JCA to host Jacksonville’s official Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration, Apr. 30th


By Jewish Community Alliance


This year, for the first time in many years, the Jacksonville community will come together to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day (referred to in Hebrew as Yom Ha’atzmaut). This community-wide celebration, marking Israel’s 69th birthday will be taking place at the Jewish Community Alliance, Sunday, April 30, from 12–3 p.m. The event will focus on experiencing different aspects of Israeli culture while enjoying different activities for all ages.


“Yom Ha’atzmaut is a celebration of Israel and the reality in which we have a home for Jews after years of exile and wander, that’s why I am excited to see this important and festive day come to life in our community,” said Israeli Shlicha Dana Marmari. “It is amazing to see how many agencies in our community see the importance of celebrating this day and are willing to work hard to create this event.”

The event is a joint effort of many community agencies, including Congregation Ahavath Chesed (The Temple), Etz Chaim Synagogue, the Jacksonville Jewish Center, Jewish Community Alliance, Jewish Family & Community Services, the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, River Garden Senior Services and other representatives from the Jewish community.


“Celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut as a Jacksonville community is emblematic of the diversity that makes Israel (and our Jewish community) so special,” said committee member, Hazzan Jesse Holzer of the Jacksonville Jewish Center “The celebration is going to be multi-sensory as you'll have the opportunity to sing, dance, read, write, and taste your way through Israeli culture.”


Aside from working together and reaching out to many groups in the Jewish community, the agencies are focused on creating a joyous event for all age groups as throughout the event, participants will be able to enjoy fun activities that will include sports, music, dancing, arts and crafts, food and more.


“We are so excited that our community will come together to celebrate Israel's 69th birthday,” said Federation executive director Alan Margolies. “In addition to learning about many facets of life today in Israel and having a great time, we will have the opportunity to show how much we care about Israel, just by being present.”


Those interested in volunteering before and during the event can contact community Shlicha, Dana Marmari via email at jaxshlicha@jewishjacksonville.org, as all helping hands are welcome. Join the Jacksonville Jewish community as we celebrate this unique and festive day in a new and improved way by RSVP'ing via this link: http://bit.ly/2nIz0VF