Israel @ 70

Monday, August 6-10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tzofim Friendship Caravan
The whole family will enjoy Israel Scouts Tzofim Friendship Caravan’s engaging entertainment of singing, dancing, and celebrating Israel. The Caravan’s celebration of Israeli culture will resound with kids and families of all ages. Event will be held on The J campus. Bring your Cultural Pass if you have one!

Sunday, August 19-noon-3 p.m. The Israel Experience- A Festival Celebrating Israel
The J will be transformed into a giant map of Israel with activities representative of the cities of Israel. Make your own works of art in the northern city of Tzfat, enjoy street food in Tel Aviv, place a message in The Western Wall, explore The Dead Sea.

August 31-Sep. 3- Worldfest
Explore Jerusalem with virtual reality glasses, participate in fun innovation games. Israeli-style foods will be served.

Innovation Series
Throughout 2018, a series of programs connecting the innovation in Israel to Louisville will be held. Stay tuned for more details.

October- Biking and Bourbon: A Partnership Experience
This 4-day bike experience seeks to strengthen connections between Jewish Louisville and its Partnership region in the western Galilee. The event includes four days of riding with stops at several Bourbon distilleries for a unique experience. Other activities will include hiking, a leisure ride in parks and St. James Art Festival. There is a limit of 40 participants. Learn more!

Israel at 70 needs volunteers. Please reach out to Lenae Price at for ways to help or with details of other Israel-themed events that should be included in Israel at 70 celebrations.

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Past Events

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.-Scientists of Tomorrow
Come hear two outstanding students from the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science discuss their groundbreaking research at Keneseth Israel. RSVP to Lowell Lustig:

Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.-Yom HaShoah
Featuring Guest Speaker David Lee Preston-son of a Holocaust survivor and reporter for Philadelphia Daily News and

Please join us as we honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust and their families with candle lighting, music and solemn prayer.  David Lee Preston will also recount his parents harrowing ordeal of surviving the Holocaust and reexamine their journey by retracing the footsteps of their escape. Read more!

Tuesday, April 17 & 18- Yom Hazikaron
The J will observe Yom Hazikaron on Wednesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. with a two-minute moment of silent throughout the building.

Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m.- Israeli Culinary Experience: Lunch with Chef Morris
Israeli Chefs Morris Zrihen and Hadas Hay will be in Louisville for two programs designed to offer exposure to the Israeli culinary experience.
At 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, the chefs will be at a private home for an Israeli-style lunch program. The event is exclusively for Lion of Judah and Pomegranate Society donors. The charge is $36.
Pomegranates are women who make individual gifts of $1,800-$4,999 and Lions of Judah are women who make individual gifts of $5,000 and above to the Federation Annual Campaign. Read more!

Sunday, April 22- 1-3 p.m. Israel Independence Day Children’s Celebration
Bring your family to The J to celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday with free music, crafts, games and more! Delicious Israeli-style food will be available, and your children can make history by helping to create an Israel at 70-themed mosaic to be displayed in The J throughout this momentous year. Don’t miss the fun! Read more!

Co-Chairs: Dara Woods and Bekie Admoni

May 30-7 p.m. Decades of Israeli Popular Music
John Gage, host the Kentucky Homefront will introduce seven decades of Israeli popular music (in translation) sung by Cantors David Lipp, Sharon Hordes and Paula Pepperstone, and vocalist Jennifer Diamond at Adath Jeshurun. Costs for the program will be underwritten by Annette and Joseph Gale Fund.