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Israel Independence Day celebration – Tampa style

Israel Independence Day event offers host of activities


On the front page From left; Mini-triathlon competitors race around the elevated track at the Glazer JCC. (L-R) are Danny Colen, 8, Sophie Friedman, 10, Lev Berger, 9, and Matias Colen, 10.; Mom Elena Khaidov and son, David, 8, display their Israel pride; At the Jewish War Veterans Post 373 informational table, Ben Reinhold, left, and Shneur Rivkin chat with Howard Adlin, seated. On the front page From left; Mini-triathlon competitors race around the elevated track at the Glazer JCC. (L-R) are Danny Colen, 8, Sophie Friedman, 10, Lev Berger, 9, and Matias Colen, 10.; Mom Elena Khaidov and son, David, 8, display their Israel pride; At the Jewish War Veterans Post 373 informational table, Ben Reinhold, left, and Shneur Rivkin chat with Howard Adlin, seated. About 600 people turned out on Sunday, April 30 to celebrate Israel Independence Day in Tampa, with folks enjoying music, Israeli food, games, crafts and athletic competition.

For the last several years the event has been put on by the Tampa JCCs & Federation at its Cohn Campus in Citrus Park, with many events held outdoors. This year it was switched to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, which opened last December on Howard Avenue in west Tampa.

With the exception of the swimming portion of triathlons for adults and children, all activities were held indoors. This included board games and pool for tweens and teens in the JLoft, while younger children enjoyed hopscotch, hula hoops, Lego construction, face painting and craft projects in another area. A PJ Library storytime was also offered, as well as chance for kids to plant seeds and take their containers home.


Israeli salad, baba ganoush, falafel and Israeli beer and wine, as well as kosher hot dogs, were among the offerings at the Israel Independence Day event. This year, folks enjoyed their meals in air-conditioned comfort in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Israeli salad, baba ganoush, falafel and Israeli beer and wine, as well as kosher hot dogs, were among the offerings at the Israel Independence Day event. This year, folks enjoyed their meals in air-conditioned comfort in the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Nearby there was an assortment of Israeli food for purchase and offerings of Israeli beer and wine. Some took the opportunity to dance to Israeli music, while many others enjoyed their meals and just listened.

There were three cooking demonstrations put on by the Glazer campus chef and the JCC is still fielding requests for the chef’s matzah ball soup recipe. Participents were also able to place prayers in a replica of the Western Wall and send postcards to IDF soldiers. The prayers will be delivered to the real Western Wall in the future.


Selah Eichenholtz, 8, of Apollo Beach decorates a bandana. Selah Eichenholtz, 8, of Apollo Beach decorates a bandana. In yet another area folks could join in a drum circle and later watch On the Map, a film about the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s unforgettable victory over a the four-time defending champion Soviet team in the European Championship tournament in 1977.

A “Sip & Skype” book discussion with author Gavriel Savit about his book Anna and the Swallow Man was also held.

Adults and children got to join in a “Race Through Israel” in triathlon competitions that included laps around the elevated track which circles the JCC gymnasium, rides on exercise bicycles and laps in one of the outdoor pools in the adjacent Mezrah Family Aquatic Center.


Jana Broder of Drum Magic leads a drum circle. Jana Broder of Drum Magic leads a drum circle. A variety of Jewish organizations set up informational booths and Rabbi Mendy Dubrowsky offered scribe lessons. Tefillin wrapping was also offered.



Gail and Jerry Gewirtz offer Star of David cookies at the Rodeph Sholom table. Gail and Jerry Gewirtz offer Star of David cookies at the Rodeph Sholom table.

Shoshanna Shor, 4, and brother Jacob, 8, at the Lego table. Shoshanna Shor, 4, and brother Jacob, 8, at the Lego table.

Tyler Pillai, 4, shares time with dad, Nish. Tyler Pillai, 4, shares time with dad, Nish.

Yekusiel Rivkin, 5, displays an Israeli flag he made at the crafts table. Yekusiel Rivkin, 5, displays an Israeli flag he made at the crafts table.

Ava Edinger, 13, shows off her ribbon after finishing the mini-triathlon. Ava Edinger, 13, shows off her ribbon after finishing the mini-triathlon.

Lev Berger, 9, of Tampa, completes the final portion of the mini-triathlon event, finishing first. Lev Berger, 9, of Tampa, completes the final portion of the mini-triathlon event, finishing first.

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