Livingston celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with a flag-raising over Town Hall on April 15. The event featured a flag dance performance by eighth-graders from the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. The annual Israel Independence Day event, organized by the Livingston Celebrates Israel Committee, is a project of the township’s diversity and inclusion committee. Livingston is believed to be one of the few municipalities to offer a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration.
Township officials read a proclamation declaring April 15, 2021, as Rabbi Elie Mischel Day in Livingston, in honor of the religious leader of Suburban Torah synagogue who will make aliyah with his family this summer. The town noted Rabbi Mischel’s dedication to the greater Livingston community and Israel celebration. Member of Congress Mikie Sherrill (D-11) presented Rabbi Mischel with an award at the celebration.
“I’m incredibly proud to be a resident of Livingston, which celebrates and includes all of its diverse communities,” said Sheri Goldberg, chair of the Livingston Celebrates Israel committee. “From the moment that I brought this suggestion to the town, they have been nothing but welcoming and make sure that Israel is celebrated on Yom Ha’atzmaut every year.”