A celebration of the 60th birthday of the State of Israel will take place noon to 5 p.m. April 6 on the Ina Levine Jewish Community campus, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. More than 10,000 are expected to attend the event, sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, the JCC Alliance for Israel and the Israel Center of the Federation. Israel declared a state of independence May 14, 1948.
About 50 Jewish organizations are co-sponsors of the event, whose honorary chairmen are Daron and Ron Barness. Ceremonies will begin at 2 p.m., with the main entertainment at 3 p.m. It features Aviva Avidan, a singer and Israel superstar; Arik Davidov, an instrumentalist on trumpet and shofar; and Beny Silmen, a leading player of the bouzouki in Israel, a singer, guitarist and baglama player, with a specialty in oriental instruments.
Other events include a Jerusalem market, featuring Valley and Israeli vendors; camel rides; Israeli cuisine; sky-diving exhibitions, with divers carrying U.S., Israeli, and Arizona flags; and a 6,000-square-foot, interactive exhibit shipped from Israel, which showcases Israel 6 decades. Jewish day schools and Sunday schools will hold a song fest, an Israel fair, Jewish knowledge contest, art displays, skits and more.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., teens can attend the “Israel from Bumper to Bumper” multimedia exhibit, designed by the Bureau of Jewish Education. They can participate in “Club 60” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature music, cappuccinos, Israeli snacks, body art and more.
For young adults, such organizations as Hillel, Tribe, and the Federation’s Youth Leadership Division will host activities, including music, “massages while sipping Turkish coffee and iced mint lemonade,” a belly dancer, raffles and a free one-month membership in the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center.
Shuttle buses will travel every 20 minutes from six satellite parking lots: Sonoran Sky Elementary School, 12990 N. 75th St.; Flight’s Away, 7317 E. Helm Drive; Windrose Square, 7301 E. Helm Drive; Lookout Peaks, 7333 E. Helm Drive; Sky Peaks, 7320 E. Butherus Drive; and Har Zion Congregation, 6140 E. Thunderbird Drive.