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.

Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration

Facebook_RabbiGlazerLiorBenHurSolTevel_YomHaAtzmautCelebration_May2016Yesterday afternoon, the Achshav Yisrael committee of CBS, in partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, presented its sixth program, a celebration marking Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).

After kicking Israel's 68th birthday party off in Koret Hall with some of Rabbi Glazer's always-thoughtful remarks and a first-rate rendition of Hatikvah by Congregation Anshey Sfard's hazzan, Avyatar Alfassi, the crowd danced, noshed, and schmoozed as the popular singer-songwriter Lior Ben-Hur and his band Sol Tevel performed. The music was both soulful and fun; it was a hit with all assembled.

Outside, in Eva Gunther Plaza, congregants of all ages added personal aspirations and prayers to an amazing replica of the Western Wall made by the CBS Family Preschool Pre-K class. The students were inspired by photos of the Western Wall as well as memories and stories shared by children in the class who have visited the actual wall in Jerusalem. (The notes added to the replica wall yesterday will soon be carried to the actual Western Wall and placed there!) Nearby, families enjoyed cookie decorating, making Israeli flags, and face and hand painting activities.

Other attendees headed into the SF Schoolhouse space to watch Dancing In Jaffa, a documentary about Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his dance program, to his city of birth, Jaffa. From the film's press release: "For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy."

CBS heartily thanks the Achshav Yisrael committee for its work on this program, and the Jewish Community Federation for it's generous support! Check out some photos from the program below, and visit the CBS Facebook page for more.

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: Eileen Auerbach, Becky Buckwald, Sandra Cohen, Betsy Eckstein, Eva-Lynne Leibman, Ephraim Margolin, Lucia Sommers

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