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Celebrate Israel's 70th Birthday

Hollywood Temple Beth El
Event organized by Hollywood Temple Beth El

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70 years ago, the impossible happened. A people almost wiped off the face of the earth reestablished an independent state of Israel after 2000 years of foreign colonialism, ethnic cleansing and genocide. On Saturday, April 21, the members of Hollywood Temple Beth El and the Iranian American Jewish Federation will celebrate the State of Israel’s 70th birthday with a joint program at noon, following their Shabbat morning services which begin at 9:45 AM.

Gary Ratner, Senior Executive of Stand with Us will address the gathering. Stand with Us is an international education organization whose mission is to disseminate the facts about Israel and the Middle East conflict and to counter the misinformation and misconceptions that are prevalent in the general community here and abroad. Stand With Us works on campuses, in high schools, in communities, churches and synagogues. Stand With Us has offices across the United States, Canada, the U.K, Australia, South Africa and Israel. For more information, go to their website: www.standwithus.com .

There will be a musical presentation of popular Israeli songs led by Cantorial Soloist, Bryce Emily Megdal. Megdal is a dynamic and thrilling vocalist and song-leader who officiates at High Holy Day and other special events for Hollywood Temple Beth El.

According to Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, “The State of Israel is one of the modern wonders of the world. The State of Israel is now an amalgam of Jews from such diverse regions as the Middle East, Europe, Africa, India, and central Asia. One of the oldest languages of the world, Hebrew, was reborn as a living, common tongue of this reborn people. In its short history, a gathering of impoverished refugees has become the leading innovator in medicine, science, technology, and agriculture. “

The celebration will be held at the main sanctuary at 1317 N Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood. For more information, please call 323-656-3150 of email: temple@htbel.org