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2017 Yom Ha'atzmaut community celebration

Graphic of the 2017 Israel Independence Day Celebration to be held on May 2.

Syracuse will celebrate Yom Ha‘atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with a free event on May 2 from 5:15–8 p.m. at Temple Adath Yeshurun. The Yom Ha‘atzmaut planning committee has organized a spectacular gathering this year to honor Israel’s 69th birthday.

The evening’s festivities will start with commemorations to Yom Ha'Zikaron, follow by a community celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Syracuse’s community cantors along with Joe Eglash and his band will then lead the community in singing and dancing to songs with a Jerusalem theme. 

A special program is planned at 5:15 p.m. for families with young children ages two to five years old with activities being provided by the religious schools, Syracuse Hebrew Day School and PJ Library. In addition, children’s activities will be available throughout the evening.

An Israeli Shuk will be open with a variety of products. Come and shop for that special gift and take the opportunity to experience pita, zatar, Israeli wines and olive oils. The Shuk hours are 5:15–8 p.m.

A free Israeli dinner will also be served. In a break with previous years’ traditional pita and falafel, this year the menu has been enhanced and will consist of Israeli and Middle Eastern eggplant salads, stuffed grape leaves, and bourkas (feta cheese and spinach and potato). For those not familiar with bourkas, they are nothing short of edible perfection—heavenly little parcels, stuffed with delicious savory ingredients. In addition, on the menu is a Yemenite dish called mag’adare: Yellow rice with lentils, topped with caramelized onions. For dessert a serving of cakes, ice cream and halva will be available for all. Brad Ozinsky and Syd Tenenbaum will perform during dinner.

This year’s festivities are being underwritten by a Yom Ha‘atzmaut Grant from the Jewish Federation of Central New York and the Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation, and is being presented by the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center with the support of Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York, Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse, Temple Adath Yeshurun, Temple Concord, and Syracuse Hebrew Day School.

For more information about this event, contact Orit at