In honor of Israel's 65th Independence Day the Celebrate Israel Festival will take place on April 21, 2013 once again at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center with an expected attendance of 20,000 community members.
The festivities will begin with a 1.5mile "Salute to Israel Walk" sponsored by StandWithUS, participants will be escorted by a fleet of 9/11 Tribute cars at 8:30am. Registration for the walk starts at 8:00am at the entrance of the festival.
This year the main stage will be rockin' with performances throughout the day including the headliner, Mashina, a legendary Israeli rock group and the Spazmatics! Café Tel Aviv will also include a stage with local talent throughout the day and local eats that everyone can enjoy.
Be sure not to miss the Israeli Artist Pavilion, which will feature 21 artists who have traveled from Israel especially for our festival. The Pavilion will be located near the entrance of the festival. Channel the artist in you and join in the "color by number" mural of the Tel Aviv coastline created and curated by local artist, Tomer Peretz.
Looking for something to do with the kids? We have it all! Get creative with CreateLAB and enjoy making unique crafts with the entire family. Besides all the various craft projects our children's area will also feature a puppy petting zoo, reptile show, magicians, stilt walkers, face painters, jugglers, drum circles and so much more. Did we mention the huge amusement park with a ton of exciting rides?
Take a stroll back in time with Israel's Time Travel tunnel and watch the nation's history unfold before your eyes. Get involved upon exiting by stopping by the Diaspora House (Beit Hatfuzot) and creating your own family tree.
A highlight of this year's festival will be the model of SpaceIL, a replica of the first Israeli space ship to travel to space. You'll be able to take a picture that's out of this world!
Community Empowerment. Philanthropy. Activism.
Since first immigrating to Southern California in the early 1970’s, Israeli-Americans have become a vital component of the fabric of the American melting pot and, in particular, the greater Los Angeles community. Many members of estimated 200,000 Israeli-Americans who reside throughout the greater Los Angeles area have been and continue to be important social activists and philanthropists supporting important charitable causes here and in Israel.
And yet, while our numbers are now large and our contributions many, the Israeli-American community has never organized itself for the purpose of community empowerment, philanthropy, and activism collectively designed to further vital goals that serve the common good of Los Angeles, other major metropolitan cities in which Israeli-Americans live, the United States, and the State of Israel. Now it has through the establishment of the Israeli American Council (IAC).