Main Israel Jubilee Events- United States and Canada
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 Main Israel Jubilee Events- United States and Canada
 
 Main Israel Jubilee Events- United States and Canada
  Main Israel Jubilee Events: United States and Canada

Note: The information below was provided by the respective Israeli embassies and consulates abroad (highlighted in bold). For further information or clarification, please contact them directly. Addresses, e-mail addresses and contact numbers can be accessed from our website.

(updated as of January 4, 1998)


Location

            

Date

Type of event

WASHINGTON DC

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event torch relay

 

Dec. 15

Events marking Israels jubilee launched at the Library of Congress. The series of events will conclude with the opening of an exhibition at the Jefferson Memorial including Judaica treasures from the library and testimonies and documents dealing with the establishment of the State of Israel.

 

Feb. 28Apr. 5, 1998

Arts festival at the Kennedy Center:
Gesher, Vayomer Vayelekh, Batsheva
Films, exhibitions, literary panels

 

Independence Day

Festive reception

Special events in Congress:

  • Exhibitions
  • Joint resolution by both houses of Congress
  •  

     

    Union Station Israel Week exhibitions, films, dance troupes, music, song, etc.

    Washington and traveling around US and Canada

    AprilDecember 1998

    MPI giant exhibition Israeli culture and arts throughout history

     

     

    Production of IMAX film Voices of Israel, to be screened at 200 IMAX theaters around the world, with movie stars and musicians

      

    NEW YORK

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event
    Opening of the jubilee celebrations at Gracie Mansion

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception

       
      

    Orchestras and chamber groups:

    New York and traveling around US and Canada
    (events organized by the mission in New York)

    January 1998

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

     

    February 1998

    Chen Zimbalista

     

    April 1998

    Camerata

     

    April 1998

    Wind quintet

     

    November 1998

    Chamber orchestra

      

    Dance troupes:

     

    March-April

    Batsheva

     

    February 1998

    Kibbutz Dance Company
    Israel Ballet
    Ingathering: a selection of ethnic dance
    Inbal and/or Zivya Bar and Abramov
    Fringe groups

      

    Theater:

       Gesher
    Vayomer Vayelekh
    Solo performances: A Jew in the Dark
    Avia’s Summer
    (for Jewish community centers)
      

    Happening:

       Zik (chance of reaching Kennedy looking into it in New York)
    Arma outdoor theater
      

    Music:

       Liz Magnes
    Hava Alberstein
    Ahinoam Nini
    Cantorial event
    Jazz event (Blue Note)
    Opera: Salute to Israel (young stars)
      

    Pantomime:

       Hanoch Rosen
      

    Film:

     Autumn 1998 Film festival (in New York and Los Angeles)
    Festival Lincoln Center
      

    Exhibitions:

       Ethnographic exhibition Museum of Natural History and Israel Museum
    Photography ICP
      

    Books

       Literary panels in cultural centers
      

    ATLANTA

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah Opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception
    Performance at a major theater
    Art and information exhibitions
    Exhibition of archaeological finds from the excavations at Tzippori, at the Emory University museum

    Alabama

    January 1998

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

      

    BOSTON

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception
    Main performance at Symphony Hall

     

    June 1998

    Community street celebrations and entertainment (20,000 people)

     

    Autumn 1998

    Israeli film festival
    Kibbutz Dance Company
    Gesher Theater

      

    CHICAGO

    Dec. 20, 1997

    Festival to last until March 1998 in honor of Israel at 50. The festival will include Israeli films, lectures, and cultural events.

     

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Opening of Israels jubilee celebrations, with Mayor Daley

     

    Jan. 11, 1998

    Concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and reception at Symphony Center

     

    Feb. 1, 1998

    Jazz musician Danny Gottfried will appear in a special 50th anniversary program at the Green Mill club.

     

    Feb. 21, 1998

    The musician Chen Zimbalista will perform at the Central East Theater in Skokie.

     

    Mar. 28, 1998

    Opening of an Israeli art exhibition and reception

     

    Apr. 15, 1998

    The local CBS station will air a two-hour story about Israel at 50.

     

    Apr. 27, 1998

    A delegation of 400 people from Chicago will leave on a special El Al flight for Israel to mark the jubilee.

