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  • Attacking the messenger and not the message


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

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  • Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival map

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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


    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


    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...