Israel at 75
It’s the diamond anniversary of the Jewish state! Join us for a variety of opportunities to learn about Israel. We have all you need to celebrate, from discussions about Israel’s Declaration of Independence to a spring concert dedicated to Israeli music.
ISRAEL AT 75 EVENTS
CELEBRATE ISRAEL DAY PARADE
Sun / Jun 4 / 1:00pm / 52nd Street between 5th and Madison
The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Celebrate Israel Parade is unquestionably the world’s largest expression of solidarity with the Jewish state, and this year, it will mark Israel’s 75th birthday under the theme: Israel @ 75: Renewing the Hope
ISRAEL AT 75 CONCERT
Wed / Jun 7 / 7:00 pm / 87th Street and Online
Cantor Schwartz will host an evening celebrating the rich fabric of the Israeli people and their music. This momentous event will feature special guests Bat Ella, Cantor Chaim Dovid Berson, Gili Yalo, and Michael Feigenbaum, and will include Cantor Mira Davis, all accompanied by an augmented PAS Ensemble directed by David Enlow. The concert incorporates many new arrangements and an original work by the eminent Israeli-American composer Oran Eldor. A reception with Israeli-themed treats will follow.
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THE CURRENT STATE OF ISRAEL
Park Avenue Synagogue is tuned into all the latest news coming out of Israel so that you can stay informed. This collection includes diverse and fresh perspectives on the important stories coming out of Israel, featuring guest speakers, clergy sermons, dialogues, and more.
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ISRAEL AT 75 LEGACY MURAL PROJECT
Thu / Mar 30 / 10:45 am / 87th Street
Ellen Alt, Artist-in-Residence, and Michal Abramoff, UES Shlicha
The Israeli Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on May 14, 1948, by David Ben-Gurion, the soon-to-be first Prime Minister of Israel, in a gathering at the Tel Aviv Museum Hall. We will celebrate Israel at 75 by recreating the spirit of this proclamation with a three-part mural that will hang in the sanctuary as the backdrop for our summer Israeli music concert. Everyone is invited to contribute to this project through art workshops this spring.
YOUTH: ISRAELI COOKING
Mon / Apr 10 / 4:00 pm / 87th Street
What do you eat during Passover? Join our Shlicha for a special Israeli cooking program, including learning to make shakshuka. Open to all 6th –7th graders.
THEODOR HERZL: THE CHARISMATIC LEADER
Tue / Apr 25 / 7:00 pm / 87th Street and Online
Derek Penslar and Rabbi Cosgrove
How did Theodor Herzl, a cosmopolitan and assimilated European Jew, become the leader of the Zionist movement? Author and historian Penslar and Rabbi Cosgrove explore Herzl’s path to Zionist leader and how his short life created his enduring legacy. This program is in partnership with Jewish Lives and Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning.
FROM MEMORIAL TO CELEBRATION: ISRAEL’S 75TH BIRTHDAY
Tue / Apr 25 / 8:00 pm / 87th Street and Online
Clergy from PAS, Central Synagogue, and Kehilath Jeshurun
As night falls and Israel’s Memorial Day ends, mark the momentous occasion of transition to Israel’s 75th Independence Day. We will celebrate with music, remarks, and moments of blessing to mark this most auspicious birthday.
ISRAEL 75TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Sunday / April 30th / 11:00am / 87th Street
Families are invited to join Park Avenue Synagogue, Central Synagogue, and the 92nd Street Y in celebrating Israel's 75th year of independence with Israeli themed games, crafts, music and prizes, and food from local Israeli restaurants.
Tickets are $18 per family and includes access to all activities with lunch.
RESPONDING TO ISRAEL'S NEW REALITY
Tue / May 9 / 7:00 pm / 87th Street and Online
With a new Israeli government in place that centers ultra-orthodox and -nationalist coalition partners, how can Israelis and diaspora Jews outside of Israel respond constructively to this government’s problematic policies and its potential threat to democracy? How can more liberal Zionists, leverage ourselves and our support to protect Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, especially now when preparing to celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday?
Thu / May 11 / 5:00 pm / 87th Street
Join our Shlicha, Michal Abramoff in watching the Eurovision semi-finals. Michal will teach us about Israel’s history with this competition and share her excitement with us.
SENIORS LUNCH TOGETHER
Thu / May 18 / 1:00 pm / 87th Street
The second session of our new initiative designed for seniors 70-plus to build community at PAS will feature lunch, schmoozing, and discussion with our Shlicha, Michal Abramoff, in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Light lunch will be provided.
Registration to come