The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday through the universal languages of music, dance, and art at a free communitywide event on Sunday, June 3 in Tysons, Virginia. The event will be held at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center, an open-air space that hosts concerts and other cultural events throughout the year.
There will be live performances from multiple Israeli musical acts as well as food, carnival-style games, exciting giveaways, face painting and henna tattoos, and a unique community art project in which the whole family can get involved.
Headliner Nadav Guedj won season two of the Israeli singing competition HaKokhav Haba (The Next Star) and was Israel’s Eurovision contestant in 2015 with his hit song “Golden Boy.” The Federation’s webpage for the event recommends hitting YouTube to get your dance moves flash mob-ready.
Additional musical performances will include 30 to 45 minute sets from Tzofim Israel Scouts, Rami Feinstein, and Kippalive, Israel’s leading acapella group. There will also be Israeli dancing led by Markid Mike, who teaches a weekly class at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
As part of the PJ Library family programming area, participants will have the opportunity to contribute to a community mosaic by decorating a small square for the large mural. The final design is still in the works, but it will be based on an illustration by Catalina Echeverri from the PJ Library® book, “Shmulik Paints the Town” with permission from Kar-Ben Publishing. The final product will be displayed at Federation’s Annual Meeting on June 7 and shared across the organization’s social media accounts.
The event is free, but registration is requested. To register or for more information, visit https://www.celebrateisraelat70.com/june3/.