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Happy birthday, Israel!

by Shana Medel | Apr 29, 2020 |

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Hillel students celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, marking the 72nd anniversary of Israel’s independence. Below are snapshots from some of the virtual events they organized: 

Worldwide Israel Party

More than 2,500 viewers participated in a worldwide celebration of Israel, organized by the Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with Hillel International and other Jewish organizations. The nearly six-hour broadcast featured Jewish performers, including reggae singer Matisyahu and Broadway star Ben Platt.

Song of Hope

In preparation for a celebration over Zoom, five student leaders at Hillel Ontario sang a rendition of “One Day,” a song of hope and peace by Matisyahu. The party was attended by more than 40 students, many of whom dressed in blue and white.

Inhale, Exhale

Santa Barbara Hillel organized a weeklong celebration of Israel, including a mid-day yoga session taught by Leah Weissbuch, a certified yoga instructor and Hillel student leader. Students did yoga poses while listening to Israeli hits, such as “Mi’ma’amakim” by music icon Idan Raichel.

Canva - Woman Exercising on Yoga Mat


To celebrate Israel over Zoom, Hillel at Stanford University partnered with the Stanford Israel Association to create an Israel-themed bingo board. The bingo spaces, which included historic sites and traditional foods, helped students facilitate meaningful conversations about their relationship with Israel.


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