Yom Ha’atzmaut, known as Israel Independence Day was celebrated here in the desert on Sunday.
Many local families turned out to Temple Sinai in Palm Desert to mark Israel’s 64 years as a modern state.
“It’s exciting for us to celebrate with our families so they understand the importance of israel in our lives,” said Diane Novack.
The independence day precedes Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism including the Holocaust. Bruce Landgarten, the CEO of the Jewish Federation of the Desert, said Yom Ha’atzmaut is rather a party of hope.
“The jews have had a historical review of suffering and we’re just all about celebrating the good times,” said Landgarten.
The event featured a kosher barbeque, music, arts and crafts and face painting.
It’s one event that jewish organizations of different ideologies and denominations join for a common celebration.
“We all come together as a community and celebrate and that’s very special,” said Novack.
Organizers hope the celebration will bring awareness and help send a message to future generations.
“Talks about tolerance and respect for one another. It’s really important to teach our young people how to grow up to be good adults,” said Sandy
Durham, a spokesperson with the Jewish Federation of the Desert.