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Yom Ha'Atzmaut – Israel Independence Day celebration coming May 9

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Calling all foodies! On Thursday, May 9, from 5:45–8 p.m. the Syracuse community will gather at Temple Adath Yeshurun to commemorate and celebrate the statehood of Israel with an exciting and memorable Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration event. This year’s theme is “A Taste of Israel.” The event is free and open to the public.

This year there will be a collaboration of the Jewish Federation of Central New York; Pomeranz, Shankman and Martin Charitable Foundation; all area Synagogues; the Rabbinical Council of Syracuse; Chabad-Lubavitch of Central New York; Syracuse Hebrew Day School; Syracuse Community Hebrew School; Rabbi Jacob H. Epstein School of Jewish Studies; Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center; PJ Library; Beit Tikvah; Syracuse Hillel; Menorah Park; and the Oaks to make this a truly phenomenal community event. Organizers of the event are Orit Antosh and Linda Chait-Davis.

For a true taste of Israel, the outdoor markets (Shuks) are the best places to go. Come and enjoy the flavors, colors and atmosphere of the Yom Ha’Atzmaut Market. Pita with Zatar, Baklava, Kabukim Peanuts, Silan, Halavah, Harissa and Eggplant Jam are just a few of the foods that will be featured and available for sampling in the market. Israeli beer, wines and Limonana Juice will also be available for sampling.

The market will also feature local artists who will be displaying and selling their handmade pottery and jewelry. Local artist Paula J. Burke will be showing her sculptural and functional ceramic art and jewelry. Additionally, Andrew Goldberg will be showing photographs from around the world and Nature-Tyme will be selling Tierra Farms kosher products.

Come and enjoy a free Israeli dinner, Israeli dancing and music. The event will also feature children’s activities, PJ Library, make your own Israeli cookbook, decorate Star-of-David cookies, face painting, caricature artists and balloon twisting.

Come and experience this ever-popular community event. For more information, contact Orit Antosh at