Beit Hatfutsot at the IAC Celebrate Israel Festival in Los Angeles
“Gibborim: Trailblazers of the Jewish People” from Beit Hatfutsot was the leading event for kids and families at the IAC Celebrate Israel Festival in Los Angeles this past Sunday, May 19.
Hundreds of families jammed out to Jewish singers like Dana International and Bob Dylan, created works of art a la Marc Chagall, jumped in the seat of a fighter plane like Lydia Litvak, and answered some of life’s great questions, posed by philosophers like Rambam, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud.
Israeli and American families alike were excited for this mobile gallery’s first appearance at the Celebrate Israel Festival, some of whom recognized it from the beloved gallery at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv.
Netta, mother of Roi (9) and Kobi (5) said, “My kids were in shock to find out all of these people were Jewish. It totally changed their perspective; they need to know about this Jewish culture and our influence in the world.”
Michal, mother of David (10), Yael (6), and Aviad (5), brought her family to the Yom Haatmazut Celebration to stay connected to their Israeli roots. “We came for the feeling of Am Yisrael– Jewish Peoplehood. My kids were so engaged and excited in this gallery. It’s a great way of teaching them.”
Discovering new gibborim wasn’t just for kids. “Even I learned about new people I didn’t know about before”, Said Maya, mother to Tal (11) and Harel (6), “The Celebrate Israel Festival is an annual event for our family. It was great that this year they could also come away from it with this excitement about our people.”