In 2018, Israel turns 70 years old — a significant milestone in the life of this vibrant country. And to commemorate the occasion, we’re pulling out all the stops.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is thrilled to announce Israel70, a year packed with outrageously fun and seriously thought-provoking programming that will allow us to bond with the young Jewish homeland, grapple with its evolution and celebrate its very existence.

Israel70 will be a year of building bridges: between our communities and Israel, but also between our communities and one another. This will be a year of making space for listening, empathy and discussion. No matter how you express your support for Israel, no matter what the roots of your connection or your legitimate questions may be, Israel70 welcomes you. This is a moment for us to come together to honor and reflect, in so many ways, on the wonderfully diverse country that is Israel.

And you’re invited!

To find out more, check out our brand new Israel70 website. There, you’ll find information about our year of events ranging from art exhibits, films and storytelling to lectures, learning and conversations with Israeli changemakers. Some events will be festive, others informative, but all will help you explore, celebrate and share the nuances of your relationship with Israel.

At the Valley Forge Event Center on May 6th , save the date — 5/6 — join us to celebrate Israel70 all day long at 5-6-70 Israel!, our biggest Israel party of the year. With delicious food, multiple performers, films, storytelling, games, sports, a craft bazaar and so much more, this will be a birthday packed with revelry for the whole family.

Israel70 events will take place all over the Greater Philadelphia region, and was planned in collaboration with all of our Jewish communities, so whatever your interests and wherever you are, there are many events perfect for you. Check our Israel70 website often for event updates!

We are so excited to celebrate Israel with you. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you updated on new Israel70 articles and events. And stay in touch on social media by using #Israel70Philly throughout the year! For more information, contact aklein@jewishphilly.org or 215.832.0828.