Jewish Federation of Cleveland Announces Israel at 70 Series to Celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday

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Year-long celebration for Clevelanders of all backgrounds includes concert by Israeli superstar David Broza and the first-ever IsraelFest!

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, together with local synagogues, agencies, and organizations, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence through a series of community-wide arts, cultural, and educational events – known collectively as the “Israel at 70” series. The series is designed to enable Clevelanders of all backgrounds to enjoy and celebrate the rich history, heritage, and culture of Israel and the Jewish people.

“We’re excited to mark this milestone anniversary through a wide range of programs that include lectures, theater, art exhibits, and much more,” said Renny Wolfson, Co-Chair of the Federation’s Israel at 70 committee.

“This year, we will hold two separate events this year in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day,” said Mitch Frankel, Co-Chair of the Federation’s Israel at 70 committee. “On April 19, Israeli superstar David Broza will be performing live at Landerhaven and, on May 6, we host the first-ever IsraelFest!, which will feature food, games, music, and vendors selling hand-made crafts in a fun, carnival-like atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.”

Upcoming events include:

Women in STEM: 71st Annual Meeting of the Community Relations Committee & Sidney Z. Vincent Memorial Lecture
March 20, 7:00 pm at Cleveland Museum of Natural History Great Lakes Science Center President & CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen moderates a panel discussion on the current role of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), both locally and in Israel, and the critical need to cultivate a new generation of women leaders in these fields.

David Broza Live
April 19, 7:30 pm at Landerhaven
Israeli superstar David Broza returns to Cleveland for an unforgettable night of music. He will be joined by Tamar Eisenman and Maya Isac, two fast-rising stars in the Israeli rock music scene, who are making their Cleveland debut.

Ambassador Dani Dayan at the 114th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland
April 26, 7:30 pm at Fuchs Mizrachi School
Amb. Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, will discuss “Israel at 70.” In addition, the Federation will present the Charles Eisenman Award for Exceptional Community Service to S. Lee Kohrman.

May 6 at Mandel JCC’s Safran Park
The first-ever IsraelFest! will offer an afternoon shopping at the Israeli marketplace, eating delicious kosher food, arts and crafts, Israeli dancing, and more.

June 21 – July 8 at the Dobama Theatre
The American premiere of the award-winning play that takes an intimate look at the hopes and heartbreak, feelings and fears of an Israeli family and the community that surrounds them as they prepare for an Independence Day party at their home.

Plans call for the Israel at 70 series to continue through April 2019. An ever-expanding calendar of events for all ages can be found at: www.jewishcleveland.org/israelat70. For more information, contact Daniel Larson at dlarson@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2904.

Guided by Jewish values, the Federation’s Community Relations Committee  (CRC) works with people of all faiths and ethnicities to build a more just and civil society through advocacy, volunteer, and community building initiatives. Israel at 70 Co-Chairs are Annemarie and Renny Wolfson and Sue and Mitch Frankel.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is a 110+ year old community cornerstone that aspires to leave no community member behind. Rooted in traditional Jewish values of justice (tzedek), repairing the world (tikkun olam), acts of loving kindness (gemilut hesed), and Jewish peoplehood (klal yisrael), we commit our values into action every day. By honoring and respecting those who have come before us, and paving the way for those who will come after, we exist to build a better world and care for those who share it. We are the only Jewish organization that considers the needs of our community as a whole and plans for its future.

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