Yom Haatzmaut 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021 (All day)

Join Us April 18!

Building Bridges of Coexistence & Peace

Gather with community as we celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. We have a full day of activities planned, register below or call 574-233-1164.

Israel in a box!

A perfect way for kids to celebrate Israel's Independence Day from the comfort of their home in your own time!

Boxes will be available for pickup at the Jewish Federation.
This fun box with different activities includes: 

  • A wooden Hamsa, Stained glass, glue, watercolors and a home blessing to create a beautiful hamsa.
  • Israeli flag. 
  • A special "Taste of memory" cookbook, with the favorite recipes of Israeli fallen soldiers.
  • A fun collection of Israel activities kit.
  • Delicious Israeli snacks- Bamba and Bissli!

Hurry up to register, we have a limited number of boxes!



11:00 - 12:00 PM | Dr. Moaad Farraj

The inseparable bond between Jews and Druze in Israeli society and in the IDF

Dr. Moaad Farraj is the Head of the General Surgery Department at the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya. He grew up in the Druze community of Rameh where he still lives to this day. He was a senior physician and deputy director of the surgical department at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Between 2000-2006, Dr. Farraj served as a combat medical doctor in the IDF. He was honored by the IDF for showing professionalism after he saved the lives of two combat soldiers who were seriously wounded in battle during the Second Lebanon War.



1:00 - 2:30  PM | A Model of Harmony

A Session with Chef Uri Jeremias, owner of the famous Uri Buri restaurant in Akko

In Afar travel magazine, Sara Lieberman wrote, “Since opening Uri Buri restaurant 30 years ago, Jeremias has been blending flavors, and the religious populations of those who create them. In his restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, he employs a staff of around 40 people: Half of them are Arab; the other half are Jewish. In a country so often associated with borders and division, Uri Buri is a model of harmony.”




3:00 - 4:00 PM | Building Understanding Through Language

The Story of Blend.Ar with Karin Wasserman
and Chen Kupperman

Blend.Ar promotes social cohesion in Israel through the study of the Arabic language for Jewish Israelis. Blend.Ar is a new social initiative of young Jewish-Israelis who want to create meaningful social interaction with Arab-Israelis. Blend.Ar works to overcome the language barrier to these interactions by providing intensive study of the Arabic language and culture through an immersion program in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem.


4:00 – 5:00 PM | Family Activity, Taste of Memories

Bake “Burekas”, the favorite dish of the fallen soldier Ronen Hayon z”l

We will meet at 4:00 pm for a unique cooking time for kids and families as part of the commemoration project “Taste of memories”- a project that connects the Jewish Community all over the world to Israel’s Memorial Day in a special way. We will bake “Burekas”, the favorite dish of the fallen soldier Ronen Hayon z”l, who was a tank driver in the Israeli army tank unit. He was killed in action during a battle in southern Lebanon in October 18th 1997. We will learn about his life story and honor his memory by cooking his favorite dish.

Shopping List

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1\4 cup melted butter
1\2 cup of vegetable oil
1\2 cup hot water
2 eggs
8 oz package cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz package feta cheese
optional: sesame seeds 



7:00 – 8:00 PM | The Environment as a Bridge to Peace

The Story of the Arava Institute with Rabbi Michael Cohen

According to the Mission Statement of the Arava Institute: “Our mission is to advance cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict.” Rabbi Michael Cohen is a faculty member of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Bennington College in Vermont. He teaches courses on conflict resolution, the Bible, and the environment. Cohen, the rabbi emeritus of the Israel Congregation in Manchester Center, Vermont is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in the Middle East and the United States.


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