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Israel’s 70th Birthday Celebration

  • Schechter Westchester 555 West Hartsdale Avenue Hartsdale, NY, 10530 United States (map)

The Westchester Jewish Council invites you to take part in our county-wide celebration to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary. Westchester Celebrates Israel@70 will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Schechter Westchester in Hartsdale from 12:00-5:00pm.

The event will be a community effort – we are welcoming participation by our 160 schools, synagogues, and member organizations that represent the 150,000 Jewish residents of our county.

The celebration is expected to be the biggest Jewish event in Westchester in recent years, with attendance in the thousands. Not only will we be celebrating Israel’s milestone birthday, but we will be paying tribute to great achievements of our young Jewish homeland. The festival will take place rain or shine and will have activities for all ages. There will be a variety of exhibits, speakers, interactive workshops, performances, children’s activities, and, of course, good food. This is a perfect opportunity for all of us to rejoice and show pride in the Jewish state.

We will ensure rich, fun, and entertaining programming for all ages in a secure environment. The festival is co-sponsored by a number of Westchester Jewish Council member organizations with lead sponsorship by the UJA-Federation of NY.

At the festival, the rate will be $20 per person payable by credit card or cash.  Please try to bring exact change if paying with cash. 

Admission price includes all activities. Food will be available for purchase. Click here for list of  food vendors.

$5 of the proceeds of each adult ticket will be used to support Holocaust survivors in Israel through UJA-Federation of New York. 

Kosher food will be available for purchase. Click here for list of  food vendors. The Westchester Jewish Council does not provide kosher supervision for any vendors or food served at this event.  Vendors have been asked to have a copy of their kosher certification available on site for review.

he festival will take place rain or shine.  All activities (except inflatables and gaga) will be held inside.   (In the event of rain, the inflatables and gaga will not be held.)

There will be a designated area inside the school building, to park strollers. There will also be a break room especially for parents with children 2 years and younger. 


Vehicles will not be able to enter the Schechter Westchester parking lot except for those vehicles with VIPs or appropriate handicapped  parking designation. Ample parking will be available at the Maria Regina school across the street as well as at the Woodlands High School up the road on West Hartsdale Avenue. Shuttle buses , provided by Red Oak Transportation, will be running from Woodlands High School  to the festival throughout the day.

The shuttle bus will drop attendees at the  entry to the festival.  Everyone entering the Festival is subject to a security check before entering.  Please avoid bringing oversized bags.  Please allow time for shuttle busing, registration and security clearance when planning your day. To save time and money, preregistering on the website is highly recommended. Click here to register. 

Click here for more info.

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