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Community to celebrate Israel Independence Day April 26 Noa to perform on Channel 3 Channel 3 at 9 p.m. on April 15 will offer a free preview of Noa, who will be featured on the CBS television special, "To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th." This star-studded show has been created by the producers of the Academy Awards (Gil Cates and Dennis Doty) and Emmy (Don Mischer) television shows and written by writer Larry Gelbart of M*A*S*H fame. The local broadcast will be on WTKR- Channel 3. Tidewater residents will have a chance to see Noa live at the Harrison Opera House on Monday, May 4. Those wishing to order tickets m] (757) 664-6492 or may fax (757) 664-6838 (credit card orders only). Ron Eliran Ron Eliran CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 will be presented by the ODU ballet performing Israeli folk dancing, Second Story Theater, the Hebrew Academy Choir, and a cantorial cantata performed by Rabbi Michael Panitz and Cantor Yael Fishman. Along with a day filled with entertainment, the Israel at 50 celebration will offer a variety of foods and beverages from both the Middle East and the USA; a marketplace (Shuk) filled with merchandise from Israel and around the world, and a petting zoo, rides and games for chil- dren. Those wishing more informa- tion may call the Jewish Com- munity Center of Tidewater at 489-1371. The Virginian-Pilot is seeking information for its special Israel at 50 Section Call if you know of ... Israeli products sold in Hampton Roads Relatives of Hampton Roads natives living in m__l-**r'al-I People who studied in Israel during college (e.g. junior year abroad) People who worked on a kibbutz Hampton Roads couples who met in Israel People who volunteered in Israel during War of Independence (1948), Six Day War (1967), etc. Chance encounters with famous lsraelis ALSO SEEKING PHOTOGRAPHS ... of you in Israel, of Israel, of your relatives in Israel. Old photographs and new photographs. * Deadline for contact or calls April 20 Call Barbara McAden Betts, Virginian- Pilot Special Sections Editor, 446-2336 On Sunday, April 26 the com- munity comes together in Town Point Park for Israel Indepen- dence Day, celebrating Israel at 50. The Jewish Community Cen- ter of Tidewater has planned "an outstanding day of activities for the whole family. "Israel at 50" is sponsored by NationsBank and The Virginian-Pilot. The follow- ing is a quick guide to the differ- ent areas of the Festival. FOCUS ON FOOD The Food Court at the Israel Independence Day Festival includes a great selection of Israeli and American cuisine. Tabouli Restaurant will serve falafel with all the fixings and Anthony's will serve grilled lamb in pita. The JCCT Kosher Kart will be on site serving hot dogs, hamburgers and veggieburgers. For dessert, Ben & Jerry's from Waterside will be scooping up fine ice cream treats. Ruby and Company will provide a selection of parve desserts. Kemps'ville Conservative Synagogue's booth will feature hot pretzels and Jack and Jill Ice Cream. The Brith Sholom Lodge will serve bagels and cream cheese and gourmet coffee. Other venZdors include Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes and Bailey's Lemonade and Cot- ton Candy. Beer and wine will also be sold as well as an assort- ment of cold drinks. FOCUS ON THE SHUK Many vendors will set up shop at the Israel Independence Day Festival. Shoppers will be able to find clothing, jewelry, Naot shoes, Hebrew calligraphy, crocheted yarmulkes, Hebrew name bracelets, music, ceramic gifts, watches and more. Vendors as of April 6 include: Artifax, Susan's Fashions, The Kind, Rodef Pilot sponsors CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 the Pilot we would not be able to provide the special supplement to our newspaper which reflects on the historical importance of Israel's 50th birthday to the Jew- ish community in Hampton Roads and the Untied States," said David Brand, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater president. "The Virginian-Pilot is proud to be part of this celebration. Our newspaper strives to recognize the happenings of local and national significance. Therefore, we are glad that we were able to help expand this important celebration to include an Israel at 50 newspa- per supplement which is targeted to the Jewish community as well as an interactive exhibit which Ruth Gruber Sholom Temple, Glazer's Gallery, Festival Bargain Shoppes, Bird- land Music, Recycled Rags, Leslie Frank Caligraphy, and Kate Mar- ley and Co. FOCUS ON INFORMATION Many community organiza- tions will set up information tables in the park. