Celebrating with the State of Israel On its 70th Birthday
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Scranton JCC presented a magnificent pre-Yom HaAtzmaut event in the Koppelman Auditorium of the JCC.
Dan Cardonick, JCC executive director, Leah Laury and Rika Schaffer created a beautiful array of children’s games and activities that were both educational and fun. Children visited cities of Israel with their “passports” and won prizes and an appreciation for the Jewish State.
Meanwhile, the delicious smells of bar-b-que wafted throughout the room courtesy of Jake’s Kosher Smokehouse of NYC. Jake and wife, Jennifer, brought a delectable selection of ribs, smoked brisket, and chicken as well as high-end lamb and pepperoni beef sausage with various toppings. Jake thanks our own Jeff Ganz, Sue Severe, Jay Weiss and Shanie Davidson-Dunn for their help in bringing this new addition to our program. The sandwiches were delicious and piled high and everyone enjoyed.
Our festival was capped by a concert by Israeli singer Yoel Sharabi. His joyous and varied song selection kept everyone tapping their toes and clapping their hands along with him. It was no surprise that he was given a standing ovation at the conclusion of his show. Thanks go to the Jewish Federation and Mark Silverberg, executive director, for sponsoring this truly Israeli musical event.