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Greater Hartford’s Jewish Community Celebrates Israel’s 75th Anniversary

Jewish institutions in West Hartford and throughout the area are hosting exciting events throughout the year.  

Submitted by Kelly Boscarino, Mandell JCC

Jewish agencies, synagogues, and organizations come together to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with a year-long celebration, featuring a diverse range of events and activities that will educate, inspire, and engage the community. The celebration will highlight Israel’s rich history and traditions, as well as her modern-day contributions to the world. Events will range from art exhibits, musical performances, guest speakers, and film screenings, among others. 

The Israel at 75 year-long celebration has been made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, which has been instrumental in supporting our Jewish community’s cultural events and programs for five decades. 

“Israel’s 75th anniversary is a milestone for the Jewish community and a celebration of the country’s remarkable achievements,” says Mandell JCC’s CEO David Jacobs. “We’re excited to join in the festivities and offer our community a chance to come together and recognize this historic occasion. And we are grateful to the trustees of the Jewish Community Foundation for their support” 

“It’s our privilege to support this wonderful smorgasbord of Israel at 75 programs that celebrate the remarkable people, food and culture of the Jewish State,” says Jacob Schreiber, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Foundation. “Israel is central to Jewish peoplehood and these programs help build deeper connections to our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.”

The celebration began earlier this year and continues this spring with a great lineup of events and celebrations:

Humans of Israel Photography Exhibition

March 27-April 28 | Chase Family Gallery, Mandell JCC

An evening with photographer, Erez Kaganovitz

Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.

Yom Hazikaron Community Commemoration

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m. | Innovation Center, Mandell JCC

Presented by Mandell JCC, JTConnect

Reflection & Celebration: Israel at 75

Tuesday April 25, 6 p.m. | New England Jewish Academy

Presented By Young Israel of West Hartford

Israel Fest

Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. | The Emanuel Synagogue

Presented by The Emanuel Synagogue

Friday Night Community Dinner Celebrates Israel 

Friday, April 28, 5:30-8 p.m. | Beth El Temple

Presented by Beth El Temple

Israel@75 Celebration in Southington

Friday, April 28 | 7 p.m. | Gishrei Shalom

Presented by Gishrei Shalom

Bike Ride

Sunday, April 30 | 9 a.m. | The Emanuel Synagogue

Presented by The Emanuel Synagogue

Taste of Israel Grill

Friday, May 5 | The Emanuel Synagogue

Presented by The Emanuel Synagogue

Iron Dome-Defending Israel

Sunday, May 7 | 7:30 p.m. | The Emanuel Synagogue

Presented by The Emanuel Synagogue

Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Hineni-A Community Celebration of Israel@75

Tuesday, May 16 | Mandell JCC

Featuring Internationally Renowned Israeli Singer-Song Writer David Broza.

For the latest on Greater Hartford’s Israel at 75 events and celebrations, visit www.mandelljcc.org/israel75. 

To learn more about the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, please visit http://www.jcfhartford.org.

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