Israel Independence Day celebrates the State of Israel's establishment on May 14, 1948. Jewish communities around the world celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with festivals of food, music, and dancing. Hillels around the country often have Israel festivals and raise awareness about Israel’s innovation in science, technology, medicine, fashion and more.
Celebrating Israel on Campus
Hillel at Binghamton’s Yom Ha’atzmaut program was named Outstanding Program of the Year by Binghamton University. Each year, Hillel at Binghamton turns the holiday into an entertaining, educational, and celebratory event for the entire university community. More than 1,000 people participate in hands-on craft projects, entertainment, food, cultural experiences, and tangible social action projects beneficial to both the local community and to poverty-stricken areas in Israel.
In the food tent, students sample traditional Israeli foods, learned to make pita bread, and drank Bedouin tea. More than150 student volunteers work on the event, from making food to designing a children’s activity center for local kids, selling t-shirts in advance, organizing entertainment, and much more.
This signature event offers students a positive interaction with Israel, and presents Israel in a way most students never encounter. At an awards ceremony, Binghamton Dean of Students April Thompson noted, "Yom Ha’atzmaut was a celebratory event for the entire Binghamton community."