EVENTS AROUND THE NATION
This is partial list of known events, however, other events might be planned in other cities.
If your state is not listed below please contact BOTH your local federation AND JCRC and ask them about the Gilad Shalit event.
To find your local federation please click here.
To find your local JCRC please click here.
All dates are in year 2009
Phoenix: The community-wide activity in Phoenix will be preceded by educational activities in both community camps, focusing on the book that Gilad Shalit wrote about peace in the Middle East when he was 11 years old. In addition, a community wide petition drive will gather signatures to be delivered to the American Red Cross to deepen its involvement in securing Shalit’s release. An exhibition about Gilad Shalit will be displayed in the lobby of the JCC. Contact Community Shlicha, Sharron Topper-Amitai, either by e-mail at Sharron@jewishphoenix.org, or by phone at 480-634-4900.
August 27: Tuscon, the Jewish community in Tuscon, Arizona will hold a community wide event to screen the documentary film about Gilad Shalit, in partnership with Channel 10 in Israel. In addition, the city will grant honory citizenship to Gilad Shalit, an initiative will be advanced in additional communities in North America as well. Contact Community Shaliach Moshe Babel-Pour, eihter by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 520-477-9393.
San Francisco: contact Community Shlicha, Lital Carmel, eihter by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 415-512-6425.
August 21-22: Denver, a community wide Israel event will feature an address by Shachar Azani the deputy counsel for communication from the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. The address will focus on Gilad Shalit and the ongoing attempts to secure his freedom and will launch a petition drive gather signatures to be delivered to the American Red Cross to deepen its involvement in securing Shalit’s release. Contact Community Shaliach Raz Arbel,either via e-mail at email@example.com, or phone at 303-316-6449.
August 26: See detailed information above. Don't forget to pre-order the Gilad Shalit T-shirt to wear at the event.
NEW JERSEY (Northern)
August 30: A community wide event will be held in Teaneck, NJ. A documentary film about Gilad Shalit will be screened, followed by a panel discussion led by a local rabbi. A community wide petition drive will gather signatures to be delivered to the American Red Cross to deepen its involvement in securing Shalit’s release. Educational activities for children and youth will be organized, including the mass release of blue and white balloons, one for each day of Shalit’s captivity. Contact Community Shaliach Stuart Levy, either by e-mail at StuartL@ujannj.org, or by phone at 201-820-3909.
August 30: Columbus, the Columbus Jewish Federation will hold a community-wide commemoration focusing on the ongoing attempts to secure Gilad Shalit’s freedom - featuring public officials and the screening of a documentary film about Gilad Shalit, as well as a musical tribute from Columbus young people. The city of Columbus will grant honorary citizenship to Gilad Shalit. Participants will have a chance to sign a petition that will be delivered to the American Red Cross helping to deepen its involvement in securing Shalit’s release. Contact Community Shaliach Avi Kagan, either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 614-559-3212.
August 28-29: Tulsa, Synagogues in the city, across denominational lines, will participate in special services for Gilad Shalit on August 28 and 29. Congregants will send postcards to the Red Cross and to the White House calling for Gilad’s release. In the same week, students in Jewish schools in Tulsa will focus on Gilad Shalit in their educational program, using the book that Gilad himself wrote as a child, and four mega-churches will participate as well. Additional efforts are being made to involve Tulsa’s mayor in these activities as well. Contact Community Shaliach, Itai Lavi, eihter by e-mail at email@example.com, or by phone at 918-495-1100.