On May 6, the Jewish Federation of Howard County hosted a community-wide celebration for the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding. More than 300 people attended the event.

The Israel at 70 Festival, held at Temple Isaiah in Fulton, featured live music, Israeli food and drinks, and performances by synagogue troupes and choirs. Among those in attendance was Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman.

Performing at the festival was the Israeli band The Highlights. In addition, Howard County congregations Beth Shalom Congregation, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Oseh Shalom, and Temple Isaiah participated in live performances.

The festival also featured an Israeli dancing session, an Israeli beer and wine tasting, and a Western Wall simulation station. For kids, there was an army obstacle course, carnival games and a face painting booth.

“For our Howard County community, this festival is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our connection with our brothers and sisters in Israel,” Gary Perolman, chair of the federation’s Israel committee, said in a statement. “Together with the global Jewish community, we commemorate the joyous moment 70 years ago when the Jewish homeland was re-established after thousands of years.

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