Israel Independence Day

When Israel has a birthday, Jews in Greater Philadelphia party all month long.

Celebrate Israel’s birthday with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Events vary in location and theme each year.

2022 Events

From Yom HaZikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Tekes Ma’avar (Ceremony): 6:45 p.m.
Tefillah Chagigat (Celebratory Tefillah): 7:30 p.m.
Location: Kohelet Yeshiva, Merion Station, PA

Mark the transition from the solemn nature of Israel’s Memorial Day to the joyous character of Israel’s Independence Day. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is delighted to partner with Kohelet Yeshiva for this evening that will begin with a tribute to the fallen soldiers and those who currently serve, including the school’s alumni, in the IDF and National Service. The program will be followed by live music, featuring BaRock Orchestra, dancing and delicious Israeli food. This commemoration and celebration will include the unveiling of a unique and extraordinary piece of artwork, commissioned by Stacey and Amir Goldman. To learn more, click here.

Honoring Local Jewish Heroes
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: Har Zion Temple

Celebrate Israel’s independence by honoring the local IDF heroes who have served and protected the country, including NextGen Chair Adam Klazmer. To register, click here. 

Israel’s Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, May 8, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kaiserman JCC 

Looking for a way to go all out for Israel’s big 7-4? Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with the Israeli American Council, also known as IAC! Supported by the Jewish Federation through an Israel Engagement Grant, get excited for this evening of Israeli dancing, music, and activities for the whole family. Remember to bring your own blanket and chair for the event. To learn more and register, click here.

Bucks County Jewish Festival 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

You can still show your love for Israel, even after Yom Ha’atzmaut! Bring the whole family to appreciate Israeli culture while enjoying a jam-packed Jewish community festival. Among an array of activities, there will also be Israeli-themed food, craft vendors, music and more. To learn more and register, click here.

Mesiba: Israel Independence & Lag B’Omer Fest
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Fabrika, Philadelphia, PA

Why celebrate one Jewish holiday, when you can celebrate two?! The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is partnering with The Chevra and 15 other organizations for a single night of 3 epic-themed parties in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut and Lag B’omer. Come for the Israel happy hour, urban campfire and concert. To learn more and register, click here.

Israel 75 Mission
May 14-21, 2023

Already revved up for next year’s Yom Yom Ha’atzmaut? We have you covered with an eight-day journey to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Jewish State’s founding by experiencing Israel your way with a customized track that speaks to your unique passions and interests. 

Ready to register for the mission? To sign up, click here.

To learn more at an information session, click here.