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It’s time to mark your calendars for the annual Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration, Wednesday, May 8 at the Jewish Community Center! Festivities start with the carnival in the JCC Gym at 5:30 p.m. for families with young children not in religious school.There are Israel-related activities throughout the gym, a bounce house and food for purchase from Star
Catering, with one special detail:

“Thanks to a brainstorming session with some of my JWRP sisters,” Cultural Arts Director Esther Katz said, “we decided to bring the Shuk to the JCC! Children will earn coins, ‘shekels’, at the various games, rather than tickets, and take those coins to the ‘shuk,’ where they can buy prizes with their shekels. The carnival is for toddlers through middle schoolers. There is something fun for everyone.”
At 6 p.m., we will pause everything for the Yom Hazikaron ceremony. Clergy from all synagogues will lead a fifteen-minute ceremony to commemorate fallen soldiers. Afterwards, Carnival fun will continue with a dance party (there will be a DJ!) and more games.
The Hebrew School schedule for all synagogues is as follows:
    4-6: p.m. 3rd through 6th graders and Beth El 7th graders – Snack and Activities in JCC Auditorium
    6-6:15 p.m. Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in JCC Gym
    6:15-7:30 p.m. Carnival with parent supervision
Hebrew High School 8th-12th grade and Temple 7th grade:
    6-6:15 p.m. Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in the JCC Gym
    6:15 p.m. head up to the JCC auditorium
    6:30-7 p.m. dinner and group activity with Israeli teen delegation
    7-8 p.m. Trivia contest
JFO Shlicha Ron Lugasy said: “We’re all so excited to make this year’s celebration as educational as possible! We’ll be training the 3rd through 7th graders for the IDF. They will learn the spirit and values of the IDF, learn some Krav Maga and practice breaking a code. They will learn to work together during a relay race and there will be a mock ceremony at the end.”
Helping out with the entire program will be the teen delegation from Israel.
“Nine teenagers from the Western Galilee are staying with host families from May 6th through the 9th,” Ron said, “and they will join our Hebrew High students at the Trivia Contest.”
There is no cost for community members to attend and everyone is welcome. Community members who want to participate in the Trivia contest, please RSVP to lsullivan@jewishoma
The Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebrations are made possible through the generosity of the Herbert Goldsten Trust, the Murray H. and Sharee C. Newman Supporting Foundation and the Albert and Eleanor Feldman Family Israel Foundation.