Israel will celebrate 70 years of independence this year, and we are set to mark this momentous anniversary with a community-wide celebration on Sunday, April 22. The Israel Festival includes delicious Israeli food, arts and crafts and fun activities for guests of all ages. The event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Board of Akron and the Shaw JCC.
Uri and Gili Hershkovitz, a husband and wife team of Israeli emissaries serving the Canton and Akron communities, are coordinating the event. The theme is “Decades of Israel” with correlating activities for each decade throughout Israel’s 70 years of independence. A community mosaic art project and Israeli Shuk (street market) with local artisans featuring their work are highlights of this year’s program. Jewish and Israeli artists who are interested in showcasing their handcrafted products, artwork, jewelry and housewares should email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Israel Festival will be held 12:30-3:30 p.m. beginning with a memorial service (Yom HaZikaron) to honor Israel’s fallen soldiers followed by the Israel Festival celebration (Yom Haatzmaut). Following the Israel Festival, teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join us at the indoor pool for an awesome time with no grownups allowed!
On April 9, the community is invited to unlock Israeli knowledge and try to escape as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday at the Israeli Escape Room. Join us at Revere Road Synagogue for a fun evening of brain-wracking, creativity-testing puzzles that are sure to leave even Sherlock Holmes bamboozled! Pre-registration requested to reduce waiting times. Groups of 2 to 5 are welcome! Ages 15+. Adults will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting while they wait.
The Israel Festival and Teen Pool Party will take place at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life located at 750 White Pond Drive in Akron. Free parking is available. For more information, call the Shaw JCC at 330-867-7850 or visit www.shawjcc.org.