Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Sunday, April 26 

The East Valley Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. 

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Israel’s 71st birthday with us!
May 16, 2019

Happy birthday, Israel!

Chef Melinda created a beautiful – and delicious – cake for the occasion. 

Lively music

Thanks to Gal Drimmer and Erez Kessler for the wonderful music and fun evening!

Delicious food

Chick-In in Tempe offered tasty Israeli cuisine. 

Israeli dancing

Many attendees found it difficult to stay seated during the spirited celebration.

Community celebration

Thank you to our community partners (listed below)!

Children's activities

The party also included a bounce house, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting and games of Gaga.

Words of support for lone soldiers

Participants got a chance to sign a card that will be sent to a lone soldier center in Israel.

A former lone soldier shares his experience in the IDF

Dr. Michael Cohen, left, coordinator of the EVJCC’s Lone Soldier Project and Chris, a former lone soldier who shared his experiences of his time serving in the IDF and what the letters and gifts of support meant to him. 

Learn more about the Lone Soldier Project

The East Valley JCC’s Lone Soldier Project raises funds to provide support for lone soldiers serving in the Israel Defense Forces and aims to  raise awareness about lone soldiers. 

Thank you to our partners!