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A Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) party at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, May 2017. (Photo/Peter Marcus)

1,700 attend Israeli Independence Day celebration in S.F.

San Francisco’s community Yom HaAtzmaut celebration drew 1,700 people to Congregation Emanu-El on May 1 to wish Israel well on her 69th birthday. Hosted by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish National Fund, along with Emanu-El, the evening included Israeli food, a performance by the Maccabeats, and a presentation of JNF’s work in Israel. An after-party for young adults was held at Neck of the Woods, with Israeli music by DJ Or Tregger.

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The S.F. Yom HaAtzmaut celebration filled the courtyard of Congregation Emanu-El (Peter Marcus)


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The celebration featured Israeli street food (Peter Marcus)


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A mom and young daughter mark the occasion with a selfie, while Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, looks on. (Peter Marcus)