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Celebrate Israel’s Birthday!

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center will present a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on Thursday, April 26.

A family program will be held at 5 p.m. which will feature tables from countries around the world whose residents have made aliyah to Israel, including Russia, Sweden, Ethiopia and Morrocco. Each country’s table will feature displays about each country’s Jewish community and noshes representative of the country.

Everyone who passes through the displays will get a “passport” and will learn important information that will get them into the next phase of the event – making aliyah to Israel.

At 6 p.m., the participants will head to the JCC’s auditorium to “make aliyah.” The room will be decorated for Israel’s birthday, current Israeli music and Israeli folk music for folk dancing will be played. The event will feature a make-your-own falafel bar and a birthday cake for Israel.

A moment of silence will be held after 6 p.m. in honor of Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day.

At 7 p.m., the Emunotes, a singing group from Afula, Israel will perform.

For more information, call Jeff Rembrandt at (413) 739-



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