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Independence Day celebrations to be held in the central auditorium at Northwestern University, with a performance by Ahinoam Nini (8,000 people)

     

    May 2, 1998

    Evening of Israeli music

     

    May 3, 1998

    Israel Parade, with the singer David Broza performing at the end

     

    July 12, 1998

    A large-scale musical event with Gil (Haggai) Shaham and an exhibition on Israel will take place as part of the Ravinia Festival.

    Kansas City (Missouri, Kansas)

    Jan. 1011, 1998

    Ariel Segal will conduct the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra in an event dedicated to Israel at 50.

     

    Mar. 110, 1998

    Trip to Israel by a delegation from Jewish communities

     

    Mar. 15, 1998

    The musician Yehuda Yisraeli, together with the citys Camerata, will perform at the Unity Temple.

     

    Mar. 17, 1998

    Artistic program by the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

     

    Mar. 18, 1998

    Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company at the University of Kansas

     

    Apr. 29, 1998

    The Kansas Jewish community will celebrate Independence Day with a festive concert.

     

    May 2, 1998

    The band Habrera Hativit will perform in Johnson County.

     

    May 89, 1998

    The Israeli author Zeev Chafets will speak to the community about Israel at 50.

     

    NovemberDecember 1998 (Nov. 29Dec. 3)

    Israeli arts show at the Kansas City JCC

    MinneapolisSt. Paul (Minnesota)

    January-April 1998 (Jan. 10Apr. 12, 1998)

    Monthly program for young people about Israel at 50

     

    Jan. 11, 1998

    Israeli evening. Slides will be shown to mark the centenary of Zionism and the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.

     

    Feb. 28, 1998

    Concert of music by Israeli composers

     

    Mar. 1017, 1998

    Lecture series on the Israeli vision and Israeli film

     

    Mar. 719, 1998

    Jewish film festival (at the Minneapolis JCC)

     

    Mar. 29, 1998

    Opening of an Israeli fashion show, sponsored by womens organizations

     

    Apr. 19, 1998

    Exhibition of Israeli cuisine at the biggest shopping center in Minneapolis

     

    Apr. 24, 1998

    Independence Day celebrations will begin with a parade through the city, will feature Israeli cuisine, and will end with a performance by the singer Hava Alberstein.

     

    Apr. 28, 1998

    An exhibition on 28 Israeli leaders will be held in Minneapolis.

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Children’s parade to mark Israel at 50

     

    Apr. 30May 3, 1998

    Festival of nations in St. Paul, with a booth on Israeli popular art

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Concert by Habrera Hativit

     

    May 10, 1998

    Musical by college students to celebrate Israels jubilee

     

    June 11, 1998

    Dances by five choreographers based on Israeli effects

     

    AugustSeptember 1998

    Picture exhibition at the St. Paul JCC entitled "The Birth of Israel"

    Detroit (Michigan)

    Jan. 131, 1998

    The exhibition "The Birth of Israel," on Israel at 50 from the perspective of Detroit Jewry, will be shown at the JCC.

     

    Jan. 23, 1998

    Sabbath services and song concert at Beth El to celebrate Israels jubilee

     

    Feb. 12, 1998

    Lecture series on Israel at 50

     

    Feb. 25, 1998

    The musician Chen Zimbalista and an orchestra will perform for the general public.

     

    Mar. 5, 1998

    Dialogue on Partnership 2000

     

    Mar. 19, 1998

    The young peoples group will hold a discussion on Israel at 50 at the JCC.

     

    Mar. 29, 1998

    Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel

     

    Apr. 19, 1998

    The author Yehuda Amihai will appear at the JCC.

     

    Apr. 27, 1998

    Independence Day dinner

     

    Apr. 29, 1998

    Israeli evening Israeli cuisine and Jewish music

     

    Apr. 926, 1998

    Art exhibition on Israel at the JCC

     

    May 10, 1998

    Israeli song festival at the JCC to celebrate the jubilee

     

    May 17, 1998

    Lecture on the influence of Orthodox power in Israel and its meaning for the Jewish world, by Zeev Segal

     

    May 17, 1998

    Israel Parade, to conclude with a concert by orchestras and choirs

     

    May 17, 1998

    Salute to Israel concert

     

    May 28, 1998

    Israel Festival 98

     

    June 1998

    Performance by Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba band

    St. Louis (Missouri)

