EN190510 Yom Haatzmut Celebrations

Israel@71 Celebration a Huge Success!

Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut, is honored by huge celebrations and Columbus’ Jewish community kicked it off in a grand way at the JCC on Thursday, May 9. The festivities started with kid’s activities hosted by JewishColumbus’ PJ Library, PJ Our Way, Columbus Jewish Day School and Columbus Torah Academy in the JCC gym. More than 300 kids and family members had a blast getting ‘tourist’ pictures taken, playing Gaga—the Israeli version of dodgeball; challenging themselves to an IDF basic training obstacle course-themed bounce house; toddlers explored a bounce house version of a kibbutz; there was a Lego spaceship flying in celebration of Israel’s first attempt at a moon landing this past year; Israeli birthday cookie decorating; Israeli dancing; music by Marc Rossio aka The Marvelous Toy and delicious food.

The party continued into the evening for adults at the JCC with an event celebrating Israel “Through the Ages.”  The event was an amazing demonstration of our community’s vibrancy, strength and the passion that exists in Columbus for Israel. Through the collective efforts of dozens of dedicated volunteers and Committee members, a standing-room only crowd of over 350 honored the bonds between Columbus and Israel together.

By bringing the history of Israel and highlighting her accomplishments from the establishment of the state though to today, people were able to see the incredible phenomenon of Israel as a leader in many ways, from technology to food, environmental conservation to music. Attendees viewed a special photo exhibition featuring Columbusites throughout the history of Israel. Some of Columbus’ most incredible individuals were honored for their inspiring pro-Israel work during the 12 Torches ceremony. Finally the crowd danced the night away to the unique and high-energy music of Gili Yalo and his band. There was truly something for everybody, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

This Wednesday night, May 15, 6-9 PM, Young Jewish Columbus will continue the Israel@71 celebration downtown at the Walrus for their annual Blue and White Bar Night; this community party for young Jewish professionals will feature Israeli decorations and club music. Reservations for the event can be made at JewishColumbus.org/blueandwhite.

For additional information about PJ Library and its programs, contact Alyssa Russell at alyssa@JewishColumbus.org. For more information about Israel & Overseas programming, contact Merav Livneh-Dill at merav@JewishColumbus.org. For more information about Young Jewish Columbus, contact Hannah Pierce at hannah@JewishColumbus.org.