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Yom Haatzmaut Fete Will Be April 20

American Jewry will launch its celebration of Israel’s 29th Independence Day with an official Yom Haatzmaut gathering at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall April 20. At that time, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, will deliver a special message to the American community. This was announced jointly by Mrs. Faye Schenk, president of the American Zionist Federation, and Mrs. Sarah Shane, president of American Mizrachi Women and chairperson of the AZF Israel Independence Day Committee.

The celebration will also feature “Anachnu Kan” (We Are Here) in a program of song and dance by some 100 Soviet Jewish artists who have emigrated to Israel in recent years. “The program choice,” according to Mrs. Shane, “is designed to underscore the achievements of Russian Jews and others who have made aliya and who have been integrated into the mainstream of Israel’s cultural life.”

In addition to sponsoring an official celebration, the American Zionist Federation has this year Issued a call to Jewish organization, schools and synagogues to note Israel’s Independence Day through special observances.