Happy birthday Israel! Can you believe it's been 74 years since Israel's Declaration of Independence? Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, is a day to celebrate the history, beauty and resilience of the State of Israel. This year, join your community, family and friends to celebrate Israel's birthday with the below festivities. Get ready to enjoy Israeli-themed music, food, dance and so much more.
From Yom HaZikaron to Yom Ha'atzmaut
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Tekes Ma'avar (Ceremony): 6:45 p.m.
Tefillah Chagigat (Celebratory Tefillah): 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kohelet Yeshiva, Merion Station, PA
Mark the transition from the solemn nature of Israel’s Memorial Day to the joyous character of Israel’s Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is delighted to partner with Kohelet Yeshiva for this evening that will begin with a tribute to the fallen soldiers and those who currently serve, including the school's alumni, in the IDF and National Service. The program will be followed by live music, featuring BaRock Orchestra, dancing and delicious Israeli food. This commemoration and celebration will include the unveiling of a unique and extraordinary piece of artwork, commissioned by Stacey and Amir Goldman. To learn more, click here.
Honoring Local Jewish Heroes
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: Har Zion Temple
Celebrate Israel's independence by honoring the local IDF heroes who have served and protected the country, including NextGen Chair Adam Klazmer. To register, click here.
Israel's Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, May 8, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kaiserman JCC
Looking for a way to go all out for Israel's big 7-4? Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with the Israeli American Council, also known as IAC! Supported by the Jewish Federation through an Israel Engagement Grant, get excited for this evening of Israeli dancing, music, and activities for the whole family. Remember to bring your own blanket and chair for the event. To learn more and register, click here.
Bucks County Jewish Festival 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
You can still show your love for Israel, even after Yom Ha’atzmaut! Bring the whole family to appreciate Israeli culture while enjoying a jam-packed Jewish community festival. Among an array of activities, there will also be Israeli-themed food, craft vendors, music and more. To learn more and register, click here.
Mesiba: Israel Independence & Lag B'Omer Fest
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Fabrika, Philadelphia, PA
Why celebrate one Jewish holiday, when you can celebrate two?! The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is partnering with The Chevra and 15 other organizations for a single night of 3 epic-themed parties in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Lag B'omer. Come for the Israel happy hour, urban campfire and concert. To learn more and register, click here.
Israel 75 Mission
May 14-21, 2023
Already revved up for next year's Yom Yom Ha’atzmaut? We have you covered with an eight-day journey to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jewish State’s founding by experiencing Israel your way with a customized track that speaks to your unique passions and interests.
Ready to register for the mission? To sign up, click here.
To learn more at an information session, click here.
David Horovitz Web Series
Monday, May 16, 2022 | 12:00 p.m.
Interested in learning about the latest issues facing Israel and the Jewish people? Join the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for a Webinar with David Horovitz, Founding Editor of the online newspaper The Times of Israel, to hear about the recent uptick in terror in Israel, the status of the current coalition government, the war in Ukraine and Iran's nuclear ambitions. To learn more and register, click here.
You don't have to board a plane to get to know Israel. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia brings Israel right to you! Learn more about the Jewish Federation's Israel engagement programs here.