On Thursday April 23, 2015 the State of Israel celebrated its 67th birthday and the Jewish Federation helped to bring the celebration to Elan Gardens, JCC senior adult club, the Jewish Resource Center of the Poconos and Webster Towers. Each of these locations had scheduled senior lunches for that day and the Federation highlighted Israel’s Independence Day with a gift of blue and white cookies for the participants to enjoy. The Federation donated blue and white cookies to Temple Israel of Scranton which hosted a post-Yom Haatzmaut evening on Sunday April 26.
On Thursday evening the Federation hosted the newly released film “Beneath the Helmet” a coming of age story of Israeli high school graduates entering the Israeli Defense Force. Audience members called it “a serious and moving look into an integral part of growing up in Israel- defending our homeland and its citizens”. Dassy Ganz informed the group of a number of our own Federation family who have served and are currently serving in the IDF. The evening closed with Cantor Aronzon of Temple Israel Scranton leading the audience in the singing of Hatikva and then all enjoyed a “blue and white reception”.