Hagiga Ivrit | San Diego
March 2017

A month long festival celebrating the Hebrew Language and Israel.  Join in events celebrating Hebrew, the vibrant language of Israel expressed in its literature, movies, songs, comedy, photography and more.  Hagiga Ivrit 2017 showcases many events offered grassroots by community members and by organizations throughout San Diego.

A taste of the festival – over 20 events to choose from
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Gain a rich understanding of Israeli society by viewing and discussing classic movie, TV, and comedy clips with a comedian who has experienced the Israeli way first hand. Tickets: $19 in advance, $22 at the door. Price includes refreshments and one drink ticket.  More Info

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 6:15-8:30 p.m.

Join the largest teen youth & Israel advocacy gathering in San Diego for this year’s Like Israel “Uncut” event with headline speaker Ami Horowitz.  Continue reading “LIKE ISRAEL “Uncut” FOR TEENS”

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Guests of honor Consul Generals of India and Israel. San Diego Indian American Society presents 14th annual Unity in Diversity Festival of World Dances.  A medley of dances from India, Egypt, Spain, and Israel showcasing unity in diversity. Silver Jubilee celebration of India-Israel diplomatic relationship.   TNUA Israeli Dance Troupe will perform a classic Israeli song “Abba Sipur” Dad, Tell me a Story. The young dancers will share through movement and Sign Language the meaning of the song instantly making the music and the story of the importance of literacy one that is accessible to all.   More Info

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Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m .

Ivri will be performing his greatest hits from his extensive repertoire in an intimate and raw version – just like they were first created – in his studio, on his guitar and piano.  One of the most successful rock artists in Israel today; a singer-songwriter whose lyrics speak to and about his generation.  It comes as no surprise to those who follow the Israeli music scene that the combination of Ivri’s songwriting and his unique voice has taken this bashful young man, and recent winner of the tile of “Male Singer of the Year,” to the level of “superstar” on all the major national and local radio stations.  More info



Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 6:45pm

Dani Menkin’s documentary recounts the inspiring tale of the Israeli national basketball team’s 1977 win of the European Cup.
The screening will be followed by a Q &A session with Dani Menkin, the Director, Writer and Producer of the movie.

The movie is in Hebrew and English with English subtitles. The event is suitable for kids as well. More info



  • I love the idea of an annual festival. This is our 2nd annual festival and it’s our privilege to highlight the incredibly rich experiences our community builds for itself all over San Diego through comedy, dance, music and art.

    Jennie Starr, CEO & Founder Tarbuton, Startup18 and Hagiga Ivrit San Diego

  • Jewish Poets–Jewish Voices, is proud that its program on Mar. 21 at the Astor Judaica Library, Lawrence Family JCC, featuring poets from the Golden Age of Spain, will be included in San Diego’s Hagiga Ivrit festival. Our program highlights poetry written by Jews in the diaspora and in Israel. Every program includes readings in Hebrew, but many programs also include poetry in ladino, spanish and other languages along with translations in English. Our committee appreciates the participation of the community members in readings. Poets featured in the March 21 evening include Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Juday Halevi and Abraham Ibn Ezra. We look forward to participating in the many exciting events planned during the Celebration of the Hebrew Language.  My late husband, Hal Wingard, who served as the Executive Director of the California Language Teachers Association, was a firm believer in language learning and doing it through communicative-based instruction, […] He felt that learning another language not only facilitated communication in a foreign country, but broadened ones outlook and appreciation of cultures other than ones own and fostered greater understanding between people of diverse backgrounds.

    Eileen Wingard, Chair, Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices at Lawrence Family JCC

  • Kavod is very happy to be included in San Diego’s Hagiga Ivrit celebration. At our school, every day is Hagiga Ivrit. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our love of the Hebrew language and culture among diverse expanded audiences. Creating a diverse community of learners who appreciate Hebrew is part of Kavod’s vision. As the only Hebrew immersion public school in San Diego, we bring the opportunity to learn Hebrew to the entire San Diego community.

    Ronit Yerushalmi, Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator Kavod Elementary Charter School