On Wednesday evening, April 18th, over 400 people came together to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut at the Boulder JCC. A truly community event, this celebration brought together many volunteers and organizations for a fun and educational evening. To honor Israel’s 70th anniversary, the evening showcased activities for all ages including presentations on “Stories of Lone Soldiers,” “From Hora to Hip Hop: 70 Years of Israeli Music,” and “Heroism, Peace, and Beauty Queen: Israel in the 70s.” For the children, there was a bouncy castle, face painting, Israeli games, and a juggling workshop. The program ended with an inspiring presentation from Stacy Warden on “How Israeli Technology Changed My Family’s Life.”
Thank you to all of the sponsors, partners, organizations, and individuals who helped make Yom Ha’atzmaut such a success. This program was produced by BIET – Boulder Israel Engagement Team, a partnership between the Boulder JCC and JEWISHcolorado. Sponsors include AIPAC, Congregation Bonai Shalom, Congregation Har HaShem, Cornerstone Church, Faith Bible Chapel, The Ferndale Family of Companies, Hillel CU Boulder, Israeli American Council, Jewish National Fund, Veronique & Gideon Markman, Congregation Nevei Kodesh, Aza & Ron Squarer, Jennifer & Eric Weissmann, Jackie & Mark Wong, and the Zeff Kesher Foundation. A big thank you to CU Chabad and Sister City – Ramat Hanegev for setting up tables. A final thank you to Falafel King and Jessica Hersch of Sweet Pea Cuisine for making the delicious food.