Independence Day Events Worldwide

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Bet El, Binyamin region,
Bracha, Shomron, Gush Katif,
Jerusalem, Rechovot
USA & Canada: New York,
West Hempstead, Brooklyn,
California, Los Angeles,
UCLA, Toronto, Canada

Bet El, Binyamin region
Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 10:30 AM – all day
Place: Mt. Pisgat Yaakov in Bet El (25 minutes north of Jerusalem)
Event Description:
The major Independence Day event in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza). Thousands
will gather to march up Mt. Pisgat Yaakov in Bet El to the recently-uncovered
ancient Talmudic village caves. Natural spring and pool. Arts and Crafts
activities for kids, rides and moon walk, Lectures, picnic areas.
info: (02) 997-1555

Bracha, Shomron

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 9:30AM – 7:00 PM
Place: Hesder Yeshiva in Bracha
Event Description:
Dedication of a New Torah Scroll and corner stone laying ceremony
Activities for children and youth all day long: baking pitah bread, kite flying,
advanced playground equipment brought special for the occasion, story-telling,
9:30 – 1:00: Torah lectures on Independence Day
1:00: Writing last letters into new Torah scroll
1:30: Parade to the Hesder Yeshiva
1:50: Cornerstone laying ceremony at the Study Hall
7:00: More Torah lectures on Independence Day
Participating Rabbis in lectures: Rabbi Shear Yeshuv HaCohen, Rabbi David Chai
HaCohen, Rabbi Zalman Baruch Melamed, Rabbi Dov Lior
Info and transportation: (02) 997-4045

Gush Katif

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: The Hotel intersection
Event Description:
March to Tel Katifa. Beautiful 4-kilometer hike along the beach. Activities
along the way. Make your own kite. Picnic areas. Performance at end of march.
info: (055) 684-132 or (055) 684-753


Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7:45 PM
Place: Mount Herzl
Event Description:
The official closing of Memorial Day and the opening of Independence Day
celebrations will be marked by the national ceremony and lighting of the
torches. The Knesset Speaker, his wife, and a representation of the Knesset
Guard will be present.
Date: Tuesday night and Wednesday
Time: All day
Event Description:
For other events in Jerusalem, see the
Jerusalem Municipality website.
Click on “Events”


Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Place: Weisgal water park, 8 Dubenov St. Rechovot
Event Description:
A day of activities and shows for the whole family. Performances include: Noya,
Shalhevet band, Yishai Lapidot – Off Simchas band, Amiran Dvir, Indiv Hasidav
band, Pantomime by Ofer Goren. Water park rides, pools, slides are open. BBQ and
picnic areas, sports fields, special children’s activities.

USA & Canada

New York
Forest Hills
Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: 7:45 PM
Place: Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108 St., Forest Hills NY
Event Description: The Religious Zionist community of Forest Hills will have a
community-wide program to celebrate Israeli Independence Day. The event
includes: special holiday services (with Hallel), yeshiva choir performance,
guest speaker R. Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, NJ, refreshments.

West Hempstead

Date: Tuesday, May 6
Time: Night, following special holiday services
Place: JCC of West Hempstead
Event Description: The West Hempstead Jewish Community will gather for the 6th
consecutive year for an event which will feature an Israeli dinner, music and
singing led by the Amir & Ron Orchestra and a Mitzvah Market, which will allow
participants to purchase Israeli Bonds, plant trees in memory of Ilan Ramon,
support families of victims of terror and write letters to and/or purchase pizza
and other food items for IDF soldiers. Participating synagogues and
organizations: Young Israel of West Hempstead, Congregation Anshei Shalom,
Congregation Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park and Congregation JCC of West Hempstead,
Bnei Akiva of West Hempstead, and the newly-formed Mens Religious Zionist
Organization of Nassau County


Date: Friday, May 9
Time: Friday Night Sabbath Services
Place: Temple Beth Emeth, Brooklyn, New York
Event Description:
Mi SheBerach (Speedy Recovery) Prayer Service in which the names of all the
wounded are read. A pamphlet, describing the date, incident, nature of the
injuries and updates on progress toward recovery will be distributed. Part of
our ongoing Project Israel, an effort to support our sisters and brothers in

Los Angeles

Date: May 11
Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Place: Woodley Park, Exit 405 Fwy on Burbank Blvd or Victory Blvd.
Event Description:
Israel's 55th Independence Day Celebration
Featuring: Yigal Bashan and other first rate entertainers.
Emcee: Mr. Larry Elder, KABC 790 Talk radio
Other National and Local Dignitaries
Children’s rides, youth activities, arts & crafts, Israeli Pavilion, Artist’s
Pavilion, Main Stage, Children’s Stage, Heritage Stage, Teen City, sky divers,
hundreds of booths, variety of kosher food, folk dancing, ample shade and much
Admission: $3.00
Free parking
For more information go to:


Date: Tuesday, May 6 til Thursday May 8
Time: See details for each day below
Event Description:
Israel Independence Week is presented by Bruins For Israel, JSU, and UCLA
Hillel. All events below are open to the LA community. Parking for all events at
UCLA is $7.00 in Lot 6
Tuesday, May 6
12:00 PM: Memorial for Israeli & US soldiers & victims of terror
Come light candles and listen to personal stories from Israeli and US
Location: Meyerhoff Park (UCLA)

7:00 PM: Movie Screening at UCLA Hillel
Come see a movie to commemorate Memorial Day (Movie title TBD)
Location: UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Westwood
Wednesday May 7
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 PM:
Celebrate Israel Independence Day at UCLA Bruin Plaza
- An Israel Mall: Israeli Vendors are coming to UCLA straight from Israel to
sell Israeli products. Come buy T-Shirts and Invest in Israel!
- Lunch: Authentic Israeli food will be served!
- Giveaways and Contests: Come get Free T-Shirts, stickers, flags, and more!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Celebrate with a live DJ. Hear speakers including:
Rabbi David Woznica, David Suissa, and keynote speaker Comedian Larry
Location: Bruin Plaza (UCLA)

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Annual Block Party
Featuring Hadas Shalev from American Idol, Israeli DJ's and more!
Location: Corner of Glendon and Weyburn, in Westwood Village

Thursday May 8
6:00 PM: United 4 Freedom Panel: Four Experts, Four Perspectives.
"What you need to know about the Middle East Conflict but won't hear in
Featuring: Cookie Lomel, Mark Paredes, Roberta Seid, and Tashbih Sayyed
Location: Young Hall (CS) 76 (UCLA)

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Toronto, Canada

Date: Wednesday May 7, 2003
Time: 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Place: Bathurst Jewish Community Centre (4588 Bathurst St.) to Earl Bales Park
Event Description: Join the huge proud procession from the Bathurst Jewish
Community Centre (4588 Bathurst St.) to Earl Bales Park. Dancing singing with
the Moshav Band; entertainment and kosher Israeli food. Mounted Police escort.
Come and tell the World: "Israel, we're with you!"