Israel Is 57!
Normally Israel's birthday is celebrated on the 5th of Iyar, but since it falls on Shabbat this year, the celebration day was moved to the 3rd of Iyar (Thursday, May 12).
In Los Angeles, our Israel Festival is on May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.
I asked the second-graders at Pressman Academy in Los Angeles what they think of when I say the word "Israel." Here is what Alexa, Noam, Maor, Aaron, Josh, David, Rachel and Jacob said:
"Israel is the land of freedom, an ancient land, the land of milk and honey, the land of the Jewish people, a land of happiness, and the Land of God"