The ISRAEL21c Photo Station set up at “Israel in Our Hearts” — a family celebration sponsored by the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund on May 3 – enticed 431 fair-goers to pose for fun, personalized portraits against life-size Israel backdrops from our photo archives.

As a corporate sponsor of this first-time event in honor of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, ISRAEL21c provided breathtaking images of the Jaffa Gate illuminated at the Jerusalem Light Festival; a view of the Old City of Jerusalem; Hilton Beach in Tel Aviv; and the new Carasso Science Museum in Beersheva.

“The background shots provided by ISRAEL21c were gorgeous!” wrote JCFEF Director of Events Rachel Kaber to ISRAEL21c President Amy Friedkin.

The event held at the San Francisco Zoo drew some 1,500 Bay Area celebrants for lots of Israel-centered activities, ranging from an “archeological dig” to a puppet show, animal mask-making to dancing in a Gaga Pit. Of course there was Israeli music, falafel and other Mediterranean cuisine on offer.