Yom HaAtzmaut was celebrated in festive style at YIJE. In true Israeli form, there was a barbecue and plenty of music and fun for adults and kids. Youth Director Jacob Herskowitz kept the children laughing and dancing with crafts, music, and games, plus the surprise breakout of YIJE’s 35th annual Color War games. Parents and grandparents were also on hand to socialize and join the fun.

Support of Medinat Yisrael continued Sunday when YIJE families came together for another successful Family Mitzvah Morning! Children and parents decorated bags and filled them with healthful snacks for the soldiers in the IDF Golani unit, protecting and ensuring the safety of the people and holy sites in Hebron. These bags will be delivered to YIJE member Aytan Waxman and his fellow soldiers through the Hebron Fund. The entire year of Mitzvah Mornings was coordinated by Yael Schreiber, and this week’s Hebron Fund program was sponsored by Olivia and Uri Rozic in honor of son Daniel’s bar mitzvah!

Support for the State of Israel and its defense continues on Sunday, May 29, with the annual YIJE L’Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel. To sign up or sponsor the run and for more information about programs and upcoming events at YI Jamaica Estates, go to www.YIJE.org.