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Yom Ha'Atzmaut – Israel's independence, 70th anniversary Simcha

Attendees singing and dancing during the 2017 Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration.

On Thursday, April 19 at 5:45 pm, members of the Syracuse community will gather at Temple Adath Yeshurun to commemorate the statehood of Israel with a Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration that will feature live music by Symphoria, Syracuse Pops Chorus, community cantors, adult and children’s choirs, a free Israeli kosher dinner, a tots program, children’s activities, Israeli market, and a Judaica and jewelry show by Israeli designer Bar Kochva. As with past Yom Ha’Atzmaut events, it is free and open to the public.

Symphoria’s guest conductor for the evening will be Cantor Joseph Ness. He was the composer and arranger for the 1998 Rhode Island Philharmonic for Israel’s 50th anniversary. Cantor Robert Liberman of Syracuse, Ness’ longtime friend and colleague, said, “Joseph Ness is an incredibly gifted musician, composer, and arranger whose music spotlights Israel as a land flowing with melody and harmony.”

Lou Lemos will direct the Syracuse Pops Chorus which will be joined by the 55-piece Symphoria, along with the community cantors, adult and children's choirs of the Central New York Jewish community, will perform and highlight Israeli music and songs from the establishment of the State of Israel 70 years ago.

Musical selections will feature songs from the early pioneer days; Sephardic and Ladino tunes; Hora (dance) music; a song about “Ha-Kotel;” “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav;” and “Bashanah Haba’ah,” an Israeli medley intended to evoke a “sense of connection and longing to go to Israel.” Hatikvah with a full orchestra will be sung at the end of the program.

The Israel Independence Day celebration is presented by the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center; funded by a Yom Ha’Atzmaut Grant from the Philip L. Holstein Community Program Fund of the Jewish Federation of Central New York; Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation; and Selma Radin; and is supported by Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York; Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas; Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies; Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse; Syracuse Community Hebrew School; Syracuse Hebrew Day School; Temple Adath Yeshurun; Temple Concord; and is sponsored by Rabbi Vicki and Cantor Robert Lieberman; Joan and Norman Poltenson; Elaine Rubenstein; Judith Stander; the Arnold and Mimi Weiner Fund; Rachel Chait; and Linda and Robert Davis.

For more information, contact Orit Antosh at