Israel celebrating 60 in a series of national events – A List

The state of Israel is celebrating 60 years to its establishment. Next week (Wed.-Fri, May 7-8), Israel will celebrate its independence day in a series of public parties across the country, but this is not all, throughout the year several national projects will be launched and many events, festivals, contests and the like, will take place all over Israel to mark 60 years of independence.

Here are some of the events you’ll be able to participate in if travelling to Israel this year:

  • 1. The State of Israel’s birthday parties (3 huge birthday parties at Nitzanim beach, Rabin square and Achziv beach): 9.5.08
  • 2. Lighting up Israel’s skies (Special display on the eve of Independence Day): 7.5.08
  • 3. Israeli Police Salutes the State of Israel (A fun family event at the Police Academy at Kiryat Ata): 8.5.08
  • 4. A games project in Eilat (Jewish youth from the Diasporas participate in sporting competitions at Eilat): 12.08
  • 5. Basketball against violence (Events to celebrate Israeli accomplishments in the field of basketball): 29.5.08
  • 6. The State of Israel salutes Olim (new immigrants) soldiers and “lonely soldiers” (The State of Israel shows its respect and appreciation to new immigrant soldiers who came to Israel on their own in order to join the IDF): 21.8.08
  • 7. A salute to veterans who fought against the Nazis: 11.5.08
  • 8. Bedouin Festival (Cultural and Touristic Bedouin Festival at Rahat): 8-10.5.08
  • 9. Acre (Akko) Theater and Arts Festival: 10.08
  • 10. The violins of hope – the 60’s concert (The 60’s concert will be held along the Jerusalem walls) 24.9.08
  • 11. Safed (Tzfat) Klezmer Festival opening ceremony: 18.08.08
  • 12. Eilat Jazz Festival (Cooperation between the 60’s events headquarters and the Jazz Festival in Eilat): 8.08
  • 13. Israel Festival (A three day free event at the theater area and an evening saluting 60 years of Israeli cinema): 7.08
  • 14. Karmiel Dancing Festival (Children dancing groups from Israel and abroad will participate in the event celebrating 60 years to Israel): 22-24.7.08
  • 15. Dance Calling on Jerusalem Day (Dancing at the Wailing Wall on Jerusalem Day): 2.6.08
  • 16. Six decades six Museums (Six main museums in Israel will present the artistic accomplishment in Israel during the 60 years of independence): 16.4.08 and throughout the year
  • 17. Security & Defense Cooperation and Export Division (A presentation of the accomplishments of Israel’s military industry): 10.9.08-17.9.08
  • 18. Co-existence Festival (A festival emphasizing co-existence in Israel): 27.8.08
  • 19. 60’s wedding (The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption initiates a celebration for new immigrants – The 60’s wedding): 19.8.08
  • 20. Cohenim blessing at the Western Wall (A special event in collaboration with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation): 10.08.08
  • 21. Children’s films festival in Haifa (An event to mark 60 years of Israeli film making in the field of children’s films): 10.08
  • 22. Military bands from 10 countries play for peace in Israel: 8.5.08
  • 23. Foot path around the Sea of Galilee (The 60th Anniversary Administration and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) invite you to the Sea of Galilee)
  • 24. The IDF solutes Israel (Aerobatic, naval and parachute jumping displays): 8.5.08
  • 25. The 60th birthday of those born on 5 Iyar 5708 (Celebrating the birthday of those born on 5 Iyar 5708 at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem): 11.5.08
  • 26. Cycling to Jerusalem (Before the festival of Sukkoth 2008, a bicycle path will be inaugurated between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem)
  • 27. Independence for All – picnic spots for people with disabilities (Establishing picnic spots accessible to people with disabilities)
  • 28. Beach-ball – A beach football tournament at Sironit beach in Natanya: Summer 08
  • 29. 60 years of fashion – Review of Israel’s accomplishments in the field of fashion: summer 08
  • 30. Israel Ethnic Festival – Street festival in Jerusalem: summer 08
  • 31. Mass Bar Mitzvah (A mass Bar Mitzvah for 600 children from all over Israel in cooperation with Migdal Or Association): a date has not been set yet

Wow, that’s a long list of events, and those are just a few that I’ve pick-out of a much longer list…To view the full list of events, and to get more info, pop into the official celebration web site (in English). See you all in Israel.

Israeli Independence Day and Celebration of 60 years to Israel’s establishment

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