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March 24, 2017  RSS feed

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New Tampa JCC to host its first Israel birthday party April 30

A full day of fun, film and food is planned for a celebration of Israel’s 69th birthday on Sunday, April 30 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa.

The theme for the event is “Experiencing Israel” and festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be plenty of Israeli food as well as a wide variety of activities for adults and children.

There is no charge to attend the Israeli Independence Day celebration. However, there will be a cost for food, beverages and certain activities. Sponsored by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, more than 1,500 people are expected to attend.

Israeli music will be provided all afternoon, spun by DJ John Wendleken, there will be an Israeli beer and wine tasting event, plus cooking demonstrations. Adding to the Israel ambience will be a replica of the Western Wall.

An Israeli-themed youth area will feature myriad games and activities for children of all ages, including AliTots song and play hour, a PJ Library storytime, face painting, crafts, Lego building, art class and Israeli gaming geared toward older children.

This year, being a time for firsts, there will be special engagement speakers and drumming from Drum Magic. Festival guests will be able to plant seeds and purchase trees in Israel and have the opportunity to see the scribe and, of course, visit the community organizations display area.

The community is also invited to register for a triathlon – A Race Through Israel. Participants will run on the indoor track on an imaginary trek through Israeli cities, then enjoy Israel’s scenic routes while biking (spinning) and swimming in the Dead Sea (the Glazer JCC pool). All racers ages 5 and older are encouraged to register by e-mailing There will be three age categories racing in different waves beginning at 12:45 p.m. Space is limited. There is no fee to participate and ribbons will be awarded for all who complete the race.

Another highlight will be a Skype session at 11 a.m. with award-winning Israeli author Gavriel Savit, with a discussion of his children’s book, Anna And The Swallow Man. The book is about a girl in Poland who is left orphaned at age 7 in 1939 when Nazis take her father to a concentration camp. It chronicles how she and a mysterious “Swallow Man” hide for the next four years in a forest.

In addition, there will be the 3 p.m. showing of the movie On the Map, as part of the 21st annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival. It is about the unforgettable upset victory of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team against a Cold War adversary.

The Glazer JCC is at 522 N Howard Ave., Tampa. Limited free parking is available directly on the property; other parking is available across the Street at the Villa Brothers Park. Note that the Glazer JCC is an indoor facility so the celebration will go on rain or shine.

For more information, visit or call the Tampa JCC & Federation at (813) 264-9000.

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