An estimated 3,000 people will gather May 4 when the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation hosts Kibbutz Cohn, a festival honoring the 66th anniversary of the state of Israel being declared independent of Palestine.
The annual Israel Independence Day celebration will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Maureen and Douglas Cohn Jewish Community Campus, 13009 Community Campus Drive.
For one afternoon, the campus will be transformed into a replica kibbutz, the name used for Israel's agricultural communities where much of the country's farming is done. The event will include a petting zoo and cow milking station. Guests also will enjoy live music, Israeli foods, games, children's activities and shopping.
"It is important to celebrate Israel not only on a global scale but within our own individual communities," said Brandy Gold, arts and cultural director for the Tampa Jewish Community Center.
The community is invited to the celebration, which will include a visit from Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham at 4:30 p.m. to present a proclamation honoring the Israeli holiday. Admission is free. Food and some activities will be available for purchase. An all-inclusive wristband is available for $18.
For more information, visit jewishtampa.com.
Also in honor of Israel Independence Day, the Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation will present "Israel's Vision of Continuity: A Rabbi's Journey, a Soldier's Story," featuring speaker Rabbi Shalom Hammer of the Educational and Cultural division of the Chief Rabbinate of the Israeli Defense Forces, at 7 p.m. May 7 at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W Swann Ave., Tampa. The public is invited to this free event, which will include a wine and cheese reception. For more information, visit jewishtampa.com.
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