Free, Family-friendly Community-wide Celebration of Israel’s Independence, Monday Evening, May 9

April 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

On Monday, May 9, 2011, the entire Jewish community is invited to come together to honor those who have fallen defending the Jewish homeland and celebrate Israel’s 63rd anniversary.  Entitled Israel Is…, the free events begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Park Synagogue – Main, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights.

The evening begins with Yom Hazikaron (6:00 – 6:35 p.m.), or Day of Remembrance, a memorial ceremony for those who lost their lives protecting the State of Israel, as well as in terrorist attacks.

Yom Ha’atzmaut (6:35 – 9:00 p.m.), or Israel’s Independence Day, is a festivity that marks the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.  Headlining this year’s celebration is the Israeli music group, The Shimons, in their first U.S. appearance.  Other festivities include arts & crafts, strolling entertainers, Israeli dancing, Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band, PJ Library Raffle, Magen David Adom ambulance, an Israeli food court and a marketplace with Israeli and local vendors.

The evening is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and The Park Synagogue with the generous support of Michael Zweig, J.P.Morgan, the Cleveland Jewish News as well as 40 local synagogues, schools, agencies and organizations.

Co-chairs of the event are Reneé Chelm, Lydia Frankel and Becky Heller.  Reservations are not required.  For more information visit


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