The Israeli American Council was founded in 2007 for the approximately 500,000 Israelis who live in the United States. It has programs and events for Israeli-Americans in Los Angeles, Boston, southern Florida, Las Vegas, New York City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. The local communities can attend cultural and educational programs and events for preschool children, elementary school children, teens, young adults, college students, young professionals, families and older adults.
The council’s local websites show how comprehensive the local programs are. The Boston program website, for example, shows there are programs that strengthen the connection between the Israeli-American and American Jewish communities, strengthen children’s Israeli and Jewish identities via Hebrew lessons, and help Israeli-Americans learn more about Israeli film, food, literature, music, and more.
The council’s most popular programs and events celebrate Israel’s independence. Israel was born on May 14, 1948. The Los Angeles and Las Vegas celebrations will be on Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Florida celebration will be on Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The dates for the Boston, New York City, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. events haven’t been set yet.
In the past, each these Independence Day celebration festivals have attracted as many as 15,000 people and have strengthened the bond between Israel’s Jews and America’s Jews. There are about 6.2 million of the former and about 7 million of the latter. The celebrations have included opportunities to visit replicas of Israel’s historic and religious sites such as the Western Wall, entertainment by well-known Israeli performers, exhibits by Israeli artists, parades, children’s activities, and kosher food.
Purplepass has been providing tickets for the Independence Day celebrations festivals as well as other smaller IAC events since 2015.