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Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) celebrates the independence of the Modern State of Israel. In Israel the day of Yom HaAtzmaut is marked with fireworks, barbeques, and outdoor revelry. For Jewish communities outside of Israel it is a time to gather and celebrate our pride and connection to the Jewish homeland.


Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut at the PJCC and Beyond!

Join these community celebrations commemorating Israel Independence Day!

Shabbat Unplugged: Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Saturday, May 4 • 3:00 – 5:30 pm • Free • PJCC
Unplug and unwind! Enjoy live music with Toby Pechner, kibbutz petting zoo, cupcake decorating, cocktails for 21+ and much more!


Israel at 71: Do We Still Share a Destiny?

Sunday, May 5 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Free • Peninsula Temple Beth El
Israeli society is moving towards an ethno-national Jewish identity while alternatively, a growing number of American Jews feel alienated from Israel. What responses will help bring these two communities closer?

Sponsors: Peninsula Jewish Community Center and Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education


Understanding Israel Through Photographs

Monday, May 6 • 10:30 am Congregation Beth Jacob • 7:00 pm Peninsula Temple Sholom • Free
Don’t miss award-winning photographer Paul Margolis, who will discuss his stunning black and white photography of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Israel, accompanied by a powerful PowerPoint presentation of his work. No registration required.
Sponsors: Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom, Peninsula Temple Beth El, and Peninsula Jewish Community Center

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Family Photo Booth Pop-up

Thursday, May 9 • 3:30 – 6:30 pm • Free
Join us in celebrating Israel’s birthday with a keepsake photo! Grab a prop, say “cheese!” and we’ll take your picture in the PJCC’s photo booth. No registration required.

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Community Celebration

Sunday, May 12 • 3:30 pm • Freidenrich Community Park, Palo Alto
Don’t miss this community-wide celebration held in Palo Alto featuring acclaimed Israeli singer/songwriter Ninet Tayeb, dancing, delicious Israeli food and kosher cuisine, and much more!

Sponsors: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Peninsula Jewish Community Center and other community partners