The State of Israel celebrates

60 years of independence


The Ministerial Committee marking 60 years of independence, headed by Minister Ruhama Avraham Balila, has approved the first list of events and projects that will be held and implemented in the 60th year of Israel’s independence. Events celebrating Israel at 60 will be held in 2008 and 2009 (Shvat 5768 to Tevet 5769). The 60th Anniversary Administration, headed by Minister Ruhama Avraham Balila, is currently in the process of concluding the programs that will involve collaboration with various Government Ministries and national institutions. The list of projects and events presented below is partial, and will be updated during the year. The professional administration for the events marking 60 years of Israel’s independence is initiating, producing and sponsoring events and activities that comply with the following principles:
The events and projects shall reflect the Government resolution that Israel’s 60th anniversary will center around the “strengthening of Israel’s children”.
The Israel at 60 events shall be designed to reach all the citizens of Israel wherever they may be, and a major proportion of the events shall be held in outlying regions. The events shall showcase Israel’s achievements over the 60 years since its founding.
The mix of events shall put special emphasis on Holocaust survivors and other sectors of the population.
Part of the budget for the Israel at 60 events shall be earmarked for infrastructure projects, that will bear fruit in the coming years.
The events and projects to mark 60 years of Israel’s independence shall focus on inculcating educational, cultural and artistic values among the youth. Emphasis shall also be placed on strengthening religious tolerance and civic awareness, strengthening the connection with the history of the State of Israel and the Jewish People, and strengthening awareness of nature, heritage, landscape and environmental values.

Children Plays Festival at Haifa
The 18th international children plays festival will take place during Passover holiday beginning the 21st of April and until the 23rd of April at Haifa Theater. During the festival 190 plays will be preformed including plays participating in a competition, guest plays and outdoor performances from Israel and abroad.
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Children’s drawings contest and combination of the drawings in the official calendar / 1/3/08-8/5/08
As parts of the events celebrating 60 years of independence it has been decided to conduct a national children’s drawings contest.
The project is carried out by two children’s T.V channels simultaneously: Hop and the Children’s channel, at the end of process the official calendar of the State of Israel will be produced, comprised of selected drawings.

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Selection of the national bird on Israel’s 60th year of independence / 5.3-4.4.08
Selection of the official national bird of the state of Israel
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Twin Towns Convention / 9-12.3.08
Every decade, the local authorities in Israel hold a twin town convention. This year, the convention will take place as part of the 60 years to the State of Israel celebrations and 70 years to the Local Authorities Center.
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Saluting the education system / 26.3.08
IDF soldiers and commanders salute the teachers and pupils of Israel
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Youth Thinking of Tomorrow
Youth competition: envisioning the country’s future in a creative work competition
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Israeli Police Salutes the State of Israel / 8.5.08
A fun family event at the Police Academy at Kiryat Ata
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In the footsteps of the 1948 combatants
Youngsters make their way up to Jerusalem
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A games project in Eilat / 12.08
Jewish youth from the Diasporas participate in sporting competitions at Eilat
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Basketball against violence / 29.5.08
Events to celebrate Israeli accomplishments in the field of basketball
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The State of Israel salutes Olim (new immigrants) soldiers and “lonely soldiers” / 21.8.08
The State of Israel shows its respect and appreciation to new immigrant soldiers who came to Israel on their own in order to join the IDF
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A salute to veterans who fought against the Nazis / 11.5.08
A special event in respect of the victory over Nazi Germany
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Bedouin Festival / 8-10.5.08
Cultural and Touristic Bedouin Festival at Rahat
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Akko Festival / 10.08
The opening ceremony at Akko festival will mark 60 years to the State of Israel and will be carried out with the cooperation of the 60’s headquarters.

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The violins of hope – the 60’s concert / 24.9.08
The 60’s concert will be held along the Jerusalem walls.
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Zephath Klezmer Festival opening ceremony / 18.08.08
The Zephath Klezmer Festival marking 60 years to Israel
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Eilat Jazz Festival / 8.08
The international Jazz festival is held at Eilat for the 22nd time this year is going to be extremely festive this year. The 60’s events headquarters invites you to the Jazz festival at Eillat which will be held during the last week of August. According to the festival’s tradition, the best Jazz artists will meet at Eilat and this year, will mark 60 years to Israel’s independence
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Israel Festival / 7.08
The 60’s events headquarters invites you to Israel Festival 2008, the festival will host approximately 1000 artists from Israel and abroad who will show their respect to Israel at its 60th anniversary with music and dance performances, theater and many other special events
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Karmiel Dancing Festival / 22-24.7.08
Children dancing groups from Israel and abroad will participate in the event celebrating 60 years to Israel.
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Dance Calling on Jerusalem Day / 2.6.08
Dancing at the Kotel (the Wailing Wall) on Jerusalem Day
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Theaterneto / 22.4.08
The sixties events headquarters has given its sponsorship this year to the Theaterneto one man show festival, this year the festival will be conducted for the 18th time during the Passover holiday at the dates 22-24th April.
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Six decades six Museums / 16.4.08 and throughout the year
The 60’s events headquarters invite you to a cultural experience. The “Six Decades, Six Museums” project is the result of cooperation between the 60’s headquarters, The Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, Culture Administration, the Department of Museums and Plastic Art and the participating museums. The project will expose the State of Israel as depicted through art along the years in a large scale exhibition presented across Israel.
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Theater Awards Ceremony / 4.4.08
A ceremony dedicated to sixty years of Israeli theater.
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Israel salutes to 60 years of environmental activity / 16.9.08
The Ministry of Environmental Protection sponsored by the 60’s events headquarters will award the “Life Work Environmental Protection Award” as part of Israel’s 60 celebrations
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Security & Defense Cooperation and Export Division / 10.9.08-17.9.08
A presentation of the accomplishments of Israel’s military industry
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City of the youth in Haifa / 28.8.08
To mark 60 years of independence to the State of Israel.
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Co-existence Festival / 27.8.08
As part of the 60’s events, the 60’s headquarters will conduct a co-existence festival in cooperation with the Gilboa Local Authority aimed at promoting social and religious pluralism
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60’s wedding / 19.8.08
The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption initiates a celebration for new immigrants – The 60’s wedding
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Cohenim blessing at the Kotel (the Western Wall) / 10.08.08
A special event in collaboration with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation
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Activity as part of the Hebrew book fair / 28.5.08-7.6.08
The 60’s headquarters invites the general public to attend the Hebrew Book Fair that will be held across Israel at the dates: 28.5.2008 – 7.6.2008
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The contribution of the holocaust survivors throughout the sixty years of our existence / 28.4.08
“This is where my home is – Holocaust survivors in Israel” is a special exhibition that will be presented in honor and memory of the holocaust survivors.
The exhibition that is sponsored by the 60’s events headquarters will review the great contribution holocaust survivors have made during Israel’s 60 years of existence.