    Dec. 21, 1997

    Opening of jubilee celebrations at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

     

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Israel Parade

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Main jubilee event

    Flint (Michigan)

    May 3, 1998

    Israel Parade, to conclude with a performance by the band Asta

     

    April 1998

    Israeli film festival in Flint, Michigan

      

    HOUSTON

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah Opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception

     

    May 1998

    Habrera Hativit
    Israeli film series
    Jazz performance
    Exhibitions and publications
    Kibbutz Dance Company

      

    LOS ANGELES

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah Opening event

     

    Dec. 25, 1997

    Israel at 50 Hanukkah celebration and Rabin memorial – L.A. Jewish Symphony

     

    Dec. 25, 1997

    Israel at 50 Hanukkah celebration and Rabin memorial – L.A. Jewish Symphony

    Los Angeles

    Jan. 6, 1998

    Amos Oz

    San Diego

    Jan. 8, 1998

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    Los Angeles

    Jan. 11 & 25 1998

    "Voices from the Holy and Not So Holy Land" – play by Steve Greenstein

    Beverly Hills

    Jan. 17

    Lea Lifshitz Art Show

    Los Angeles

    Jan. 23-25 1998

    Conference: Israel at 50, Her Art, Her Music

    Orange County

    Feb. 9 – May 3, 1998

    "Birth of Israel" Art Exhibit

    Escondido, CA

    Feb. 10, 1998

    Batsheva Dance Company

    Los Angeles

    Feb. 13-15, 1998

    Batsheva Dance Company

    Los Angeles

    Feb. 23, 1998

    Vivace Children (child prodigies of the Ramat Gan Conservatory)

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Feb. 28-29, 1998

    Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company

    Los Angeles

    Mar. 5, 1998

    Young Israeli Artists – pianist Ory Shihor and cellist Chagit Glaser

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 4, 1998

    L.A. Modern Dance and Ballet – Cal State L.A. program honoring the State of Israel

    Costa Mesa, CA

    Apr. 15-May 14, 1998

    "From Israel with Love" – Water colors of Israel by Dorothy Rice

    Tucson, AZ

    Apr. 19, 1998

    Israel Camerata

    Sedona, AZ

    Apr. 19, 1998

    New Israel Woodwind Quartet

    Las Vegas, NV

    Apr. 19, 1998

    Israel Independence Day celebration

    Phoenix, AZ

    Apr. 20, 1998

    Israel Camerata

    Escondido, CA

    Apr. 25, 1998

    Israel Camerata

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 25, 1998

    Givatron

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Israel Camerata

    Irvine, CA

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Givatron – Israel 50 JCC Fair

    South Bay, LA

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Independence Day Festival (Jewish Federation of L.A.)

    Tucson, Phoenix AZ

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Kibbutz Artzi Choir

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Hollywood Salutes Israel
    Independence Day –
    Festive reception, Exhibitions, Artistic performances

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Independence Day – Screening of official "Israel at 50" Documentary

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Chava Alberstein

    Los Angeles

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Recital by Israeli mezzo sporano Rinat Shaham

    San Diego

    May 3, 1998

    Givatron

    Los Angeles

    May 3, 1998

    Yad b’Yad Youth Theater presents "If You Will It, It is No Dream" – Pomona and Gabriel Valley

    Los Angeles

    May 3, 1998

    Israeli Festival

    Riverside, CA

    May 7, 1998

    Moshe Dor and Barbara Goldberg – Israeli poetry readings

    Los Angeles

    May 7, 1998

    Ivri-Naasawi Israel at 50 Gala

    Los Angeles

    May 9, 1998

    Israeli Gala

    Brandeis, CA

    May 15-17, 1998

    Amos Oz

    Los Angeles

    May 15, 1998

    Byrna Weiss – "Lily"

    Los Angeles

    May 17, 1998

    Yom Ha’atzmaut – Jewish Federation Council of L.A.

