The following events are some of the ways Jewish Atlanta is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel’s birth. Look for more events at the Atlanta Jewish Connector (, and send items for inclusion to


Scholars in residence. Rabbi Hershel Schachter spends Shabbat at Congregation Beth Jacob, 1855 LaVista Road, Toco Hills, as part of the Seventy for 70 series organized by the Religious Zionists of America and World Mizrachi, while the same series sends Rabbi Jeffrey Saks to Young Israel of Toco Hills, 2056 LaVista Road. Free; or 404-633-0551 for Beth Jacob details and for Young Israel info.


Choral concert. Zimria Festivale Atlanta and friends perform in commemoration of Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron and in celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut at 7:30 p.m. at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Buckhead. Tickets are $10; or 913-403-9223.


Hebrew talk. University of Georgia linguistics professor Jared Klein speaks about the history and distinguishing features of the Hebrew language at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside. Free;


Frankly Speaking. Sherry Frank leads NCJW Atlanta’s monthly discussion of current events at noon at 6303 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Free (bring your own lunch); RSVP to by April 18.

Picnic. Young Israel of Toco Hills holds its annual Yom HaAtzmaut picnic at 5 p.m. at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur. Free; or 404-315-1417.

JNF jubilee. Comedian Sarge entertains at Jewish National Fund’s gala celebration for Israel at the Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Buckhead, with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., a champagne celebration at 6:45, the main program at 7:45 and a JNFuture after-party at 9. Tickets are $118, $180 for patrons or $36 for JNFuture members; or 404-236-8990, ext. 851.

Stories and music. Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs, celebrates Israel’s birthday with funny stories and musical acts with its Beit Café at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18; RSVP by April 15 at


Infant party. PJ Baby and the Alefbet Preschool at Congregation Beth Shalom, 5303 Winters Chapel Road, Dunwoody, invite babies up to 1 year old and their caregivers to a celebration of Israel’s birthday at 10:30 a.m. Free; RSVP at or to


Family celebration. PJ Library and Israel Bonds hold an Independence Day celebration with food, music and crafts from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ocee Park pavilion, 10900 Buice Road, Johns Creek. Free (RSVP by April 19); or 404-857-1066.


Women at the Wall. Israel Religious Action Center Director Anat Hoffman speaks about the struggles for religious rights for women at the Western Wall at 7 p.m. at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Midtown. Free; or 404-873-1731.


Food trucks. Celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut with the Marcus JCC, including kosher food, Israeli dancing, live music, performances by day school students, games and crafts, at Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission;


Israel@70 Atlanta. Jewish Atlanta holds a community celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games, exhibits, activities, food, and music from performers including the Billy Jonas Band, Joanie Leeds and Taking the Time at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, 500 10th St., Midtown. Admission is $10 per or $18 per family in advance, $18 or $25 at the door;

BeltLine bar crawl. Birthright Israel alumni have brunch at 11:30 a.m. at Mariposa Lofts, 100 Montag Circle, Inman Park, and stop at a few bars on the way to the community celebration at Park Tavern. Tickets are $36, including brunch, four drinks and Israel@70 Atlanta admission; or 678-222-3746.


Scholar in residence. Avraham Infeld, who spoke to Federation’s leadership mission in Israel this winter, spends Shabbat at Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside. Details to come at


FIDF gala. Friends of the IDF honors the men and women who have defended Israel for 70 years with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner program at 7 featuring Rep. Brian Mast at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Road. Admission is $250 ($118 for ages 35 and under); fidfse.wixsite­.com/atl70/event-details.


Perspectives on Israel. Journalist Alon Ben David speaks about Israel at 70 in an Israel Bonds-sponsored appearance at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs. Free;