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Celebrations of Israel to continue in Livingston, Morris Plains
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Celebrations of Israel to continue in Livingston, Morris Plains

The last of 14 celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, held across the Greater MetroWest community will take place Sunday, May 6. 

Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston will offer “Investigate Israel,” for children ages 4-8, at 10 a.m. The participants will “visit” Israel with stories, crafts, music, and games. For information, call 862-437-8000.

“Living Israel Mega Community Celebration” — for participants of all ages — will be sponsored by Adath Shalom, Morris Plains; White Meadow Temple, Rockaway; and the JSDD’s WAE (Wellness, Art & Enrichment) Center, West Orange; it will be held at Adath Shalom, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

“Normally, Yom Ha’atzmaut in the Greater Metro-West area is one night, maybe a concert, and done,” said Carol Berman, who is planning the Adath Shalom event. “This year, it’s like one huge party that lasts for a month.”

At Adath Shalom, the focus will be on getting a taste of the four Negev communities that are partners of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ: Segev Shalom, Ofakim/Merchavim, Arad, and Kibbutz Erez.
At the event, “Segev Shalom,” will feature a Bedouin tent where guests can have coffee and do some bead work. “Ofakim” will host a version of the desert town’s Igloo Art Center offering such activities as crafts, yoga, and Krav Maga. Clay pot making will be offered in “Arad,” home to an arts colony. 

Other activities will include an Israeli robotics team, folk dancing, concerts with Kol Dodi community choir and three cantors, and kosher wine tasting; vendors will sell crafts, ritual items, jewelry, and 3-D Judaica printing. 

Contact cberman@adathshalom.org or 973-539-8549, ext. 108. The events are free and open to the public.

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