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Jewish National Fund, Israel Bonds and many other local and national organizations will be rep- resented. If your organization has not yet signed up, please call Michael Grossman at the JCCT, 489-1371. FOCUS ON CHILDREN Children will have a "blast" at the Israel Independence Day Fes- tival. Children can go on the rides, have their faces paints, go on a pony ride, and enjoy the pet- ting zoo. There will be a nominal charge for rides. The Young Chil- dren's Klezmer program goes on at 2:30 p.m. The Hebrew Acade- my Choir will also entertain at 3:45 p.m. FOCUS ON ENTERTAINMENT Entertainment begins at noon and lasts until 5:45 p.m. Our line- up features Israeli Folksinger Ron Eliran for two performances (1 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.). The Oy Vey Klezmer group has a special chip dren's presentation at 2:30 p.m. The ODU Ballet Company opens up at noon with a'special Israeli Dance presentation. The Hebrew Academy Choir performs at 3:45 p.m. The Second Story Theater will enhance the education of chil- dreri throughout Hampton Roads," said Joe Delatte, Marketing Direc- tor at The Virginian-Pilot. The Virginian-Pilot will strengthen the programming of the "Walk Through Jerusalem" exhibit which will run from April 22-May 15 by calling forth the help of its on-line subsidiary, Pilot Online. Pilot Online will be devel- oping a website for the exhibit which will allow children to quickly obtain the weather and other information directly from Israel via the Internet. In addition, The Virginian-Pilot will publish a special supplement on May 17 for Israel's 50th birth- day. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 no charge, and those who take advantage of this will have an incredible experience." The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia will feature an art exhibit, "From Remembrance to Renewal" displaying the works of artists Christian Boltanski, Joe Nicastri and Shirman Attie. This exhibit, which opens on April 19, showcases art dealing with the Holocaust and hope for the future. The art exhibit will run through June 14. Those interested in attending this event are goes on stage at 2 p.m. with a spe- cial Israel Independence Day per- formance. A Cantorial Cantata by Rabbi Michael Panitz and Cantor Yael Fishman raps up the day. The main stage has been gener- ously sponsored byBirth Sholom Lodge. FOCUS ON VOLUNTEERS Many volunteers are needed for setup, during the festival to work in different areas, and the break down. Those who have not already volunteered may call Michael Grossman at the JCCT, 489-1371. in-" Stars IO i v LOS ANGELES -- Fran Drescher and Ben Stiller have joined the star-studded list of participants for the upcoming entertainment special "To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th." Academy Award-win- host. Drescher and Stiller join previously announced enter- tainers (in alphabetical order) Kathy Bates, Sid Caesar, natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, Noa (Israel's leading international concert and recording artist), Jessye Norman, Mark O'Connor, Arnold Sehwarz- enegger, Gil Shaham, Stevie Wonder and Noah Wylei "To Life! America Cele- brates Israel's 50th" will be broadcast on April 15 from 9- TV 3. Israeli ambassador CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3 Through Jerusalem" exhibit. The exhibit is also sponsored by The Virginian-Pilot. Ben-David will open the exhibit with a few words of welcome and the com- memoration of an Israel at 50 event. The display is a replica of the eight gates of the historic Old City, and it features hands- on interactive activities inside each of the gates. A private reception will be held at the Center on April 21. The exhibit opens to the public on Wednes- day, April 22 and runs through Thursday, May 14. Those wish- ing more information, or who want to book a tour, may contact the JCCT at 489-1371. 1-2 p.m. 2-2:30 p.m. 2:30-4:40 p.m. 4:30-5:3(p.m. Art Exhibit with guest artist Joe Nicastri Dr. Ruth Gruber "The Long Way Home" Reception encouraged to call the JCCT at 489-1371 to RSVP as seating is limited. The schedule of events is list- ed below.