THE ISRAELI SPIRIT
Join thousands of Angelenos from all corners of our community as we come together to mark Israel's momentous occasion, its 71st Independence Day! Let’s show our unity and strength as a community and declare our solidarity with Israel.
Israel’s strength, democracy and hope for the future is a light unto the nations. With Israel in our hearts and Israeli "ruach" - our nation's spirit, - the Israeli Spirit we invite you to celebrate like never before.
For 72 years, Israel has been there for us.
For one day, let’s all be there for her.
Presented by the Israeli-American Council (IAC) with the generous support of Naty and Debbie Saidoff, Celebrate Israel Festival, the largest Jewish happening in Los Angeles, will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2020 from 12pm - 7pm. Over 15,000 community members will celebrate the State of Israel with live entertainment, food, art, culture and activities for families, kids and tweens.
Enjoy performances throughout the day including Israeli mega star Lior Narkis, Israeli kids entertainers Dod Haim and Naama Super Al, Israeli dance group Revital of Israel. Official ceremony will be hosted by Actor / Producer Mike Bursyn. Flyover and offical ceremony will begin at 4:00PM
FUN THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS
A non-stop action-packed park with plenty of activities for kids. Don't miss Israeli kids idol Dod Haim with Naama Super Al on the main stage. Stop by the IAC Keshet Create Lab to design, build, create and be inspired, open all day with numerous FREE art projects. Face painting, camel rides and petting zoo, balloon art, and amusement rides for the entire family are just some of the activities you can find for your kids throughout the festival.
HEROS - THE JEWISH TRAILBLAZERS EXPERIENCE BY THE MUSEUM OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
This innovative and inspiring new exhibition reveals that heroes are a vital part of Jewish culture. Jews, like every other people, teach the new generation about the values and actions they should pursue through its choice of heroes. But there is something special, unusual about the Jewish hero. We have always understood that there are many different ways to be a hero.
Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People is a refreshing view of what it really means to be a hero. Visitors will meet different types of Jewish heroes throughout our history including scientists, intellectuals, leaders, revolutionaries, cultural figures, athletes and more – men and women with unique talents. This remarkable and diverse selection represents the heroism of our people through history, while showing that success has many different faces.
These heroes will inspire children – and their parents – to ask who is truly brave, and to identify their own personal heroes and role models. The exhibition will illustrate that being a hero comes from conquering our worst instincts and daring to think and act differently from the crowd – anyone can be a hero.
THE ISRAELI SPIRIT “SELFIE” EXPERIENCE
Miss Israel and wish you can take a photo at your favorite spot on Tel Aviv Beach or perhaps at Shuk Machne Yehuda or even at the Dead Sea? Well now you can! Stop by the festival and find your favorite locations in Israel to take photos. Don’t forget to #CelebrateIsraelFestival
RIKUDAY AM - ISRAELI FOLK DANCING
Join Sagi Azran on the dance floor in front of the bar for Israeli folk dancing for all levels. Times and sessions will be posted as we get closer to the date. Folk dancing is partially sponsored by RokdimLA and MATI.
MEGA CHALLAH BAKE
After last year's huge success with the Mega Challah Bake for women and girls, at the festival, we are bringing the activity back and hope to have over 600 women baking challah and saying a blessing together for Israel.
Stroll through a vivid recreation of one of the most colorful spots in Tel Aviv. Walking through the Shuk, you will feel right at home with artists directly from Israel and local vendors selling art, jewelry, Judaica, home goods and gifts.
IAC LEAD BAR
Stop by for drink, catch up with old friends and meet new ones at the bar/beer garden (21+ w valid ID). This is the hot spot to meet and mingle with other young professionals.
DID SOMEONE SAY KOSHER?
Want to taste some authentic falafel and fantastic baked goods? Come lounge at the café and share some laughs and great coffee with friends. Looking for the best hummus, falafel or shawarma in LA? We guarantee you that they are all at the festival and all 100% certified Kosher!