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Warszawa Ghetto Uprising and Janusz Korczak Walk / 29.4.08
As part of the 60 years to Israel events it has been decided to reenact the walk Yanush Korczak and his children walked from their home to the concentration camp during the holocaust
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New and Unique playgrounds across Israel / within 5 years
Keren Hayesod (United Israel Appeal) establishes new playgrounds for children
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Soon we will become a song / 7.5.08
Israel’s top artists will participate in the annual remembrance project by Galai Tzahal radio station and “soon we will become a song” network. This year the project will mark 60 years to Israel’s independence.
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Military bands from 10 countries play for peace in Israel / 8.5.08
Military bands play for peace
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The State of Israel’s birthday parties / 9.5.08
On Friday, May 9th 2008, the 60’s headquarters will hold three massive birthday parties in honor of Israeli music from 11:00 AM till 16:00 PM
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Amos 3 Communications Satellite to be launched into space
With a giant 60th anniversary logo
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No child’s play
A project in memory of the Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust
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Recognition awards for women
For their special contribution to the advancement of children in Israel
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The Eilat Ink Flag
Raising of the biggest national flag in the world to mark the liberation of the town of Eilat
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Youth Movements at Tel Hai
Memorial Ceremony for Joseph Trumpeldor and the heroes of Tel Hai
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FIRST
The international science and technology contest
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Foot path around the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret Trail)
The 60th Anniversary Administration and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) invite you to the Sea of Galilee
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A traveling display and exhibit of Israel’s achievements
An experience for the whole family adapted for Israel’s 60th anniversary
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The State of Israel salutes its founders: Holocaust survivors and Illegal Immigrants

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Lighting up Israel’s skies
Special display on the eve of Independence Day
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The IDF salutes Israel
Aerobatic, naval and parachute jumping displays
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Israel’s children in the national parks and nature reserves
Children in Israel are invited to hike along Israel’s outdoor trails
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The 60th birthday of those born on 5 Iyar 5708
Celebrating the birthday of those born on 5 Iyar 5708 at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem
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Cycling to Jerusalem
A national infrastructure project, in collaboration with Keren Kayemeth LeIrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF)
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The International Bible Contest
Renewal of the Bible Contest
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An evening in honor of Ethiopian Olim
Israel solutes the Ethiopian Jewish Community
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Event in honor of the Druse Community
Israel salutes the Druse and Circassian Communities

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Restoration of monuments to the Fallen
Remembering the Fallen
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Independence for All – picnic spots for people with disabilities
Establishing picnic spots accessible to people with disabilities
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The 60’s song
A song has been chosen to accompany the formal campaign of the 60’s events.
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An evening in respect of IDF widows and orphans / a date has not been determined yet
A special event honoring widows and orphans of IDF casualties
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Beach-ball / Summer 08
The city of Natanya, sponsored by the 60’s headquarters, will host the beach football challenge cup final, the second most important beach football event in Europe
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An evening in respect of terror attacks casualties and their families / a date has not been determined yet
An evening in respect of terror attacks casualties and their families
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Israeli Arabs / summer of 08
A festival and fun activities at Shfaram
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The State of Israel solutes its volunteers / summer of 08
As part of the 6o’s events, the State of Israel wishes to express its appreciation and respect of volunteering organizations in Israel.
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Mass event honoring immigrants from the Soviet Union / summer of 08
Mass event honoring immigrants from the Soviet Union
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60 years of fashion / summer 08
Review of Israel’s accomplishments in the field of fashion.
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Israel Ethnic Festival / summer 08
Street festival in Jerusalem
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Mass Bar Mitzvah / a date has not been set yet
A mass Bar Mitzvah for 600 children from all over Israel in cooperation with Migdal Or Association
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Theater at detention facilities / a date has not been set yet
Plays for youth present at youth detention centers.
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Cleaning Israel week / a date has not been set yet
A week of cleaning Israel during the 60 years of the State of Israel’s existence.
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The Diaspora path / a date has not been set yet
A monumental exhibit displayed across Jerusalem
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The establishment of a Children’s theater in Jerusalem / during 08
The 60’s headquarters and the Jerusalem City Council are initiating the establishment of a new and extraordinary children and youth theater at the city of Jerusalem for the enjoyment of the
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Family Activity for the benefit of Sderot and Gaza surroundings residents / a date has not been set yet
Special events in a range of topics adapted to family activity for the benefit of sderot, Gaza surroundings and west Negev residents

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