This countywide celebration, marking Israel’s 70th anniversary, will feature special guests, exhibits, speakers, interactive workshops, performances and various children’s activities (including a toddler room). Kosher food, including Jewish Mediterranean food, will be available.
There will be something for everyone -- activities throughout the day will include a musical performance of the children’s book, “Ella’s Journey to Israel,” a lecture about the history of Israel through song, a Krav Maga (Israeli self-defense) session, and a photo exhibit showcasing the moving work of photographers documenting the diversity in Israel today. Take a virtual hike through Israel on “Shvil Yisrael,” participate in “My Tie,” a collaborative art project using ribbons to express personal feelings about Israel.
Snacks and entertainment will be available at the Machane Yehuda shuk (reminiscent of a traditional Israeli open air marketplace), where there will be opening and closing ceremonies, including greetings from dignitaries. In addition to snack stalls and continuous entertainment through the afternoon (music, dance, a photo booth, children’s face painting and spray tattoos), there will also be “Midrash Manicures” (Israel themed nail decals and nail polish designs) and inflatables. In addition, there will be a grand exhibition of Israeli products and Judaica for sale.
The lead sponsor is UJA-Federation of New York. Sponsoring partners include AJC Westchester, Friends of Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), Jewish National Fund (JNF), Lisa and Michael Leffell Family Foundation, StandWithUs, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Israel Bonds, Hadassah Westchester, AIPAC and Tel Aviv-Yafo Foundation.