Celebrate Israel Festival in L.A. brings civic and communal interests together

Israel supporters, both Jew and Gentile, large and small, came out to celebrate a spectacular, 15,000+ person, community-wide festival commemorating Israel's Independence Day.  The crowd was treated to ethnic Israeli foods (including Sadaf Brand), world music, drum circles, folk dancing and a 200-vendor village which showcased Israeli artwork, sculptures, jewelry, and Judaica gifts.
Mirror-floored, Star of David sculpture (photo:Orly Halevy)


One of America's pre-eminent Israeli Independence gatherings, now called the Celebrate Israel Festival returned after a break last year from Woodley Park - back to its original venue on the Westside of Los Angeles. The event began with a a 1.5-mile free “Salute to Israel Walk” presented by StandWithUs. Hundreds walked from Rancho Park to the Museum of Tolerance and back to show solidarity with the State of Israel. A salute to Israel drive-by heralded the start of the walk with an automobile caravan of custom designed, 9/11 Tribute-“Fueled by the Fallen.”

Saville Katz and Scott Jacobs drew-out the stories from the fair
JooTube.TV chronicled some of the goings-on at the Fest. Elected officials (and candidates) participated in a ceremony, presenting certificates to the Israeli Leadership Coalition. JooTube drew-out some luminaries at the Festival. Video segments:
  1. Michael Medved, author and radio host, discussing how America's Israel policy is crucial to America maintaining global stability against aggressive regimes;
  2. The Fire Chief of the metropolitan Jerusalem region, Shmuel Friedman on sharing intelligence;
  3. Actor, Shmuel Livne impersonates Israel's founding father, David Ben Gurion and discusses the man;
  4. Artist and former IDF soldier, Tomer Peretz, presented "The Unbreakable Project" exhibit depicting the struggle of the Israeli soldier against an implacable, Islamist enemy;
  5. Jewish rap-star, Kosher Dillz, raps about the Arab "Occupation" of historic Jewish lands;
  6. Michael Medved is asked whether he feels that Israel, threatened by Iranian nuclear weaponizing, should trust Barack Obama's campaign promise to stop Iran so that Israel doesn't have to.

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Singer, Eyal Golan (Photo: Orly Halevy)

Update: Israeli pop-singer, Eyal Golan headlined the entertainment. See the crowd enjoying the sing and dance-along.
Israeli-Americans demonstrate love of G-d and love of Zion (photo Orly Halevy)


















See if you can recognize yourself or someone you know among the audience of thousands enjoying the concert.

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Eyal Golan performed a show which included both secular and religious themed songs.

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