Jewish Community Celebration-Israel in the Gardens
A day-long free event which includes JCF's Annual Meeting & Israel in the Gardens, the largest Israel celebration in Northern California.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - All Day
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco • 750 Howard Street (enter from Mission, between 3rd and 4th), San Francisco (Map)
open to all


Join thousands of people in celebrating Israel's 64th birthday!
RSVP on the Facebook Event and see which of your friends will be there.


Mainstage Kids and Family
Theatre & Film Teens
Roundtables After Party
Vacation Drawing



Featured Performances

Balkan Beat BoxThe Balkan Beat Box

Israel in the Gardens is proud to announce The Balkan Beat Box as headliners for 2012! For the uninitiated, Balkan Beat Box first burst out of New York City’s underground music scene in 2005, with a self-titled debut that introduced the world to their Mediterranean-inflected, globalized electronica sound. Founded by Israeli-born ex-pats Ori Kaplan, Tamir Muskat, the band built their reputation on explosive live shows. BBB soon added frequent collaborator Tomer Yosef as frontman – his wild onstage energy galvanizing live audiences ever since. Watch the music video for their song, "Part of the Glory".

Efrat GoshEfrat Gosh and the Peatot

Leading singer/songwriter with vocal influences from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf from Herzliya joins Israel in th Gardens with The Peatot based here in the Bay Area. The Peatot pays tribute to Israeli music from the past four decades. Delivering a unique, exciting, and uplifting celebration of music that we all know and love. Watch the music video for her song "Ah Ah Ah".

Voca PeopleThe Voca People

And Israeli phenomena that landed over 10 million views on YouTube, now on their international tour, following a successful run Off-Broadway. The  Voca People are a group of "aliens" who match a cappella singing with the art of beat box creating a near unbelievable range of sounds and instruments. See the video that made them famous! They will perform at Marines Memorial Theatre in SF 6/5-6/17.

Cal Marching BandSpecial Guest: UC Berkeley Marching Band

One of the oldest college marching bands on the West Coast with over 100 years of tradition. The current Cal Band, under the baton of Robert Calonico boasts a membership of over 200 students, and is one of the few bands in the nation and in the Pac-10 Conference that still marches the traditional and demanding high-step form.

Full Schedule 

11:00 am Young Bay Area Talent - Brandeis SF and Marin bands, JCHS' Jew Man Group, CCJD's 99 Llamas & rock band.
12:15 pm Tzofim Friendship Caravan - Energetic Israeli Musical entertainment with the Israeli Scouts
1:00 pm Walk honoring Hadassah's Centennial - Bay Area Hassadah, the Women's Organization of America, & Cal Marching Band
  Main Ceremony - JCF and Israel Consulate leaders, new olim, and Cantor Sharon Bernstein.
1:45 pm Voca People - Israeli-initiated sensational ensemble of snow-white aliens with perfect harmony.
Courtesy of Marines' Memorial Theatre
2:00 pm Efrat Gosh and the Peatot - Israel's hot female vocalist with popular Bay Area based band.
2:45 pm Cal Marching Band - UC Berkeley's 100 year old band rocks the gardens.
3:00 pm Balkan Beat Box - Internationally acclaimed Israeli band, fusing rock, Mediterranean, and world music.


Roundtable Community Conversations

12:30 - 1:15
2:00 - 2:45
3:30 - 4:15
Open outdoor Community Roundtable Conversations lead by Hub Tel Aviv co-founder and social activist Danny Gal. Join fellow community members to talk, listen, and learn as we discuss the specifics of what being part of the Bay Area Jewish community means to you. No special knowledge required; all opinions are respected, welcome, and wanted.

Theater and Film

Short Films at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Short films from Tel Aviv University Film School, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Including stories about childhood, Russian immigrants, Israeli Arabs, soldiers, and love.
Co-presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Theater Zone

11:30 am Yoga with Kellyn Foxman Jumpstart your day and experience the powerful abilities of yoga.
12:00 pm Tikvah Dancers Folk, Russian, and contemporary dance from JCCSF's Tikvah School
12:30 pm The Improv Artists Interactive sessions of a new type of musical and comedic storytelling.
1:50 pm Dancers: Troy Macklin & Cat Kamrath Juilliard alumnus Macklin and partner perform a short, contemporary piece.



12:15 pm DJ Aaron David Fun activities and dancing with entertainer, singer, DJ and emcee
12:45 pm Israeli Folk Dancing with Cafe Shalom Way beyond the Hora! All levels are welome.
1:15 pm DJ Aaron David  
2:00 pm African Drum Circle with Rhythm Village Drum circles and dance workshops. Everyone can participate!
Sponsored by Be’chol Lashon
2:30 pm DJ Aaron David  
3:30 pm Israeli Folk Dancing  

Diller Teen

The popular scavenger hunt is back, as well as new exciting games. Play to win prizes! Featuring an ongoing reflection program for people of all ages: Create a drawing that reflects your own values.

Kids and Family

Be'chol Lashon's Kids & Family Zone: Performances

1:15 pm
2:45 pm
4:15 pm
African Drum Circle with Rhythm Village Drum circles and dance workshops. Everyone can participate!

Be'chol Lashon's Kids and Family Zone: Arts & Crafts

Havdalah Besamin Create potpourri sachets with exotic spices
First Fruit Block Prints Craft block prints of bikurim (spring harvest) from Israel and China
Portrait Magnets Make a magnet with your photo and words in Hebrew, Spanish & Ugandan
Mexican Folk Art Create bright paper flowers from papel de China and papel picado
Make Your Hair Bloom Make flowers from pipe cleaners, ribbon and beads
Make your Tzedakah Box Peace services in the Jewish tradition of giving with the Jews of Uganda to their Christian & Muslim neighbors


After Party

5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Cellar, 685 Sutter Street (21+)

Be pumped for the After Party on June 10, 2012 after Israel in the Gardens! We bring you 2 exciting DJ's under one roof at The Cellar. Highly acclaimed DJ Eli Karpel from TLV Nights brings the Tel Aviv nightclub experience with a fusion of popular Israeli music with DJ Josh Abrams rocking the house with his eclectic pop fusion. 500 people,  2 DJ's, 1 amazing night.

Get a Free 1st Drink @ the Fed Café, Israel in the Gardens!
Check out who's going, RSVP on Facebook.
Presented by Tzavta, the Israel Center’s Young Adult Division (supported by Helen Diller Family Foundation). Co-sponsors: JCF’s YAD, Birthright Next  & the Cellar



AIPAC Bechollashon
Consulate Jim Joseph Foundation
Yerba Buena    
media sponsor
  The J Weekly  
Event Sponsors
AJC Camp Tawonga Citi
Contemporary Jewish Museum Diller ElAl
Nefesh B'Nefesh Seligman Stand With us
Sterling The Cellar Tzavta
Camp Newman Yelp PJ Library
American Friends of Rambam Bay Area JCCs Hassadah
Hillels HUB Tel Aviv Israel Vacation Homes
J-Street Jewish Community High School Jewish Federations
Jewish Home Sinai Memorial Chapel Tel Aviv U
Upstart Leumi Bank  
Michal Kohane

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