A lack of funding has forced organizers to cancel this year’s Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, a community event that at its height attracted as many as 30,000 people. An immediate donation of around $30,000 could reverse the decision, according to Yoram Gutman, executive director of Israel Independence Day Festival, which runs the event. The festival honoring Israel’s 63rd birthday was scheduled for May 15.
The flag is like a tallit. The tallit envelops us in a physical connection to God and to the Jewish people.
It's a fact of life: Israel's blue and white is a red flag for the fanatics. Wave it, and they are likely to charge.