Israeli-American Council to Host Largest-Ever Israeli Independence Day Celebrations Outside of Israel
Nation’s fastest-growing Jewish organization will bring together more than 50,000 people in six states for Celebrate Israel festivals Los Angeles, CA – In the coming weeks, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) will host the largest celebrations surrounding Israeli Independence Day ever organized outside of Israel, bringing together more than 50,000 people in six annual Celebrate Israel festivals in major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, and Miami. The IAC—which has emerged as the nation’s fastest-growing Jewish organization—will mobilize Israeli-Americans along with the broader Jewish-American and pro-Israel community for festivals in late May and early June celebrating Israel’s extraordinary achievements, deeply held values, vibrant culture, and rich history. “We are very proud to be hosting the largest Israeli Independence Day celebration ever organized outside of Israel. From coast to coast, pro-Israel Americans will come together in an unprecedented display of pride and unity around our shared love for the Jewish State,” said Naty Saidoff, the visionary behind Celebrate Israel and an IAC Board Member. “The Israeli-American community is serving as a living bridge between the U.S. and Israel like never before. Our growing Movement has incredible potential to unite, engage, and inspire a new generation of Jewish and pro-Israel Americans from all backgrounds and all walks of life.” In less than three years, the IAC has expanded from a single office in Los Angeles to 10 regional offices serving an active constituency of more than 250,000 across the country. In recent months, the IAC has deepened its ties with the broader Jewish community through a series of strategic partnerships and joint ventures with major Jewish organizations, including the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, and the UJA-Federation in New York.
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On June 5th, the IAC will co-host the Celebrate Israel Unity Festival with the UJAFederation
of New York at the culmination of the City’s Israel Day Parade. More than
6,000 New Yorkers are expected to turn out for the festival, which will feature live
entertainment, Israeli food, art, and activities for families, kids, and teens.
On May 15th, more than 15,000 people are expected for the Celebrate Israel Festival in
Los Angeles, which has been developed around the theme “Israel: A Mosaic of Jewish
Cultures.” The event will include an Ethiopian pavilion complete with jewelry-making
lessons and the opportunity to participate in an African drum circle; a Middle Eastern
pavilion complete with soothing Persian tea; and interactive candle-making workshops.
In addition to building bridges between communities, the festivals will highlight Israel’s
unique contributions to the world. At the Las Vegas festival, which will be held on May
15th at the Palazzo Ballroom inside the Venetian Hotel, a full Israeli market will be
constructed, selling products from Israeli artists such as clothing, jewelry, pottery, and
home goods, with an “IAC Park” complete with benches, fountains and greenery in the
center. The IAC’s Las Vegas Regional Council has invited partner organizations on stage
for a stirring “March of the Flags,” accompanied by IDF ceremonial music.
“The IAC has become a powerful pro-Israel voice in the United States,” said Dr. Miriam
Adelson, the former Chairwoman and a current member of the IAC’s Las Vegas Council.
“We are changing the landscape of Jewish life in Las Vegas—and all across the country—
by cultivating Israeli-Americans as a unified community.”
In Boston, the IAC, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Consulate General will
host a series of three events on May 12, 14, and 15 as part of Celebrate Israel. These
events will feature a star-studded entertainment line-up, including famed Israeli DJ,
Moshe Bonen, and Mashina, one of the most celebrated Israeli pop-rock bands of all
time. Kids will enjoy Michal Haktana, popular Israeli children’s entertainer, and magic
tricks from acclaimed mentalist Eran Biderman.
“We can’t wait to bring everyone together, and we’re thrilled to partner with the Israeli
American Council and the Israeli Consulate to make this possible,” said Barry Shrage,
President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
On May 22nd, the IAC will host Celebrate Israel Florida in Pembroke Pines—just outside
of Miami—which is expected to draw more than 10,000 people to enjoy Israeli culture,
food, and music, including entertainment from Mashina. The Florida event will bring
together a wide tent of pro-Israel attendees, including members of the Latin Jewish and
Celebrate Israel New Jersey will take place on May 15 at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
in Tenafly, where the IAC recently assumed management of the JCC’s popular Israel
Center, with joint responsibility divided between the two organizations.
About the IAC: Headquartered in Los Angeles, the IAC is committed to building an
engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens our next generations,
the American Jewish community, and the State of Israel. The IAC strives to achieve these
goals through programs and events for all ages – and by empowering and supporting a
wide array of non-profit organizations within the Israeli-American community. For more
information about the Israeli-American Council, please visit www.israeliamerican.org