Celebrating Israel’s 65th Anniversary in Romania

To mark Israel’s 65th anniversary, JDC helped Jews in Bucharest, Romania organize not one but four celebrations.

Last weekend, over 130 community members came together to sing Israeli songs at a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) Oneg Shabbat at the JDC-supported Bucharest Jewish Community Center (JCC).

Then, on Sunday, Israel Day drew 150 participants of all ages to the JCC. Families viewed a photo exhibit on Israel and sampled Israeli falafel; then the adults took part in a discussion of Israel’s history and current events. Meanwhile, the children enjoyed holiday-themed arts and crafts activities, learned about remembrance and independence, and enjoyed a nature movie about Israel.

Monday evening was the really big show, with over 200 people taking part in "The White and Blue Street - Israel: 65 Years of Independence!"

An Israeli shuk (market) replete with delicious Israeli fare set the stage for the celebration; the JCC choir and individual performers filled the air with Israeli music, and participants came together to construct a large Israeli flag--using 65 pieces of paper to represent Israel's 65 years.

Not wanting to be left out of events, the JDC-supported JCCs in Oradea and Timisoara organized similar Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebrations.

Happy Birthday Israel!

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