Seventy years ago on Iyar 14, 5708 / May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was created with the signing of its Declaration of Independence.
To mark “Israel @ 70”, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago sponsored events across the Chicagoland area, including a partnership with JCCWRP, JCC Chicago and the Associated Talmud Torahs in West Rogers Park.
The afternoon was packed with family fun which included a main stage concert by Israeli singing star Gad Elbaz, Israel themed activities and crafts, kosher food, giveaways and more.
Due to inclement weather forecasts, the event was moved indoors, but that did not limit the fun or crowds! Over 500 attendees packed the Bernard Norwich JCC and a great time was had by all.
It is thanks to the advocacy work of JCCWRP, that initiatives of this kind are brought to our neighborhood. In the past, many synagogues, schools and organizations have planned individual programs, but we felt it important that there be a large concert and celebration befitting this milestone and its significance.
Future celebrations for Israel @ 70 are being planned in coordination with the Consulate of Israel, and we look forward to sharing information as they are finalized.
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