The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia joined with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a once-in-a-lifetime tour and patron mission that celebrated Israel’s 70th anniversary and reinforced the cultural bonds between Philadelphia and Israel. The June 1-7 trip brought together 140 orchestra performers and staff, along with 60 orchestra patrons and Jewish Federation mission participants, for three superb concert performances and numerous musical residencies, along with sightseeing, cultural events and a visit to the Jewish Federation’s Partnership2Gether region of Netivot. A two-day culinary experience with Philadelphia chef and philanthropist Michael Solomonov capped off the incredible experience. Take a look!

Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David performs with Israeli and Arab children at Neve Shalom/Oasis of Peace.

The patron tour takes in a pop-up performance by The Street Philharmonics in Tel Aviv.

Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov joins with Israeli chef and culinary instructor Ido Zarmi for a cooking demonstration in Netiv Halamed-Heh.

Connie Smukler chats with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Yumi Kendall prior to a performance at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

Patrons pose in front of the Baha’i Gardens in Haifa.

Patrons and musicians pose for a photo after a performance at the Jeanne and Bennet Tanenbaum Conservatory of Music in the Jewish Federation partnership region of Netivot.

Incoming JCRC board chair Arlene Fickler and Pamela Schreiber take in a hands-on cooking experience with Michael Solomonov.

Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin delivers an emotional performance at the Haifa auditorium.

Patrons and musicians enjoy a festive “Dinner in the Desert” at the Ella Valley Winery.

Joe Neubauer, Jewish Federation board chair Susanna Lachs Adler, Mayor of Tel Aviv Ron Huldai and Jewish Federation President & CEO Naomi Adler take in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance in Tel Aviv.