Second Annual North American Hebrew Festival Returns to New York Next Week

Gym-bo- Hagiga Ivrit - March 6th 10:30am at Riverdale YM-YWHA- Ihouse
Gym-bo Hagiga Ivrit – March 6th 10:30am at Riverdale YM-YWHA- Ihouse

Building on its successful debut last year, the world’s biggest celebration of the Hebrew language returns for another run in the New York metro area March 6 with a whole new two-week slate of programs and experiences for scholars, students, culture vultures, and families.

The Hagigah Ivrit (“Hebrew festival”) will feature more than 40 events on a broad range of topics in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey, including literary, culinary, musical, cinematic, and educational events, as well as several ongoing exhibitions and special programs. Target audiences range from seniors to young children and their families and everyone in between with special events targeted toward teachers and others designed to take place in schools with their students. All offerings will engage their audience in the beauty and history of the Hebrew language and culture.

The opening event of this year’s festival honors the legendary Israeli writer, playwright, and Oscar-nominated movie director Ephraim Kishon (1924-2005) in commemoration of ten years since his passing. Another featured event will be the second annual Hebrew Song Celebration will bring together children’s choirs from nine local schools to perform Hebrew-language songs celebrating the early years of Israel’s history. Throughout the Hagigah, attendees will find IAC community building events like Shishi Israeli across the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

For organizations that would like to participate – such as JCC’s, schools, synagogues, and youth groups – the Hagigah website presents a list of resources that can help you organize your own event including a list of Kishon resources, New York based Israeli artists and a facilitators guide to eight classic Israeli movies along with a link to a site that streams most of them.

The Hagigah Ivrit, which runs through March 20, is an initiative of The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America and is co-sponsored by the World Zionist Organization, The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, and the Israeli-American Council. The festival is also supported by strategic partners such as The Jewish Education Project, Ravsak and the Schechter Day School Network.

For a full listing of the program schedule and more background on the festival, visit: or the Hagigah Ivrit page on Facebook.

Participating Organizations as of 3-2-2016
(more events being added daily)

  1. Abraham Joshua Heschel High School
  2. Bereisheet Educators Forum
  3. Beit Rabban Day School
  4. B’nai Jeshurun
  5. Carmel Academy
  6. Chofshi B’Manhattan at SWFS
  7. Congegation Beth Aharon
  8. Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun
  9. Congregation Mount Sinai 
  10. The Council for Hebrew Language and Culture in North America
  11. The Frisch School
  12. Hannah Senesh Community Day School
  13. Harlem Hebrew Language Academy
  14. Hashomer Hatzair
  15. Hebrew Language Academy Charter School
  16. IAC Dor Chadash
  17. Israeli-American Council (IAC)
  18. Israel Film Center Stream
  19. Israel Scouts – Tzofim
  20. JCC Manhattan
  21. Jewish A Cappella Festival
  22. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
  23. Kinneret Day School
  24. Luria Academy of Brooklyn
  25. Mid-Island Y JCC
  26. Mitchabrim in Brooklyn
  27. Moatza Mekomit New York
  28. Music Talks
  29. OneTable
  30. Ramaz
  31. The Riverdale YM-YWHA
  32. Sifriyat Pijama B’America (SP-BA)
  33. Solomon Schechter Day School of Manhattan
  34. Sprout Brooklyn Day Camp
  35. Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
  36. Strategic Hebrew
  37. The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life
  38. Ulpan Or
  39. Yeladudes Theater
  40. Yeshiva of Flatbush
  41. Yeshiva University Museum
  42. The World Zionist Organization
  43. 92Y