Celebrate Israel


Saturday, April 21

8:30 p.m. An acoustic performance by Matisyahu

Grammy-nominated international superstar Matisyahu returns to the J as part of our Israel @ 70 celebration. His reggae-influenced hits include “One Day” and “King Without a Crown.” He released his sixth studio album, “Undercurrent”, in May 2017.

Buy tickets here


Sunday, April 22

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Israel Engagement Seminar Study! Discuss! Connect!

This community wide opportunity to engage in topics related to Israel will be led by guest speakers as well as Rabbis and educators from our Orange County community. From a Ted Talk introduction to panels of local Rabbis to documentaries to sharing the culture of Israel, be part of showing our support to the State of Israel.



9:00 a.m.


9:30 a.m. 


9:40 a.m.

Israel @ 70

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 1

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Session 2 

Session 1

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Screening in the Theater. Facilitator: Mark Lazar

Jerusalem: Spiritual Center/Political Flashpoint

Facilitator: Lisa Armony – Director, Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County

The Widening Split between Jews in America and in Israel

Facilitator: Yossie Hollander

Selections from the Israeli Bookshelf

Facilitators: Rabbi Stuart Light and Lizi Gilad Silver

What Does Zionism Mean to Me?

Facilitators: Rabbi Yisroel Ciner, Rabbi Hazzan Marcia Tilchin and Rabbi Peter Levi


Session 2

A Heartbeat Away (Save A Child’s Heart)

Screening in the Theater. Facilitator: Dr. Brandy Hattendorf

Two Points of View: Israel/American Jewry and religious issues

Facilitators: Rabbi David Eliezrie and Rabbi Richard Steinberg

Creating art: In the style of Nachum Gutman

Facilitator: Lauren Valantine

The Use of Jewish History in Israeli Politics

Facilitators: Professor Matthias B. Lehmann and Professor Jeffrey Kopstein




10 a.m.-4 p.m. Israeli Artists Shuk

A showcase of unique, handmade crafts and jewelry for purchase.


1-4 p.m. Celebrate Israel Carnival

Fun for the whole family!
Israel carnival games · crafts · Israeli food · artisan shuk · Israeli dancing · kids parade · festival stage

FREE for all





Open to the community  · at the Merage JCC 



Community Partners


Chabad of Orange County

Congregation Beth Jacob

Congregation B’nai Israel

Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot

Friendship Circle/Chabad of Newport Beach

Heritage Pointe

Irvine Hebrew Day School

Jewish Collaborative of Orange County

Jewish Community Foundation

Jewish National Fund

JCC Maccabi

OC Hillel

PJ Library

Save A Child’s Heart

Shevet Tapuz-Israeli Scouts

Temple Bat Yahm

Temple Beth El

Temple Beth Emet

Temple Beth Tikvah

Temple Beth Sholom

Temple Judea




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