A new coalition of 23 Jewish organizations interested in supporting Israel through education, advocacy and community-building is putting on the first-ever community-wide Israel Independence Day celebration in Baltimore. The event, which will be held NEXT SUNDAY, on April 29, 2012 at Towson University, features four hours of interactive activities for all ages, a show by comedian Benji Lovitt, spectacular Israeli artists and a viewing of the documentary “Israel Inside,” deemed the movie version of the popular work, “Start-up Nation.” At least 1,000 people are expected to attend.
The team of event planners calls themselves the “Baltimore Israel Coalition.” It formed in the fall as the situation in Israel heated up and Jewish organizations felt the need to come together to stand up against Iran and train constituents how better to support Israel – locally and to government officials. Nearly 300 people took part in a morning of Israel Advocacy in November 2011.
Now, almost one dozen synagogues have signed on as Independence Day partners (in addition to the coalition members) to plan this spring event.
“This community event demonstrates the newly enhanced and coordinated leadership of the greater Baltimore Jewish community,” says Josh Weintraub, co-chair of the Baltimore Israel Coalition. “We have assembled all those who care about Israel. We invite every supporter of Israel to the Independence Day event to learn more about and celebrate the Jewish state.”
What:Yom Ha’atzmaut 5772 | Israel Independence Day 2012
When:Sunday, April 29, 2012
Time:12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where:Towson University, West Village Commons
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