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5-6-70 Israel!

May 6, 2018

The Israel celebration of the year! With delicious food, multiple performers, films, storytelling, games, a vendor area filled with fine crafts and Judaica, a communal Hatikvah sing-along, the grand finale hummus competition and so much more, this will be a birthday party packed with revelry and joy for the whole family.

Wrestling Jerusalem

October 18 - November 5, 2017

Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Theatre Company presents acclaimed actor/playwright Aaron Davidman performing his award-winning play “Wrestling Jerusalem,” a multidimensional journey into the Middle East. The Jewish Community Relations Council hosts two special performances: November 1st (Interfaith Night) welcoming people of all faiths for an evening of exploration and conversation and November 2nd (Jewish Community Night) when our community will come together for the play and a post-performance panel discussion.

Rock in the Red Zone

November 18, 2017

Adath Israel, Merion Station

Filmmaker Laura Bialis traveled to the Negev city of Sderot where, despite regular rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, she encountered a creative community with a thriving indie music scene that captivated her, led her to love and changed her life.  A discussion with the filmmaker and a unique musical performance will follow the screening.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the AI Israel Affairs Committee, and the Havdallah Film Café.

Civil Dialogue for Uncivil Times

February 8, 2018

Jewish-American thought leaders from the Left and the Right debate the important issues facing Israel today, forcefully but civilly.

Hummus Smash

January - May 2018

Are you a hummus whiz? Show off your skills at these community cook-offs and win prizes! Winners will be automatically entered to compete in a city-wide cook-off at our 5-6-70 Israel! celebration.

Philly's Got HaTikvah

January - May 2018

Connect with your community and with Israel by learning and singing HaTikvah, Israel’s national anthem. Share your version on social media and invite your friends and family to do the same. Through music, we’ll all display our bonds.

My Israel Story

January - April 2018

With the help of Philadelphia’s premier storytellers, First Person Arts, craft your story about what Israel means to you. Record it. Share it with the world.


December 3, 2017

A day-long learning fest, hosted by LimmudPhilly, will welcome everyone in Greater Philadelphia to immerse themselves in study with a special Israel track added to the lineup.

Koresh Dance Company

January 20, 2018

Germantown Jewish Centre

A special performance by the renowned Koresh Dance Company followed by a discussion with artistic director, Roni Koresh, on the influence of his native Israel on his work. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Kallah: A Night of Jewish Learning

February 24, 2018

King of Prussia

The Kehillot of Bux-Mont and Chester County are teaming up to renew the Kallah: Night of Jewish Learning,  an evening of Israel-themed classes taught by local rabbis and scholars followed by socializing over dessert.

A Conversation with Ambassador Daniel Shapiro

March 8, 2018

Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El

Join us for a lecture by and discussion with the Honorable Daniel Shapiro, former US Ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration.

Israel in Film

March 2018

The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia expands its first-class offerings to new locations across Greater Philadelphia, showcasing the best Israeli films of the year.

Sustainable Nation

April 24, 2018

Prince Theater, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia premiere of a new documentary showcasing the work of Israeli “water revolutionaries” working around the world to make clean and safe drinking water accessible to millions. This screening is hosted in partnership with Jerusalem U and the Jewish National Fund.

Humans of Tel Aviv

Summer 2018

Discover the diversity and vitality of the “Humans of Tel Aviv,” a photo exhibit that reveals a city in which ultra-Orthodox Jews rub shoulders with their more secular brothers and sisters, as well as Muslims, Christians, African refugees, drag queens and hipsters.

Israeli Change Makers

Year-Long Series 2018

Social innovators from Israel share their insights through multiple facilitated lectures across Greater Philadelphia.

How I Built This

Year-Long Series 2018

Network with business and creative luminaries. Hear their tips, tricks, and professional and Israel stories.

Hungry for Change: Global Strategies on Food Security, Recovery and Justice

November 11-12, 2018

A conference on global strategies for food security, recovery and justice, with a special focus on Israel’s inventive solutions to this on-going crisis. Hosted in partnership with Hazon, the conference features one day of family-friendly activities.

Torah MiTzion

Dates TBD

Israel is as much a wellspring in Torah scholarship as it is in high tech. Come and learn in locations across Greater Philadelphia!