Tel Aviv, Israel - May 12, 2016: Old Yaffo streets full of tourists.

From Krav Maga to Burekas, Israel Comes to the Boulder JCC for Yom Ha’atzmaut

On Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli citizens joyously celebrate the creation of the Jewish homeland in 1948.

In Boulder, on Wednesday, May 8 at 5:00 pm, area Israelis will join friends and neighbors in a community-wide celebration focused on local connections to Israel.

The Boulder JCC hosts this annual celebration of Israel’s Independence Day, produced by the Boulder Israel Engagement Team, a partnership between JEWISHcolorado and the Boulder JCC. Aza Squarer chairs the committee, which is made up of community volunteers and representatives from organizations such as Israeli American Council Colorado.

This year’s festivities begin promptly at 5:10 pm with a ceremony created by local Israelis, as in years’ past. Food – including burekas and falafel – will be available for purchase immediately following the ceremony, and the gym will again be home to a bouncy castle, face painting, and other family-friendly activities.

This year, however, the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration will have a festival format, featuring “booths” at which local organizations will offer activities that celebrate Israel. Each booth will have a family-oriented, interactive activity.

Also new this year is the addition of two Krav Maga workshops, one for children and one for adults. Colorado Krav Maga will present a hands-on class on the Israeli self-defense system taught in the IDF. Each class is limited to 25 and will be held in the fitness studio adjacent to the gym.

Another option for adults is the presentation by Boulder Ramat HaNegev Sister City Initiative on their recent trip to Israel and opportunities for participation.

The event concludes at 7:00 pm with a free screening of “Heading Home: The Tale Of Team Israel,” an extremely enjoyable documentary that recently sold out two screenings at the Boulder Jewish Film Festival. This stirring story of sports, patriotism, and personal growth charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel


Doors open at 4:45

Ceremony in Levin Hall at 5:10

Food for purchase and booths open at 5:30

Krav Maga for adults at 5:45-6:15

Krav Maga for children (6-12) at 6:30-7:00

Boulder Ramat HaNegev Sister City Presentation at 6:15

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” at 7:00


ACE: Arts, Culture, and Education at the J
Boulder – Ramat HaNegev Sister City Initiative
Congregation Bonai Shalom
Congregation Har HaShem
Cornerstone Church
Hillel CU Boulder
Israeli American Council Colorado

If you would like to volunteer the day of the celebration please email Jodi Zicklin at


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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