Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrates the independence of Israel, and this year, BBYO will lead the community in the celebration with a picnic and cross-cultural fun.
BBYO is hosting a group of Israeli teens who will visit Louisville, staying in homes with members, said Mike Steklof, teen director. They will visit schools and try to get as clear a picture of what it’s like to be an American teenager, while BBYO members will learn from their visitors what it’s like to be an Israeli teen.
The visit will culminate with a shuk festival at the JCC on April 22, to which all are invited, Steklof said.
The shuk festival celebrates the Israeli shuk, or marketplace. American and Israeli children will staff each station on the JCC campus.
“It’s very exciting for BBYO to partner with Israeli teens, who will give insight into what it’s like to be a teenager in Israel,” Steklof said. “It’s a great way to foster international friendships.”
It will be a fun family festival with food, games and activities.
Simona Koren, the leader of the delegation from Israel, is a high school drama and theater teacher from Akko, Israel. She will also sing with Lee Koren and Metar Katz.
There will be an Israeli dinner. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for ages 2 and younger.