Join us for a community celebration of Israel's independence!

Experience Jerusalem’s exciting mix of ancient and modern right here in Boston! Place a note in the Kotel, find a surprise in the Machane Yehuda “shuk,” get a taste of Kibbutz life, see robotic technology in action, visit the Knesset, watch live performances and much more!    

When? Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:00-6:00pm

Where? The Arsenal Mall, 2nd floor above Marshalls
               485 Arsenal Street 
               Watertown, MA 02472  map
(Across the street from the Watertown Target Store)

Price: $20 per family until June 8
           $25 per family after June 8 and at the door
           $10 per individual


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Let's do this together as a community!

We need teens, college students, young adults, and parents to help run the event from beginning to end on June 11th! Volunteers will help with set-up, registration, directing guests, leading activities, and break-down. Join this important and fun team! 

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Support the Celebrate Israel Festival

Celebrate Israel provides the opportunity to promote your business & brand to over 3,000 Israeli-Americans and Jewish Americans in Greater Boston! For more information or to confirm your sponsorship, please be in touch with Paula Sinclair– [email protected]

Entertainment & Activities

The Celebrate Israel Festival is the largest Jewish happening in Boston where 3,000 community members will celebrate the State of Israel with live entertainment, food, art, culture and activities for young families! 

Main Stage

Doors Open at 2:00 pm 
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Over 20 Activities, Machane Yehuda Shuk & Coffee Shop
3:00-3:30 pm: Community Showcase Performances 
3:30-4:00 pm: Rikudei Am - Israeli Folk Dancing 
4:45 - 6:00 pm: Flag Ceremony & Israeli Scouts Tzofim Friendship Caravan Performance


Machane Yehuda Shuk: Come experience the sounds, smells, and tastes of the Israeli “shuk”! 
IAC Keshet Hebrew Language and Culture: Draw on our graffiti wall & create colorful bookmarks.
IAC Eitanim Teen Lounge: Hang out, listen to popular Israeli music, play foosball & air hockey!
Get a Taste of Kibbutz Life: Agriculture, arts, and sports activities
Build the Knesset: Learn about the legislative branch of the Israeli government! 
A Walk Through Jerusalem’s History: An interactive learning experience about the holy city! 
The Start Up Nation: Learn all about Israeli innovation and play with robots!
Life Size Kotel Experience: Place a handwritten note in this huge virtual Kotel
Media Room Photo Booth: Take a picture with family and friends decked out in Israel themed props!

More Activities



Q: Who should come to the festival?

A: Festival activities are geared towards young families with children ages 0-12. The entire community is welcome, you do not need to be able to speak Hebrew! 

Q: Is the festival indoors or outdoors this year?

A: The festival is indoors, inside a designated space within the Arsenal Mall.

Q: Will tickets be available at the door? 

A: Participants are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance to avoid having to wait in line. Tickets will be sold at the door based on availability, but online ticket sales will be open on the day of the event. 

Q: Is there parking near the festival?

A: Yes there is plenty of free parking in the parking lot directly outside the Arsenal Mall. 

Q: Will there be security at the festival?

A: Yes, every year the festival takes extra measures to make sure that the festival surroundings and the attendees are safe and therefore hire a private security company that works closely local police to ensure everyone is safe.


Q: Will there be food at the festival?

A: There will be Kosher snacks and drinks available for purchase inside the festival. There are also restaurants in the Arsenal mall where families can purchase food. 

Q: Will outside food and drinks be allowed to be brought into the festival?

A: Yes, you may bring your own snacks and drinks. 

Q: Does the ticket purchased give me access to come in and out of the festival?

A: Yes, you will get a stamp to exit and re-enter the festival

Q: If I buy a ticket online and decide not to attend the festival, can I get reimbursed?

A: Refunds will be made only in a case of emergency with appropriate medical proof or cancellation of event.

Q: What should I know about security procedures?

A:  All adults 16 and over should bring valid government-issued identification which will be checked at entry. All visitors and bags will be subject to search upon entry.

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Contact Details

IAC Boston
(617) 795-3400