Youth take leadership in Israel's Independence Day Celebration

Montreal - Montreal's Jewish community will be celebrating 58 years of Israel's Independence on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Park in Côte Saint-Luc. Employing a "for the children by the children" attitude, this year's Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration is being lead by an enthusiastic group of Jewish day school students working in close collaboration with their schools and with FEDERATION CJA.

"I am so happy to have the opportunity to help organize this special event in our community. We are all excited to plan for it in our schools in preparation for Yom Ha'atzmaut," said one student committee member. The 2006 Israel's Independence Day Celebration marks a fresh rethink of the annual event to maximize the involvement of youth. While past observances traditionally took the form of a downtown rally, this year, event Co-Chairs Brenda Gewurz and Gary Lackstein have listened to the needs of the Jewish day schools. In addition to changing the event location to the more accessible Côte Saint-Luc area, the celebration will also have an earlier start, in order to allow schools to continue their Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations in the classroom. The schools and students have been actively involved with all aspects of the event, including the day's programming.

Although the spirit of the event is largely directed towards its young participants, everyone is encouraged to come out and celebrate Jewish identity and education, pride for the state of Israel and community involvement. The event will start at Cavendish Mall (at the back of the parking lot on Kildare Road) at 9:45 a.m. Participants will then march together to Trudeau Park to officially kick off festivities at 10:30 a.m., with popular Jewish spiritual singers, Stotland Yard, leading the way with high-spirited singing and dancing.

The committee would like to thank the newly reconstituted Côte Saint-Luc city council for its cooperation.

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