Thousands Expected for Israel Independence Day Festival Sunday, April 25th in Woodley Park, Van Nuys

Saturday, April 24, 2010 General News J E 4
-- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Receive Friend of Israeli Community Award --


The Israel Independence Day Festival, a communitywide celebration for Israel's 62nd Independence Day, the largest celebration of Israel's independence outside of Israel.  Event will feature local elected officials and other dignitaries, including LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; LA County Sheriff's Department Golden Stars Skydiving Team; live entertainment; rides; petting zoo, marketplace; children's area; ethnic food; and giant dance party.

The Festival will also feature an exhibit to celebrate Theodore Herzl's (father of modern Zionism) 150th birthday and a children's stage with live performances, including a PJ Library Pajama-Jam with musician Rick Recht.

The Jewish Federation, one of the major sponsors of the event, will be conducting testing for potential bone marrow donors in its booth with City of Hope.


Organizers: The Israel Independence Day Festival Committee (a non-profit public benefit corporation). Yoram Gutman, executive director.

Participating dignitaries: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Sheriff Lee Baca; Assembly speaker John Perez; Assembly members Bob Blumenfield, Chuck DeVore, Mike Feuer and Jeff Miller; L.A. County City Controller Wendy Greuel; Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; State Senators Carol Liu, Alex Padilla and Fran Pavely; City Councilmembers Jose Huizar, Paul Koretz, Tom LaBonge, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine; West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land; Commander James Cansler of the LAPD and Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Jacob Dayan.

Entertainment:  Local singers and DJs including Pini Cohen, Zioni, Nemar and Jimmy Gamliel. The festival will include five hours of Israeli folk dancing.


Sunday, April 25th (10 AM – 7 PM)

Official ceremonies (skydivers, elected officials) at 1:30 PM, Main Stage


Woodley Park, Van Nuys (Woodley Ave. between Victory and Burbank Blvds.)


Yoram Gutman, Executive Director, Israel Independence Day Festival

818/ 757-0123 or cell (530) 400-7725 or

Visit for more information.



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