    Los Angeles

    May 28, 1998

    David Broza

    Maui, HI

    May 28-Jun. 1, 1998

    Maui Festival – celebrating cultural roots and tradition of people of Hawaii, including its Jewish population

    Los Angeles

    Jun. 2, 1998

    New Music from Israel with contralto Mira Zakai

    Los Angeles

    November 1998

    Israeli film festival

      

    MIAMI

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception
    Exhibitions "Israel at 50"
    Musical performances
    Israeli films

      

    PHILADELPHIA

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event

     

    January 1998

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception

     

    JanuaryMay 1998

    Retrospective of Israeli film
    Parade through the streets of Philadelphia
    Departure for Israel of a special solidarity mission of 1,000 people

     

     

    Dedication of the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Park

     

     

    The Ohio Cultural Council has set up a Web site for the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel. It notes events being held in Ohio in honor of Israels jubilee, Jewish community sites, and Israeli sites. All organizations or groups holding cultural event relating to the jubilee may be included in the site.

      

    SAN FRANCISCO

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception
    Gala for 500 honored guests
    Big event for families
    Rock concert for teenagers and college students

     

    January 1998

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

     

    Spring 1998

    • Exhibition of treasures from the Israel Museum at a museum in Sacramento and traveling around the US

    • "Long MemoryShort Memory" exhibition at the Magnes Museum
     

    Summer 1998

    • "Desert Cliches" exhibition at a prestigious cultural center

    • Bands and performances

    Preparations in Silicon Valley: A group of Israelis is putting together programs:

    • Financial information The level and intensity of ties between high-tech industries here and there
    • Project activity, such as computerizing schools in development towns
    • Cultural activity An Israeli home

    Portland (Oregon)

     

    Israeli film festival
    Gala event (former president Navon, Ben-Elissar, Senators)
    Interfaith event

     

    Autumn 1998

    Concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Oregon

     

    January 1998

    Israeli book fair (Amos Oz has confirmed his participation; A. B. Yehoshua has been invited)
    Festive game between a team from Portland and Maccabi Tel Aviv
    Bicycle trip in Israel with the participation of hundreds of cyclists from around the US
    Race and parade in honor of the jubilee

     

    Weekend

    Stamp exhibition

     

    Independence Day

    Mass happening Israeli music and food
    50th birthday celebrations for Portland residents born in 1948, sponsored by the Federation
    Special Web site

      

    OTTAWA

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Opening jubilee event lighting the first Hanukkah candle in the Parliament building, in the presence of the Canadian Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, and others (in the implementation stages)

     

    Jan. 24, 1998

    Israeli film festival at the Museum of Civilisation (in the advanced planning stages)

     

    April 1998

    Performance by Israeli artists in a major concert hall (in the planning stages)

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception at the Chateau Laurier hotel (in planning stages)
    Israeli evening, with an address by the Ambassador and artistic programs (in the planning stages)
    The National Arts Centre is in contact with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra regarding a possible performance in the second half of 1998.

      

    MONTREAL

    Feb. 26, 1998

    Gala concert

     

    Late February

    Trip to Israel by a delegation from Jewish communities

     

    Mar. 22, 1998

    Israel Day: The plans call for the event to take place in a big shopping center. Emphasis will be placed on the achievements of the State of Israel in its first 50 years.

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Reception at the consulate

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Official jubilee event by the Federation-CJA

     

    May 14, 1998

    Arts event in cooperation with the Canadian Zionist Federation

     

    May 17, 1998

    Jerusalem Parade. About 20,000 participants are expected.

     

    May 17, 1998

    Israeli street festival

     

    Mid-June

    Sephardic festival dedicated to the jubilee

      

    TORONTO

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Lighting the first Hanukkah candle in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Winnipeg

     

    Mar. 8, 1998

    Israeli fashion show at Yorkdale, the biggest shopping center in Toronto

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Independence Day in Exhibition Stadium: Two shows are planned.

     

    Apr. 23, 1998

    Concert in Vancouver by the Israel Camerata

     

    May 1, 1998

    The University of Toronto will organize a special day for its alumni in Israel.

     

    May 14, 1998

    The University of Toronto will devote the day (the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel according to the Gregorian calendar) to celebrations.

     

    May 18, 1998

    Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton film festival

     

    May 13, 1998

    Shalom Israel band and Yaffa Yarkoni

     

    May 24, 1998

    Israeli festival at Ontario Place downtown the end point of the Israel Parade

     

    Aug. 20Sept. 7

    Israeli booth in the Canadian National Exhibition
    "From Vision to Life": Foreign Ministry exhibition

     

    Dec. 14, 1998

    Party to conclude the festivities