Jewish Federation Celebrates Israel’s Independence Day With Outdoor Events May 5: Press Run – 71Bait

Annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration: The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will hold its annual Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration – a festival celebrating Israel’s Independence Day – on May 5 at 6 p.m. in front of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road in Beachwood, and next door Temple-Tifereth Israel. The event is free and open to the community.

Celebration of Israel’s 74th Independence Day will include an outdoor carnival with live Israeli music by IsraBand; stilt walkers and jugglers; children’s activities like glitter art and games; a ghost station with Israeli swag; Grocery and alcohol available for purchase; and raffle prizes.

The first 300 people to register for Yom Ha’atzmaut by April 25 will receive a raffle ticket at the entrance and be eligible for special prizes and experiences.

“Yom Ha’atzmaut is always such an exciting and solemn time for our community,” said Shelley Gimbel, co-chair of the event, in a press release. “We look forward to providing attendees of all ages with a great experience celebrating Israel with lively entertainment, delicious food, family fun and much more.”

“This will be the federation’s first large-scale community event in almost two years, and we can’t wait for people to show up and proudly celebrate the strong bond we have with Israel and our community,” added Zach Siegal, co-chair of another event , plus the same output.

Other co-chairs include Shelley and Zach’s spouses Adam Gimbel and Shelby Siegal.

The Federation will also hold its annual Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) commemoration with a meaningful memorial service to honor the legacy and sacrifices of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This ceremony will be held two days before Yom Ha’atzmaut on May 3 at 7:00 p.m. with a virtual and an in-person event at The Temple-Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd. occur. in beach forest.

Yom Ha’atzmaut is sponsored by the Cleveland Jewish News along with more than 35 community partners. Registration is required to participate. For more information or to register for Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron, visit

From Colombia to Shaker Heights: Verb, Ohio’s contemporary ballet company, welcomes Colombian dancer Bryan Andres Salinas to Cleveland. Salinas arrived in Cleveland in January as part of Verb’s 2022 international cultural exchange program.

The International Cultural Exchange Program was designed to identify individuals representing the diverse cultures and races of the world and bring them to Cleveland to work with Verb’s dancers for six months. The program was specifically established to promote cultural exchange, diversity, equity and inclusion. Verb has previously hosted international artists from South Africa, Taiwan, Chile, Vietnam and Cuba.

Salinas began studying dance at the age of 10 at the Colombian Institute of Classical Ballet. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies in New York City at Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, the Joffrey Ballet School and the Manhattan Youth Ballet.

“Verb Ballets uses dance to build community at home and abroad,” Margaret Carlson, Verb Ballets’ artistic director of production, said in a press release. “This cultural exchange program allows us to bring new artistic perspectives and a deeper understanding of cultures while finding camaraderie in dance as an art form.”

Internships at the Heights Libraries: Heights Libraries is offering two $1,500 paid internships for local high school students this summer in digital literacy education.

The program includes a general introduction to the library, various learning opportunities and hands-on experiential activities. In particular, interns will shadow staff, assist clients in the computer/multimedia labs and observe computer classes. At the end of the program, interns demonstrate what they’ve learned by co-teaching a computer class with one of the library’s tech trainers.

The program is open to residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights between the ages of 16 and 19. Persons under the age of 18 must have signed permission from a parent or legal guardian to participate. Applicants must also commit to being in the library at least 16 hours per week for a period of six weeks, from June 13 to July 22. Family members of current employees or members of the Board of Trustees are not eligible to apply.

More information can be found here.

Fifth Birthday Celebration: ARTFUL, based in the Coventry PEACE Building at 2843 Washington Boulevard in Cleveland Heights, is throwing a party to celebrate its fifth birthday. The party includes a new exhibition by ARTFUL artists in the lobby; Live music; Tarot Readings by Beautiful Sadness; light appetizers and desserts; specialty cocktail and mocktail by Robin VanLear; open studios; presentation of trophies; and a Coventry PEACE Park Dance Party fundraiser.

The event is scheduled for April 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visit for more information. To register for the party, visit here.

In the Heights Libraries: Upcoming online courses through Heights Libraries include “Mac Basics, Part 2” on April 29 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (register here) and “Cleveland Heights’ Landmarks” on May 3 from 7:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m.

The landmark program celebrates the beautiful homes and buildings of Cleveland Heights. You’ll learn about the city’s existing landmarks as well as the Landmark Commission’s efforts to add more sites that honor the history of women and black people in our community. The speaker will be Mazie Adams, Chair of the Landmark Commission, who will also discuss the benefits and impact of landmarks in Cleveland Heights. You can register here from April 19th.

In terms of in-person events, the Coventry Library branch at 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights will host author Eugene Marten as he reads from and speaks about his newly published novel Pure LifeApril 28, 7pm-8:30pm (register here) and Creating a Greener Heights: Springing Forward, May 2, 7pm-8:30pm (registration not required).

And for people of all ages, Through the Gate: A Collection of Textile Collages, by Boni Suzanne Gelfand will be held at the Lee Road location, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights throughout the day on May 4th. Visit the Lee Road Art Gallery during regular library hours to see a collection of textile collages by local artist Boni Suzanne Gelfand.

Doan Brook Family Fishing Workshop: You and your family are invited to join the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership and Cleveland Metroparks Youth Outdoors for fun family-friendly fishing.

They cover the basics, from equipment and technique to casting, fish identification and handling. You’ll even learn how to clean and prepare your catch. After learning the basics, anyone can try their hand at fishing for catfish and bluegill in the Rockefeller Lagoon. Bring your own rod and reel or rent one. Baits are provided.

The event will take place on May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can register online at or by calling 216-325-7781.

NBC grant: University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan reported in his weekly update that Aiden Keenan, senior and former mayoral intern at John Carroll University, has been named a recipient of NBC’s 2022 “Meet the Press” grant.

The scholarship is exclusive to John Carroll University students and was first awarded in 2009 in honor of Tim Russert of JCU’s Class of ’72, who died in 2008 after more than 16 years at the helm of Meet the Press.

President of the Ursulines appointed to the National Committee: Ursuline College (Pepper Pike) President, Sister Christine De Vinne, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Higher Education Working Group of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She is one of only five college presidents invited to serve alongside five American bishops.

The purpose of the working group is to advance further dialogue and collaboration between the country’s Catholic colleges and bishops.

“I am honored to be called to the Higher Education Working Group,” Sister Christine said in a press release. “I look forward to consulting with colleagues and bishops from across the country on issues relevant to Catholic colleges and universities.”

Special Concert at Beachwood: The Beachwood Arts Council will present a special concert featuring the BackTraxx Band from 2pm to 3pm. April 24 at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd.

The popular band, comprised of eight musicians from the Cleveland area, will entertain audiences with a “blast from the past” by playing favorite songs from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The familiar tunes will make you smile and sing along.

The concert is free and open to the community and is made possible by grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

For more information, call the Beachwood Arts Council at 216-595-3400 or visit

White House Fellow: Kiara Patterson of Shaker Heights is a junior journalist major in broadcasting with a minor in criminology and is working to graduate from Howard University in 2023.

Patterson is one of three Howard University students to receive a 2022 White House Correspondents’ Association college scholarship.

“I am pleased to congratulate the recipients of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association college scholarships,” Howard University President Wayne AI Frederick said in a press release. “They are the communicators of the future, and we look to them to continue the tradition of excellence in their efforts to advance the truth.”

The grantees attend 12 different universities and received a total of $105,900. Patterson aspires to be a presenter or reporter for major television networks, networks and programs including CNN, Entertainment Tonight and the Today show.

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