Jewish community throws ‘big bash’ for Israel’s 70th birthday

Two months after Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding as a state on May 14, 1948, Jacksonville’s Jewish community threw a “Big Birthday Bash for Israel” on July 14.

The event, held at Congregation Ahavath Chesed, The Temple in San Jose, included a traditional Middle Eastern bazaar, an Israeli-inspired dinner catered by the Athenian Owl Restaurant, music provided by SunJammer and Israeli singer Noam Wolf, and both live and silent auctions, emceed by Dan Kossoff.

The fun evening out also offered onsite childcare services so the adults could enjoy Israeli dance lessons,. The bazaar – or shuk – sold Mediterranean and Israeli beer and wine, jewelry, and Dead Sea spa products.


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