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May 4, 2018  RSS feed
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Tampa takes a week to celebrate 70 years of Israel


Lexi and Ava participated in a painting class on Thursday, April 19. The finished canvases artfully represented Israel at 70. Lexi and Ava participated in a painting class on Thursday, April 19. The finished canvases artfully represented Israel at 70. The celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday was just too big for one day in Tampa.

Nearly 600 community members enjoyed the week-long activities, sponsored by the Tampa JCCs and Federation. Events began on Monday, April 16, and led up to the big celebration hosted at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus on Sunday, April 22.

Fan favorites were a discussion about the declaration of Israel’s independence, with ABC News correspondent Martin Fletcher, via Skype, and enhanced by “Stories Around the Bonfire” with local resident Malka Isaak (see story, page 12), and a food demonstration led by Sylvia Cohn titled “Hummus 7 Ways,” which community members found both delicious and entertaining.


The preschool set showed off their Israel pride with a parade through the JCC at a Tot Shabbat on Friday, April 20. The preschool set showed off their Israel pride with a parade through the JCC at a Tot Shabbat on Friday, April 20. Moviegoers enjoyed the award-winning Israeli film The Matchmaker and the tween crowd participated in a canvas painting class that artfully represented Israel at 70.

Friday the Tampa JCCs and Federation showcased the Tot Shabbat preschool age group with a parade through the JCC in honor of Israel.

The main event, Israel Independence Day, was enjoyed by an estimated crowd of 400 who enjoyed Israeli food, Israeli dancing, Israeli music and vendors displaying Israeli and Jewish-themed items. There were also carnival concessions, games and rides all afternoon.

The youngest children spent the early morning hour crafting camel paintings and enjoying PJ Library story time. The main celebration featured the presentation of colors by the Jewish War Veterans and ribbon cutting for the campus’ newest gems: the Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden. The plaza was dedicated in memory of Doug and Maureen Cohn’s sister, Judy Cohn. Within the park sits the garden, generously donated by Deborah Roth in memory of her husband Jack.


Brianna Miele sings the National Anthem and Hatikvah as the Jewish War Veterans color guard stand at attention during the opening ceremonies for the Israel Independence Day event on Sunday, April 22 at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus. Brianna Miele sings the National Anthem and Hatikvah as the Jewish War Veterans color guard stand at attention during the opening ceremonies for the Israel Independence Day event on Sunday, April 22 at the Maureen & Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus. The biggest hit with the kids and adults was the zip-lining obstacle course. Other attractions included balloon twisting by Rick Weil and face painting creations by Jewel.

The afternoon closed with the traditional cupcake Flag of Israel and the joyful Happy Birthday song performed in English and Hebrew led by Talia Rosenberg and Orly Probasco.


Doug and Maureen Cohn in front of the plaques for the Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden.Doug and Maureen Cohn in front of the plaques for the Judy Cohn Plaza and Jack Roth Garden.


An Israel-themed PJ Library storytime. An Israel-themed PJ Library storytime.

Fiona shows off her face painting by Jewels. Fiona shows off her face painting by Jewels.

The afternoon closed with the traditional cupcake Flag of Israel and a joyful Happy Birthday song sung in English and Hebrew led by Talia Rosenberg and Orly Probasco. The afternoon closed with the traditional cupcake Flag of Israel and a joyful Happy Birthday song sung in English and Hebrew led by Talia Rosenberg and Orly Probasco.

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