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  • Annual Israel festival at Woodley Park canceled

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 12, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    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,...

  • Mellow Israel Fest Draws 42,000

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it was the relatively cool weather on Sunday. Or maybe it was the stepped-up participation of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. But more people than ever attended this year's Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Organizers put the crowd...

  • Wandering Jew - Blue ‘Oranges’

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last year at the Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park, anti-disengagement activist Shifra Hastings of Los Angeles was clad all over in orange, the color of protest, right down to her painted fingernails. She tirelessly handed out free orange ribbons, bracelets and...

  • L.A.‘s ‘Big’ Sunday

    By David Finnigan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between 35,000 and 40,000 people spent Sunday, May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys for the annual Israel Independence Day festival.

    The festival's early afternoon main event featuring pro-Israel speeches and politicians lasted exactly one hour; on the last note of "The Star-Spangled...

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  • Israeli Fest Crowd Feels the Heat

    By David Finnigan

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Brutal heat was the dominant feature of the May 2 Israel Independence Day Festival in Van Nuys, as 99-degree temperatures kept thousands indoors and away from the sprawling Woodley Park celebration.

    "I think it was the heat," said festival organizer Jerome Goodman, who added that...

  • Sunday in the Park

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Security" and "unity." Those were the two buzzwords of this year's Israel Independence Day Festival. And both were in great supply in what turned out to be a festive and safe celebration of Israel and Jewish culture.

    About 30,000 people converged at Encino's Woodley Park for a day...

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