music by “The Pittot” band
Bring your “shekels” for the Israel Shouk, featuring food, art, jewelry, books and more!
Featuring Israeli Singer/Songwriter Miki Gavrielov

Temple Beth Jacob
1550 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Redwood City –
Contact Nirit Kedem, Israel Connection Director, for more information:
(650) 852-3508

7pm-10pm It’s Now or Never- Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival

This film about Israel’s founding is suitable for family viewing. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at Brown Paper Tickets, or for $11 at the door. Student and senior discounts available.
Camera 7 Cinema, Pruneyard Shopping Center, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., Campbell
More info

Saturday, May 10

6pm-1am-  ISO/Stanford party
We’re going to have food, music, a movie, dancing, great people…. and it’s all FREE!!!
The party will have two parts:
1st event (GCC), 6-9pm:
-Food: BBQ, Falafel, Cafe Aroma!!!
-Israeli Movie: 7:30 – 8:30pm
-Activities for kids with prizes

2nd event (Hillel i.e. Koret Pavillion at the Ziff Center?), 9pm – 1am:
-Live Israeli music with Ya Rock band!
-More sweets and Israeli snacks.

8pm-11:30pm Community Dance for Teens

Dance for teens ages 14-18 in honor of Israel’s 60th Independence Day.
Free refreshments and free Israeli treats. Glow sticks, bracelets and necklaces will be sold for $1-2. Admission is free, but RSVP to David Marash-Whitman at dmwkehillah@yahoo.com
or 408.234.3841.
Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
More info

8pm – 2am Israel@60 Party at Second Saturday,
(Free appetizers at
6:30pm)Looking to pre-party before the Yom Ha’Atzmeut celebration on May 11?  Join SVYAD, SF YAD, and a million other organizations for a party on Saturday night, May 10 at the Cellar (685 Sutter St.) in SF.  $10 admission, and the first 70 people get a free Israel goodie bag.  The appetizers will be at the Sugar Café. 
More info.


Sunday, May 11

9:30am Walk for Israel

Show your support for Israel with a walk from Congregation Shir Hadash, through Vasona Park, and ending at the JCC in time for the Israel @ 60 Festival. There will be a shuttle to take you back to your car. The walk is free, but RSVP to walk@shirhadash.org.
Walk begins at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos
More Information

11am-3pm Community-Wide Yom Ha’Atzmeut Celebration,
Israeli food, games, music and more!  Celebrate Israel’s 60th with the entire South Bay Jewish community.  Look for us at the SVYAD Beer Garden.  For more information, email Jonathan at
svyad@jvalley.org. The event will take place at the Levy Family Campus in Los Gatos (14855 Oka Rd.).

Israel: Then And Now

Sunday, May 11  during the Israel@60 Festival
Join us for speakers and a film on topics related to Israel.
1:00 pm – Charlie Kirschner of AIPAC speaks on “The Historic Moment of 1948.”
2:00 pm – Panel on Current Trends in Israel-Silicon Valley High-Tech Ventures, with Shuly Galili, Jacques Benkoski, Josef Friedman, and Jacob Tanz.
3:00 pm      It’s About Time, a one-hour film on Israeli time.
Addison-Penzak JCC Auditorium, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos
More info

 Hillel of Silicon Valley Celebrates Israel @ 60
Hillel will be sponsoring celebrations this week and next week at San Jose State University, Foothill College, and De Anza College.
More Information

DeAnza events:
On the main quad
Contact: 4088963533

May 13th 11:30 -1:30pm – Climb the “Mt. Masada” climbing wall, eat some DELICIOUS falafel and listen to some great music!

May 14th 11:30 -1:30pm – Come and taste Israeli chocolate, get a henna tattoo, play the Israel trivia and listen to some rocking music!

May 15th 11:30 -1:30pm – Stop by the Israel booths with do it yourself take home gifts, as well as tons of giveaways and did I mention the great music? THIS IS ONE CELEBRATION YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!!








One Response to “Happy Birthday, Israel!”

  1. For a few more events for Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzma’ut around the Bay Area visit the Jews’ Next Dor Blog.

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