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April 25, 2014  RSS feed
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Games, food, music to highlight Israel Independence Day celebration

A community celebration of the 66th anniversary of Israel’s independence will he held on Sunday, May 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th St. N., St. Petersburg.

The free event, presented by the JCC Suncoast and Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, will feature Israeli dancing,

Maccabiah games, arts and crafts, a camel ride, dunk tank, inflatables and face painting.

Food and henna painting will be available for purchase.

The event will include musical performances and a Yom Ha’Zikaron Memorial service, during which local residents who have served in Israeli armed forces will be recognized.

There will be activities inside and outdoors, said Rebecca Horowitz, events and communications manager of the Federation. Among the outdoor activities will be inflatable rides for the kids, the Maccabiah games such as tug of war and sack races, and, of course, the camel rides. Federation Executive Director Mark Segel will also take a turn sitting on a perch – at least for a while – over the dunk tank.

David LeVine will be on hand to teach Israeli dancing.

Meze 119 will supply falafel, babaganoush, tabouli, and hummus inside and outdoors the Jo-El’s hotdog cart will be set up to sell hotdogs and knishes.

Jewish organizations were challenged to come up with arts and crafts activities for participants and came though in a big way, Horowitz said.

Hadassah will help folks create art replicating the images in stained glass windows that artist Marc Chagal created for the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, each window representing one of the 12 tribes of Israel.

Representatives from Inn on the Pond will paint Israeli flags on fingernails of those wishing them, and folks from Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community services will help people make their own Israeli flags from construction paper.

Menorah Manor will help people conjure up images of the Dead Sea as they create a bath salts scrub that can be made from scratch and would make a worthy Mother’s Day gift.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be a brief service where guests will be welcomed and Cantor Jonathan Schultz of Congregation B’nai Israel will sing the Hatikvah (Israel national anthem) and the Star Spangled Banner. He will also lead a sing-a-long.

Though there is no charge for the event (except food and henna painting), to make sure all who want a turn riding the camel get one, folks will be asked to sign in and wristbands will be issued.

Those attending are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Gulf Coast food bank.

For more information, call the Federation office at (727) 530-3223 or go to

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