GREATER SPRINGFIELD — As part of the upcoming Israel@70 Celebration in Springfield, everyone is invited to a free, family-oriented event to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, Sunday, April 22, beginning at 3 p.m. with games and activities, and a concert by Jewish-music artist Sheldon Low celebrating Israeli music at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield.
“Israel is a beacon of the Jewish world and celebrating Israel’s rebirth as a contemporary nation is a celebration of the vibrancy of contemporary Jewish life,” says Rabbi James Greene, assistant executive director of the Springfield JCC. “We can’t wait to welcome people of all ages from the community to the JCC to celebrate Israeli culture, music, and food. Israel is a homeland for every Jew and there will be something for everyone at this celebration.”
Sheldon Low said he looks forward to performing at the Israel@70 Concert in Springfield, and sharing the importance of Israeli music.
“I am thrilled to celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday, not only because I will have the opportunity to share Israel themed music with the incredible Springfield JCC community, but also because I will get to share the stage with my wife and musical partner Hadar Orshalimy,” says Low.
Low’s wife, Hadar Orshalimy, studied at Rimon School of Music in Tel Aviv with some of the most well-known Israeli musicians and was featured on the very first season of Israeli Idol (Kokhav Nolad).
“As the grandson of a member of the Hagganah and founder of Kibbutz Tel Yosef, and husband to a Sabra (a Jewish person born in Israel), Israel has always been an important part of my life and upbringing,” recalls Low. “And, even before I had ever visited, it was the music of Israel from artists like Noa, Naomi Shemer, Ofra Haza, and David Broza to name a few, that helped foster a deep connection to the land, its people, and its culture. This year, We look forward to sharing some of the stories behind some of the most iconic Israeli songs, and fully hope and expect to be singing together WITH the entire community as we celebrate.”
Kosher food will be available for purchase at the April 22nd event. For more information, visit www.SpringfieldJCC.org, or contact Rabbi James Greene, (413) 739-4715 or email@example.com. This event is sponsored by the Springfield Jewish Community Center and the Anna P. Housen Fund of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.