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Israel Solidarity Service

Sinai Temple –
Friday April 20th, 7:30pm

Please join us to show our support for a solidarity with Israel.  We will have the Israel Jewish Agency Shaliach (representative) to Urbana-Champaign’s Hillel speaking: Erez Cohen.  Students from the Sinai Temple Religious School will also be performing some songs.

Israel On The Quad

Israel On The Quad
April 23rd @ 10am-4pm

Come celebrate Israel’s culture on the Quad with a wide range of student organizations who will be tabling for Israel offering Israeli food, music and fun.

Yom Hazikaron Memorial

Yom Hazikaron Memorial 
April 24th @ Hillel 7pm

Come join Hillel and the Champaign-Urbana community in commemorating Israel's Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron. The ceremony will include poems, speeches, songs, and prayers read by students, community members, and campus leaders. We would love to see you there!

Yom Hazikaron Dine and Discuss

An Israeli soldier adjusts a flag before the eve of the country's Memorial Day to commemorate Israeli soldiers killed in wars since 1948, on the Mount of Olives military cemetery in Jerusalem, May 10, 2005. (Photo: Brian Hendler/JTA)

Yom Hazikaron Dine and Discuss
April 25 @ Hillel 12pm

Marci Fiedler from the World Zionist Organization will be leading a discussion about Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. Join us for a great discussion and a delicious free lunch.

Israel Week In C-U
April 20th to April 27th, 2012

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Celebration

Wednesday, April 25, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign

Come celebrate Israel's Independence Day with all your friends in the CU community!

The festivities will begin promptly at 5:30 with a catered, Kosher buffet of all your Israeli favorites: falafel, hummus, Israeli salad, and more...

After dinner, enjoy a talk by special guest Marci Fiedler, Engagement Associate in the Israel Initiatives department of JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.  Marci was part of a research project called Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security (CLICO), which examines the eastern Mediterranean and Northern Sahel region with respect to ties between water resources and conflict.  Her work focused on Israel's efforts to deal with a tight water budget in a geo-politically challenged region.

Read more about CLICO.

And finally, we'll round out the evening with dancing, singing, flag-waving, and maybe even an Israeli ROCK BAND!!!  This event is truly not to be missed!

Sponsored by Sinai Temple, Hillel Foundation at UIUC, & CUJF

    Rick Recht Rocks CU!

    On Saturday, January 19th, world-renowned Jewish Rockstar Rick Recht rocked the Cohen Center! Over 80 members of the CU and Bloomington-Nornal Jewish communities came out for the show. Thank you to all who came!

    Yom Ha'Atzmaut Photo Gallery

    Hundreds of people of all ages turned out for the Sinai Temple Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration. There was food, music and contests. Visit the Yom Ha'Atzmaut photo gallery.

    Sahar Azimi Dance Show

    April 26th @ Krannert 8pm

    Illinois Dance and Illini Hillel present a special dance performance for Israel's Independence Day. This dance will be performed by students, choreographed by  world renowned Israeli choreographer Sahar Azimi. The piece will last approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with Sahar. More info at Dance At Illinois

    This event and Sahar Azimi’s Residency is sponsored by Dance at Illinois, Illini Hillel, Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation, The Dr. Samuel & Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts & Culture of the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Endowment Foundation, The Program in Jewish Culture and Society, The Gordon Brookstone Cultural Arts Fund, The Israel Education Center, The Jewish Agency for Israel, and The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

    Get ready to sing the Israeli National Anthem

    Learn the words to HaTikva for the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Watch the video for the English translation and Hebrew transliteration.

    Jewish Heart For Africa

    Yom Ha'Atzmaut Party
    April 25th @ Fire Station 9pm-2am

    The pro-Israel students at the university of Illinois are joining hands to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day  at the Jewish Jewish Heart for Africa (JHA) Fundraiser! Entrance fee is $5 and all the proceeds go directly to JHA that brings Israeli technologies to build medical clinics, schools, and supply energy for irrigation systems in Africa. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to help those in need! Questions? Contact Tahli Hanuka at

    Israel BBQ

    Israel BBQ –
    4/26 @ Hillel 5:30-7:30pm

    Hillel is hosting its annual Israel Week BBQ on the deck of the Cohen Center. Come, grab a burger and enjoy some schmoozing.

    Israeli Shabbat

    Israeli Shabbat
    April 27th @ Hillel

    Join us for Shabbat Dinner with an Israeli Theme in the Cohen Center. We will have Israeli Food and an after dinner oneg with Jason Horowitz from the David Project who will talk about Israel Advocacy and Israel Education on campuses

     Shabbaton at Chabbad

    With special guests in residence:
    Shalom Menorah, President of Menorah Financial
    Full schedule of events for April 27th and 28th

    Yom HaAtzmaut activities for kids

    For young kids. Crafts, coloring pages, history and activities to participate in in honor of Israels birthday.