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  • Moving and Shaking: Celebrate Israel Festival

    By Ryan Torok

    May 19, 2016 | 2:52 pm

    The Israeli American Council’s (IAC) Celebrate Israel festival drew more than 15,000 attendees of all ages and backgrounds to Cheviot Hills Recreation Center on May 15, making it the largest Jewish festival in North America, according to organizers.

    “If we can connect tens of...

  • DIY pinwheel paper fans for Celebrate Israel Festival

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 11, 2016 | 11:37 am

    If you’re heading to the Celebrate Israel Festival this weekend in Rancho Park, your festival gear won’t be complete without one of these pinwheel paper fans. They can keep you cool in the heat and they’re perfect for waving in the air at the main stage during your favorite musical...

  • Calendar: May 13-19, 2016

    By Amanda Epstein

    May 11, 2016 | 11:01 am

    FRI | MAY 13


    This documentary film by Marcie Begleiter shares the story of one of the few women recognized as a vital part of the New York art scene in the late 1960s, Eva Hesse, who died from a brain tumor at 34. Her sculptures used latex, fiberglass and plastics...

  • Celebrate Israel Festival seeks to engage, expand partnerships

    By Ryan Torok

    May 11, 2016 | 10:43 am

    With a precision flyover, a Moroccan henna party, a fairy hunt, an exhibition honoring 75 years of Bob Dylan and officials paying tribute to the Jewish state, the annual Yom HaAtzmaut Celebrate Israel Los Angeles festival is set to take place this Sunday at Cheviot Hills Recreation...

  • Attacking the messenger and not the message

    May 28, 2015 | 10:52 am

    It is sad that Barbra Miner resorts to the old ploy of attacking the messenger and not the message.

    Yes, I was upset and passionate about the presence of Jews for Jesus, Messianic Jews—also known as Hebrew Christians— and other missionaries at the Celebrate Israel Festival.


  • When the persecution comes from within our community

    May 26, 2015 | 11:39 am

    Jewish people are very familiar with the experience of persecution.  It’s a significant part of our history, and it’s part of what defines us as a people.  Prejudice, fear, and hatred proliferate when groups of people make assumptions and have false beliefs about “others” who are...

  • Moving and Shaking: Celebrate Israel Festival

    May 21, 2015 | 4:36 pm

    Finished projects in the festival’s arts and crafts area. Photo by Siara Groch

    Israeli Scouts parade with American and Israeli flags during the May 17 Celebrate Israel Festival, organized by the Israeli-American Council. Photo courtesy of IAC

    Miri Shepher, chair of the...

  • Arms open wide to embrace everything Israel

    May 21, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    The smell of schnitzel was in the air. The sounds of Israeli music and Hebrew were, too. But love … that remained firmly earthbound at the Celebrate Israel Festival, held May 17 at Rancho Park.

    That’s where a giant, 12-foot-tall replica of the Ahava (“love” in Hebrew) sculpture...

  • Missionaries invade 2015 Israel festival in Los Angeles

    May 20, 2015 | 11:06 am

    I have proudly attended Jewish/Israeli festivals in Los Angeles for almost 30 years.

    What I witnessed this year was unprecedented.

    Dozens of missionaries descended on —– or invaded — the Celebrate Israel Festival in ways that I never thought possible.

    Based on the number of...

  • Tough love for Israel: Outrage in Rehovot

    By David Suissa

    May 13, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    With the Celebrate Israel Festival coming up this Sunday at Rancho Park, I thought it’d be an ideal time to write a love letter expressing my unabashed and unconditional attachment to Israel. But as much as I’d still like to do that, that column will have to wait for another week,...

  • Flavors of Jewish homeland savored at Celebrate Israel Fest

    May 21, 2014 | 9:20 am

    Yehudit Feinstein, the New York regional director of the Israeli American Council (IAC), arrived at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center in Rancho Park May 18 ready to check out the Celebrate Israel festival honoring Israel’s 66th Independence Day, in hopes of creating a similar one...

  • Celebrate Israel Fest brings Jewish homeland to its people

    By Ryan Torok

    May 14, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Nachum Peterseil misses celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut in Israel, where he grew up and annually got caught up in the spirit of the country’s Independence Day. 

    The lead singer of the Los Angeles band Automatic Toys hopes to catch some of that excitement this weekend, when he and his...

  • Calendar May 17-23

    By Laura Donney

    May 14, 2014 | 9:51 am

    SAT/SUN | MAY 17/18


    Big Sunday Weekend continues with every possible volunteer opportunity, from hosting kids-in-need on a harbor ride to repainting and planting gardens at Bethune Middle School to making new friends at a Beverly Hills retirement home....

  • From CicLAvia to Cedars Sinai

    By Rob Eshman

    April 24, 2013 | 5:33 pm

    To the woman who confronted me last Sunday at the Celebrate Israel Festival, ranting that airplane vapor trails are actually toxic secret government gasses:  You complain that journalists don’t take you seriously. They might, if you didn’t walk around wearing large posters of...

  • What if they gave a festival and too few came?

    By LiAmi Lawrence

    April 24, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Israel's big 65th Birthday bash was this past Sunday and Israeli blue and white flags fluttered in the breeze on a beautiful day in Rancho Park. The park was  transformed into Israel as the smell of Israeli food wafted through the air as Israeli music blared and Hebrew was...

  • Israel Festival brings L.A. a taste of Tel Aviv

    April 23, 2013 | 3:56 pm

    Eden Bennun craved a taste of Israel. Growing up in Kfar Saba and Rishon LeZion as a child gave her a love of Israel’s smells, sounds and foods.

    That’s why she made her way to the Celebrate Israel Festival at Rancho Park along with about 10,000 other Angelenos (down from...

  • Celebrate Israel Festival’s top Jews of L.A.

    By JewishJournal

    April 22, 2013 | 2:28 pm

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  • Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival map

    By JewishJournal

    April 18, 2013 | 11:25 am


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    1. Main Stage — Performance by legendary Israeli rock band Mishina, The Spazmatics and the official Independence Day Ceremony. 

    2. SpaceIL — Photo opportunity with Israel's first space shuttle which will be sent to the moon.

    3. Cafe Tel Aviv —...

  • Stop Christian missionaries at Israel festivals

    May 2, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    On Sunday April 29, 2012 at the Israel Festival in Los Angeles, many people visited Jews for Judaism’s booth to acquire literature and show their support for our efforts to keep Jews Jewish.

    During the day we received numerous complaints about the presence of three different...

  • Guess who’s bringing the Israel Festival back?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 25, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    One adult ticket to this Sunday’s newly relaunched Celebrate Israel Festival in Rancho Park (purchased online in advance): $15.

    Transforming the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center for the Israel-themed blowout party, the biggest of its kind in the United States: $800,000 and...