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Virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)
Yom Ha’atzmaut is like Israel’s 4th of July, a festival of Israeli independence that is celebrated worldwide. The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is participating with a full slate of activities, open to all. They include:
- Yom Ha’atzmaut: Benji Lovitt Comedy Show: 6 p.m. Thurs., April 15. Benji Lovitt is an Israeli-American comedian, educator and writer who has a unique eye for translating the cultural challenges and hilarities of life in Israel.
- Yom Ha’atzmaut: “Humans of Israel” Virtual Photo Exhibit: 1-2 p.m. April 15. Acclaimed photographer Erez Kaganovits explores the amazing diversity of Israel’s people. He’s behind the “Humans of Tel Aviv” and “Humans of the Holocaust” projects and an inspiring public speaker who has given TEDx talks about storytelling.
- Yom Ha’atzmaut: Virtual Painting Class: 8-9 p.m. April 15. Nechama Huber of The Pop Cakery kosher bakery in Pittsburgh is also a master painter and decorator. Though her art is usually reserved for desserts, she’s also adept at teaching painting classes for adults. Though the free painting kits are currently “sold out,” you can email Nechama directly to purchase one. (Her email will be provided upon registration).
- Meet the Jewish Federation’s Newest Shinshinim! Noon to 1 p.m. April 18. Teens can meet the new high school grad ambassadors from Israel: Amit Haizler, Shachaf Balasiano and Itai Rovnik, and learn more about them while playing games. (“Shinshinim” comes from the first letters of “Shnat Sherut,” or “Year of Service” in Hebrew).
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