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Yom HaAtzmaut activities around the Bay ( from the J weekly)
“Voices of Israel: Celebrating Israel @ 63” takes place 2 to 9 p.m. May 15 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. Registration required. $10-$25. Information: (510) 318-6453 or http://www.jfed.org.
In Palo Alto, the Oshman Family JCC will be holding a celebration on the actual day of Yom HaAtzmaut, Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jessica L. Saal Town Square on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life.
The party will feature temporary kibbutzes, each one based on a real Israeli kibbutz. The kibbutz representing the Ein Gedi Kibbutz, the only populated botanical garden in the world, will host a gardening activity; Gvar’am, an agriculture-focused kibbutz, will feature a petting zoo.
There will be more than 20 stations as well as Israeli food, music and dancing. The Oshman Family JCC is located at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto.
Israeli dancing and music by three groups will be featured at a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 party at Temple Isaiah, 3800 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. The $5 admission fee includes a falafel dinner.
In Vallejo, Solano County’s Jewish community is throwing a big party for Yom HaAtzmaut. The event is set for May 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel, will feature Israeli food, merchandise, music and dancing, and a visual display of the history of the nation and the people of Israel.
The keynote speaker will be Gideon Lustig, the S.F.-based deputy consul general of Israel. The event is free and open to the public. Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 1256 Nebraska St. in Vallejo.