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      Independence Day Events Worldwide

      First Publish: 5/6/2003, 4:13 PM

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

      Israel
      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,
      theatre.
      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

      Jerusalem

      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.
      Jerusalem
      Date: Tuesday night and Wednesday
      Time: All day
      Event Description:
      For other events in Jerusalem, see the
      Jerusalem Municipality website.
      Click on “Events”

      Rechovot

      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

      Brooklyn

      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
      Israel.

      California
      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
      more
      Admission: $3.00
      Free parking
      For more information go to:

      www.IsraelFestival.com


      UCLA

      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
      veterans
      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
      Miller.
      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
      class."
      Featuring: Cookie Lomel, Mark Paredes, Roberta Seid, and Tashbih Sayyed
      Location: Young Hall (CS) 76 (UCLA)

      Website: www.BruinsForIsrael.com or e-mail bfi@ucla.edu

      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!"