Maryland Goes Big for Israel’s 70th

Rabbi Yedidya Atlas (Facebook)

Israel is hitting the big 7-0 and Baltimore is ready to party. Whether you’re an adult who wants to celebrate with a couple libations, a child simply looking for a moonbounce to jump on or looking for family-friendly learning opportunities, the community has offerings that run the gamut.

Rabbi Yedidya Atlas, a lieutenant colonel and head of special projects for the Israel Defense Forces Military Rabbinate, speaks at Suburban Orthodox Congregation on April 14 as part of the congregation’s Israel at 70 Yom Hazikaron/Ha’atzmaut Shabbos program. Atlas will speak about the current state of the IDF, halachic issues with having a Jewish army and other topics. The event is $20 per person and $70 for families. RSVP at

On April 17, journalists Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s editor-in- chief, and Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Op-Ed columnist, explore America’s evolving foreign policy and its implications on Israel’s future. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin will serve as the moderator. The discussion takes place at Beth Tfiloh at 7:30 p.m. For further information, visit 2HVRMTO.

Beth Tfiloh hosts the Community-Wide Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration in conjunction with many community organizations and congregations on April 18. The American Jewish quartet Soulfarm leads a tefillah service at 6:15 p.m., with the full celebration beginning at 7 p.m. with a special video message from Knesset members and a special ceremony honoring seven IDF soldiers. For children there will be an archaeology dig, a kids’ Kotel, an opportunity to create their own dog tags and inflatable amusements. Israeli style barbecue and wine tastings will also be available for dinner (with a 3-D Israel cake for dessert). The evening concludes with a fireworks display. Call 410-486-1900.

Soulfarm (Meir Lolko Design)

Those who are 21 and older can raise a toast to Israel’s birthday with Beera VeNashira, an evening all about Israeli beer at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center hosted by the Jewish Federation of Howard County and Columbia Jewish Congregation. The April 19 event will also feature Israeli group singalongs led by CJC Cantor Benjamin Kintisch and Federation shlicha Ella Haetzni. Call 410-730-4976.

Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah celebrates Israel’s birthday with guest speakers Alex Simone and BZD Shliach Idan Zrihen on April 22 at 12:45 p.m. The event is free and includes Israeli dancing, a falafel bar and a giant floor map of Israel for children. RSVP by April 16 by calling Marcia Greenfield at 410-486-3113.

The JCC’s Jewish Film Festival and the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts take part in the festivities on April 22 with the Israel Expo, where attendees learn about local organizations supporting Israel. The films “An Israeli Love Story” and “Between Worlds” will be shown from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m., respectively. Call 410-356-7469.

Beth Israel Congregation holds its Israel Turns 70 celebration on April 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Neil Rubin, chair of the department of Jewish history at Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School, gives an interactive talk. Contact Rabbi Rachel Blatt at 410-654-0800 x215.

On May 6, former Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman will give a presentation called “Israel’s Incredible Story and Contribution to the World.” The event takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah. Call 410-653-7485.

Also on May 6, The Jewish Federation of Howard County hosts the Israel at 70 Festival at Temple Isaiah. The party kicks off at 1 p.m. with performances by synagogue choirs and dance groups, Israeli crafts, foods, an army training obstacle course and a moonbounce, among other attractions. The event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, contact Ella Haetzni at 410-730-4976 x122 or shlichut@jewish


Dr. Frank Luntz delivers his lecture “Israel, BDS, and Anti-Semitism: Using the Words That Work” from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 8 at Temple Oheb Shalom. Luntz is a communication professional who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Refreshments will also be served. To RSVP, contact Phyllis Gwynn at or 410-542-4850.

The Maryland/Israel Development Center presents “Israel: The Startup Nation” featuring Israeli companies with offices in Baltimore County on May 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Companies that will be present include ISR Corporation, Jedvice and Nayax. Yifat Alon Perel, minister for economic and trade affairs at the Israeli Embassy and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will be on hand to give remarks. An event in the same series will be held in Howard County in June. For more information, contact Nancy Boguslaw at nboguslaw@

On May 17, The Jewish Federation of Howard County memorializes fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of hostile acts with their program Matkon Im Zikaron (“A Taste of Memories”). This free event will have participants cook the favorite Israeli foods of the deceased. For more information, email Ella Haetzni at shlichut@jewish

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