Yom Ha’Atzmaut: A Day of Celebration for All of Israel 


A few minutes after sundown following Yom Ha’Zikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day), the Israeli flag on Mount Herzl is raised from half-staff (in memory of the fallen soldiers and victims of terror) to the top of the pole, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) begins. Celebrated on the 5th day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, this is the anniversary of the day (corresponding to the Gregorian date of May 14, 1948) on which David Ben-Gurion publicly read the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the celebrations began. 


Israel’s Independence Day marks the creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948. Much like Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, Jewish people in Israel honor Yom Ha’atzmaut with fireworks, barbecues, and concerts. Outside of Israel, Jewish communities generally host parties, extravaganzas. This year, with social distancing in place around the world, many communities will instead gather in virtual celebration. The Tampa JCCs and Federation proudly brings to our community and beyond, Israel Through A Lens. The creatively curated day of events will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 beginning at 12:30 PM EST.  


The day will honor Israel in many creative and cultural fashions. 

Tampa Israel Independence Day Celebration


Honor the Independence of Israel with incredible entertainment enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Virtually - We proudly present:


Israel Through a Lens

Sunday, April 18 | 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM

FREE to the Community

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Get ready for the evening movie Breaking Bread by preparing this easy Israeli delectable Hummus recipe brought to you by Tampa PJ Library. 


Hummus in a Bag Ingredients:

5 tablespoons tahini

3 tablespoons water

6 tablespoons lemon juice

16 ounces/450g canned chickpeas, drained

½ teaspoon salt

1 or 2 cloves garlic


1.         Blend tahini, water, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender.

2.         Add chickpeas, salt, and garlic, and pulse ingredients until incorporated, then blend until  smooth.

3.         Dip veggies, bread, or whatever you like.

1.         TIP: Don’t have a blender? Use a whisk to mix your tahini, water and lemon juice. You can smash your chickpeas with a fork or potato masher.

12:30 PM  I Israel Through The Lens of Udi Goren


Join us as Israeli photographer Udi Goren guides us through a photographic journey of the gorgeous landscapes of Israel. A conversation with Udi will follow the exhibit.

1:00 PM | Innovation Through Creative Medicine


Presenting the medical clowns from Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital (Tampa's sister city in Israel). Learn the unique process of how medical clowns provide intensive care for the soul by deflecting anxiety and stress through the art of clowning. Meet the clowns and senior physicians of Assuta Ashdod in this 1-hour inspirational conversation.

2:15 PM | Author Presentation & Conversation Sara Gelbard; The Sound of Her Voice


A story of her experience growing up on one of the first kibbutzim in Israel and how she was forced to repress her individuality, and the self-expression of a normal childhood. This book sensitively follows her personal journey through life from Israel to New York and Uruguay, and gives voice to how she finally created a home for herself and in her heart and healed what she lost.

3:30 PM | Signature Family Feature - Jewish Rock Radio All-Star Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration!

Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) and the Tampa JCCs and Federation invites you and your family to The JRR All-Star Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration featuring Israeli superstars, David Broza, Josh Nelson, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Rick Recht, Shimon Smith, Laurie Akers, Rabbi Lisa Silverstein, teens and college students sing in Israel and special guest leaders including Dan Shapiro (Former US Ambassador to Israel), Rabbi Eric Fingerhut (President and CEO of JFNA) and more! An unbelievable 1-hour long virtual party for the entire family to enjoy!

5:00 PM | Israeli Featured Film Breaking Bread

Virtual link will be available for 24 hours

A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; on the public, rather than the politicians.

Breaking Bread Trailer


This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund:

A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors.

For more information about Israel Independence Day Celebration contact Brandy Gold at brandy.gold@jewishtampa.com