The Upper West Side comes together to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day. New Yorkers will celebrate the rich and complex culture, history, and people of Israel at events throughout the Upper West Side sponsored by neighborhood synagogues, schools, and Jewish organizations. Convened by The JCC in Manhattan in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation of New York, our celebration begins on April 11 and culminates in a concert on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 pm, headlined by Grammy Award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari.
Grammy Award Winner Miri Ben-Ari headlines the culminating concert of UWS celebrates Israel @65. Joining her are visionary composer and virtuoso musician Omer Avital and cultural innovator Yair Harel, along with Kol Dodi, a unique Israeli Moroccan, Yemenite and Ethiopian musical ensemble, led by Mika Karni, one of Israel's favorite female vocalists.
Outdoor street fair begins at 4 pm outside and with an after party sponsored by Yarden, Inc. at Bar Thalia.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013, 6:30-8 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Peter Norton Symphony Space 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
$5 in advance / $10 at the door
Advance ticket purchase strongly recommended
Programs marked "full" are completely sold out. Indoor programs marked "call for info" have limited space for walk-ins. Concert tickets are available through the Symphony Space box office at http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7897-uws-celebrates-israel-65-the-concert and for the Israel Film Center through http://www.israelfilmcenter.org/festival2013. For full presenters bios click here.
Sunday, April 14
A Children's Experience of the
Wonders of Israel
The Society for the Advancement of Judaism, Beit Rabban Day School and The Jewish Journey Project
Apr 14, 10 am-3:30 pm
Come engage with Israel through the arts, music and storytelling as children and families explore and learn through three age-appropriate tracks for children ages 2-12.
Visit The JCC in Manhattan for original Israel-themed experiences.
Apr 14, 10:30 am-5pm
Martial arts class with James Sherman.
Apr 14, 10:30 am
Zshuk Art Initiative
Enjoy innovative Russian-Israeli workshops for kids.
Apr 14, 11 am
Favorite Foods of Israel
A culinary experience with Chef Shaya Klechevsky.
Apr 14, 12 pm
Featuring philosophers Professors Moshe Halbertal, and Michael Walzer, moderated by Jane Eisner, editor in chief of the Forward.
Apr 14, 2:30 pm
Etgar Keret B'Ivrit!
Join Israeli author Etgar Keret for a Hebrew conversation.
Apr 14, 3 pm
Chef Jennifer Abadi
Contemporary interpretations of mizrachi Israeli cuisine.
Apr 14, 4 pm
Bringing Israel Home: Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut with Homebound Seniors
DOROT and Birthright Passport at The JCC in
Apr 14, 11 am-2:30 pm
Assemble packages filled with Israeli food items to deliver to DOROT seniors who were either born or lived in Israel/Palestine.
East Meets West Music Fest
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun and Romemu
Track One: Piyut in Today's Israeli Identity and Culture
Piyut in Israel workshop time: Apr 14, 12:30-2 pm
Performance Time: Apr 14, 2:30-3 pm
Visionary musicians Omer Avital and Yair Harel create a new Israeli sound that crosses the boundaries of musical genres in a way only possible in Israel, where traditional and modern, east and west all come together. Joined by trumpet player and composer Itamar Borochov.
Track Two: Jazz: The Unexpected Heart of Israel
Artists conversation Time: 11:30 am-1pm
Performance Time: Apr 14, 1:15-1:45 pm
Join us for a conversation with jazz critic David Adler and musicians Dan Nadel and Daniel Ori, followed by a special musical performance.
Track Three: Israeli Drum Circle
Apr 14, 1-2 pm
Join percussion musician in a drumming circle. No previous drumming knowledge necessary, just a sense of fun.
Nachalat Binyamin on the Upper West Side
Congregation Ansche Chesed, Kehilat Hadar and Drisha Institute for Jewish Education
Apr 14, 11 am-3 pm
Recreating the popular open air Tel Aviv Market, this street festival will include uniquely Israeli craft projects, artisans selling their wares, delicious Israeli foods and entertaining performers.
Family Street Fair for Yom Ha'atzmaut
West Side Institutional Synagogue and Manhattan
Apr 14, 12 pm-3 pm
Don't miss this outdoor Israeli street fair complete with live bands, Israeli dancing, arts projects, food and tons of programs for kids.
Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration and Festival
Columbia University Morningside Heights Campus,
New York, NY
Apr 14, 12 pm-4 pm
Join Columbia/Barnard Hillel for an afternoon of camels, carnival games, Israel-themed giveaways, Israeli dancing, food, tented discussions & text studies, and a concert!
Congregation Ansche Chesed, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, Mechon Hadar and Kehilat Hadar
Apr 14, 1 pm-2 pm
Track One: Talmudic Texts: Let's explore what the Talmud tells us about God's dream for the holy land with Rabbi Jason Rubenstein from Mechon Hadar.
Track Two: Biblical Texts, Safe Haven or Sacred Space? Biblical Visions of the Land of Israel with Rabbi David Silber from Drisha Institute for Jewish Education.
Children's Track: A parallel children's program for ages 2-5 and 5-9 taught by experienced educators will focus on themes related to Israel.
Finding Israel on the Upper West Side
Birthright Passport at The JCC in Manhattan and Fordham University Jewish Students Association
Apr 14, 2 pm-7 pm
Join young professionals on a scavenger hunt exploring all of the best known and best kept secrets of the Israeli UWS, culminating in a rooftop party.
From the Library to the Knesset Ruth Calderon
The Society for the Advancement of Judaism
Apr 14, 4-5:30 pm
MK Ruth Calderon, from Yesh Atid, discusses Israel's past, present, and future from her unique perspective as a secular Talmud scholar.
Israel Film Center Triple Feature
Israel Film Center at The JCC in Manhattan
April 14, 5 - 11pm
Israeli Author in Conversation: Etgar Keret
West End Synogogue and Mechon Hadar
Apr 14, 6 pm
Etgar Keret, bestselling Israeli author, award winning filmmaker and the voice of the new Israeli generation will share an intimate portrait of his writing and modern Israeli culture.
A Conversation with Ambassador Dennis Ross: Israel and the Middle East
The Jewish Center, Lincoln Square Synagogue, Congregation Ohab Zedek, Congregation Ramath Orah, Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim, Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, West Side Institutional Synagogue and Young Israel of the Westside
Apr 14, 7:30 pm
For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. Join the Upper West Side Modern Orthodox community for a discussion with Dennis Ross on the deep connection between our people and Israel as well as our two countries: The United States and Israel.
Throughout the Week
Israel Film Center Festival
The JCC in Manhattan
Thu, Apr 11 - Wed, Apr 17
The Israel Film Center at The JCC in Manhattan presents its first annual festival, celebrating Israel's thriving film industry and promoting Israeli culture in America. Enjoy a week's worth of screenings plus conversations with the actors and filmmakers.
Rodeph Sholom Pre-Yom Ha'Atzmaut Shabbaton
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Erev Shabbat services: Apr 12, 6 pm
Shabbat service: Apr 13, 10 am
Congregation Rodeph Sholom welcomes the entire UWS for a Friday night service, Israeli-style dinner and conversation with Professor Paul Liptz on his journey from former Rhodesia to Israel. On Saturday, Professor Liptz returns for Torah study, a luncheon and a post-service talk on the topic "If Moses met Ben Gurion."
Trends and Periods in Modern Israeli Literature, taught by Professor Miri Kubovy
Society for the Advancement of Judaism
Sat, Apr 13, 1:15 pm
This session will focus on post-modern writer, Orly Castel-Bloom, one representative of the dominant post- ideological, multicultural contemporary climate in Israeli Society.
Sharim VeZochrim: Songs and Remembrance for Yom Hazikaron with Moshe Bonen
Sun, Apr 14
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Intergenerational Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration
Jewish Home Lifecare, Columbia/Barnard Hillel and Mechon Hadar
Mon, Apr 15, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm
Join the all-ages party with students from Columbia/Barnard Hillel and the residents of the Jewish Home Lifecare with live music, Israeli-food, short video screening, and student-led performances.
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun and Mechon Hadar
Mon, Apr 15, 7 pm
A ritual of transition between Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Rememberance Day, and Yom Ha'atzmaut.
We are proud to promote Israeli owned neighborhood businesses and those that sell Israeli products. Click here for coupons to experience a taste of Israel on the Upper West Side.
Aroma Espresso Bar
Bagels & Co.
Cafe Roma Pizzeria
Columbus Avenue Wine & Spirits
Fisher Bros & Leslie Gotham
Wines & Liquors
The Israel Film Center
The Tangled Vine
The Yarn Company