Israel Independence Day Celebration -- postponed but undiminished -- is on Wednesday at the Boulder JCC.

Yom Ha’atzmaut – Better Late Than Never

It was a sad Israel Independence Day at the Boulder JCC on Monday. The brand new gaga pit was buried in falling snow. The Boulder JCC was decorated with Israeli flags, and the Western Wall built by the JCC Preschool kids was hanging in the gym. The rooms were set up for games, arts and crafts, Israeli dancing, and an aerial tour of Israel on our new giant TV. We were ready to party.

But as the snow continued to fall, the roads become increasingly treacherous, and schools and activities in Boulder began to cancel, we knew our event would just have to wait for the weather to cooperate. Israel has been around for 65 years,  so what’s another week to wait for a birthday party?

On Wednesday, April 24, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm,  Yom Ha’atzmaut will take place  just as planned, just a little later than anticipated. Come dance, eat, create an Israeli rap song, send a letter to a student in Israel, play Israeli Twister, create a mosaic, leave a message in the wall, see the sights of Israel from the air on the big screen – narrated by Itzhak Perlman. And enjoy a ceremony honoring the Jewish homeland, written and created by local Israelis.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Falafel will be available for purchase. We hope to see you here as we celebrate the miracle that is, and continues to be, Israel.



About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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