75 Years of Statehood

Happy birthday, Israel!

Make a Gift in Celebration

75 Years of Statehood

Happy birthday, Israel!

Make a Gift in Celebration

Israel at 75

As we prepare to celebrate the 75th Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, let’s take a moment
to reflect on Israel’s remarkable history over the past seven and a half decades. Still a relatively young country,
Israel is now known as the startup nation, due to the innovation and contributions Israel has given to the world.

Here, you can explore what makes Israel so special – whether you want to dive into our history,
try some new Israeli recipes, take a trip overseas or learn how you can connect to Israel right here in Baltimore. And, be sure
to view some of the incredible achievements and fun facts about the Jewish state in this interactive timeline.


Major immigration waves to Israel begin starting with Operation Magic Carpet where 47,000 Yemenite Jews were airlifted to the new state of Israel. View more milestones here.

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On December 1, 2003, Palestinian and Israeli politicians release a symbolic peace agreement known as the Geneva Accords. The Accord is not a legally binding document, but a model for what one may look like in the future between the State of Israel and the State of Palestine to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Accord was negotiated in secret for over two years before the official 50-page document was released on December 1, 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. View more milestones here.

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On December 14, 1973, Israel Emergency Fund launches campaign to raise needed money after the Yom Kippur War took a heavy toll on the people of Israel. View more milestones here.

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The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership was established. Since the partnership began, more than 1,000 Baltimoreans have visited this seaside town each year. View more milestones here.
PHOTO from meeting in Ashkelon in 2004

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Israel invents the drip irrigation system, creating a revolutionary new way to sustain crops and save water. View more milestones here.

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On October 18, 2017, The Associated hosts A Lion of Judah Signature Event. The trunk show in Baltimore featured Maskit’s iconic pieces with Sharon Tal, head designer from Maskit, Israel’s premier fashion house. View more milestones here.

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“During my tenure as co-chair of the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, I traveled to Israel many times with the goal of connecting our two cities and developing long-lasting and meaningful relationships with members of the community. My involvement was transformative, inspiring and educational. I benefitted from this experience by becoming more knowledgeable about Israel and sensitive to how she is treated in the news media. I came away with life-long friends and a deeper love of the land of our people.”

Susan Flax Posner

Traveling to Israel is a transformative experience

Through travel, you can discover Israel’s innovation, deep history and rich culture. No matter what you’re doing – strolling Ben Yehuda Street, hiking Masada, dancing at one of Tel Aviv’s hippest night clubs or enjoying a magnificent sunset – you’ll come home with an experience you’ll never forget.

Browse The Associated sponsored programs below for your next Israel experience.


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“As founding co-chair of The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership in 2003, I fell in love with the people and city of Ashkelon. For each of our three children’s B’nai Mitzvahs, we took a family visit to Israel, and each had a ceremony or second Bar/Bat Mitzvah in our homeland.

By our third child’s Bar Mitzvah in 2006, we knew we wanted this momentous occasion to take place in Ashkelon. I still recall the message the Rabbi shared with Andrew – ‘By sharing this simcha with our congregation after just ending the Lebanon War and allowing all of us to share in this happy occasion, you truly have added joy and done something for Israel. May you continue to be there for Israel as you grow to be a proud Jewish man.’”

Linda Hurwitz

Global Partnerships

Together with our global partners, we ensure that every Jew in Israel and in over 70 countries worldwide, receives the assistance they need.

Israel's flag flying over Jerusalem
People making aliyah and supporters waving Israeli falgs
Female student attending university class

The leading Jewish humanitarian organization that rescues Jews in danger, provides aid to vulnerable Jews, leads the Jewish community’s response to crises and more.

Works to build a better society in Israel – and beyond – by energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to play a critical role in our ongoing Jewish story.

A global education network driven that infuses high-level science and technology education with Jewish values for students around the world.

How We’re Celebrating

Check out these great events, programs and celebrations happening across our community between now and June to celebrate Israel’s 75th! There’s something for everyone. Events can be submitted here.

Explore Israel’s rich culture and vibrant art world through a contemporary artistic experience. Prominent Israeli artists, historians and influencers will discuss Israel’s history through painting, photography, sculpture, cuisine and more.

Learn more.

In partnership with Charm City Run and Friends of IDF (Israel Defense Forces) Baltimore, the JCC is hosting a 5k run in memory of fallen soldiers and victims of terror just before Israel’s Memorial Day. 

Learn more and register.

Join us for a moving ceremony to honor the memory and legacy of the many Israelis who have fallen in combat or in acts of terror. 

Learn more and register.

The opening evening of the 35th Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival features a special screening and concert event in celebration of Israel’s special birthday. View the docu-narrative film Exodus 91 followed by a short performance and remarks from celebrated Ethiopian-Israeli singer-songwriter, AvevA.

Learn more.

Bring your Israeli flags, be ready to dance the afternoon away, win prizes and join our Hummus making contest.

Register and learn more.

An expanded version of the tech showcase that MIDC has put on previously. Speakers will include a discussion of how the Maryland/Israel relationship has created jobs/economic activity here and there.

Learn more and register.

The Pearlstone Food and Craft Authentic Shuk will celebrate Israel’s 75th anniversary by creating a festive historic atmosphere reminiscent of the outdoor shuks in ancient and modern Israel, and bringing together quality food, hands-on crafts, and learning opportunities.

Registration coming soon.

Featuring HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir (chapters from Baltimore, DC, South Jersey and Philadelphia), Kol Rinah, B’Harmonia from Krieger Schechter Middle School, HaZaPrep Baltimore.

Registration coming soon.

Studio Mela is bringing Israel to the United States through this multi-sensory mobile art experience for all ages. From Haifa to Eilat, participants will investigate the tastes, sounds, and smells of the land of Israel

Registration coming soon.

“I visited Ashkelon for the first time in May 2019.  Ashkelon, for several days prior to our visit, had sustained a barrage of rockets from the Gaza region.  With a cease-fire in place, we toured the town and met residents. While the destruction of the rockets was bone-chilling and disheartening; the spirit and resilience of Ashkelon were undeniable.  It was at that moment I knew my heart and energy would be focused on supporting Ashkelon.”

Josh Frederick


If you are unable to travel to Israel but are craving an authentic and tasty Israeli meal, try your hand at these recipes from our Baltimore and Israeli community members. This (mostly) Israeli cuisine is sure to delight you and your family!

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