Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration 5778 Recap

The CBS campus was busy this weekend as we got together to celebrate the 70thYom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), presented by Achshav Yisrael. It was a great event thanks to a generous contribution from the Jewish Community Federation, including the Seligman Family Foundation and Sterling Bank and Trust!

There was music by music and dancing by the Israeli musician Lior Ben-Hur and members of his band, Sol Tevél; a screening of the Israeli film “Promises"; a variety of activities for families and kids; and a lavish buffet featuring Israeli food and beverages.

Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers that helped it all come together, including a whole slew of CBS staffers from the Administration, the Preschool, and the Youth Activities staff. Thanks to Jane Sykes for the great food!

A special thanks to Achshav Yisrael for taking the organizational lead and working tirelessly to make the special day possible: Eileen Auerbach (event and Steering Committee chair, organizer of video); Becky Buckwald (organizer of the music and the children’s activities); Maureen Samson (food/buffet organizer); Ira Levy, Ephraim Margolin, and Steve Sloan (registration); Betsy Eckstein (publicity and food preparation); Sandra Cohen (food preparation) and Eva Newbrun (publicity).We appreciate what you do! Todah rabbah (thank you very much)!

Check out some photos from the festivities below.

Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration


Buy your tickets for our upcoming Achshav Yisrael is hosting an event!

The Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 - 5:30 p.m., at CBS.

On May 14, 1948, the Jewish leadership, headed by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, announced the establishment of the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. Join us to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this momentous event! There will be fun, food, and activities for the whole family

MUSIC - Israeli musician Lior Ben-Hur and his band, Sol Tevél, will perform in Koret Hall – come ready to dance!

FILM - Screening of the Israeli film “Promises”

FAMILY FUN - A variety of activities for families and kids on Eva Gunther Plaza

FOOD - a light Israeli buffet and beverages

REFLECTION - Schmoozing and reflecting on Israel’s accomplishments and challenges in the last 70 years.

Adults general admission: $15
17 & under (or still in high school): FREE
Advance registration required for all ages (below or call 415.221.8736).

Please contact CBS office if a waiver is needed.

ABOUT ACHSHAV YISRAEL: Achshav Yisrael’s mission is to provide quality programming about Israel to Congregation Beth Sholom and the broader community. Achshav Yisrael programs are open to all age groups and will occur on a regular basis. We intend to create a safe space at CBS for community exploration of Israel.

Achshav Yisrael Steering Committee Members: David Agam, Eileen Auerbach, Becky Buckwald, Sandra Cohen, Betsy Eckstein, Ira Levy, Ephraim Margolin, and Maureen Samson