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Independence Day

New York

Take a look at Israel through a whole new lens at the JCC in Manhattan’s third annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Film Marathon, Israel-in-Short. The event marks Israel Independence Day with a variety of short films created by up-and-coming Israeli filmmakers, offering portraits of contemporary life in Israel.

*JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. (at 76th St.); April 23, 7:30 p.m.; $10, $8 for members. (646-505-4444 or *

Washington State

Celebrate with music at Temple B’nai Torah’s Israel Independence Day concert. The event features a performance by the synagogue’s big band, directed by Rabbi Jim Mirel, and Cantor David Serkin-Poole is among the vocal soloists. The evening opens with a Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) memorial for fallen heroes. A dessert reception follows the music.

Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 N.E. 4th St., Bellevue; April 22, 7 p.m.; free. (425-603-9677 or


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