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yom haatzmaut |  From Justin Herman Plaza to Jerusalem

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For the celebration in San Francisco, Kehillah High School in Palo Alto sent a contingent of 168,  including these revelers.  photo/cathleen maclearie
For the celebration in San Francisco, Kehillah High School in Palo Alto sent a contingent of 168, including these revelers. photo/cathleen maclearie
Celebrations for Yom HaAtzmaut, or Israel Independence Day, took place all over the world on May 6.

In San Francisco, a noontime gathering in Justin Herman Plaza drew 750 people, according to organizers at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. Attendees listened to music from two bands, ate more than 300 falafel sandwiches from three food trucks and posed for selfies that made them appear as if they were at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

At the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, children enrolled in the Beged Kefet Hebrew School sing  a song.
At the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, children enrolled in the Beged Kefet Hebrew School sing a song.
Meanwhile, in Palo Alto, more than 2,500 people attended the Oshman Family JCC’s Yom HaAtzmaut celebration, according to OFJCC officials. The event, which was subtitled “Made in Israel,” highlighted the contributions Israel has made to the world, such as food, technology, products and innovation.

Waving the blue and white in  San Francisco.  photo/cathleen maclearie
Waving the blue and white in San Francisco. photo/cathleen maclearie


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