Several thousand people gathered on the Penn's Landing waterfront on a sunny Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 66th birthday of the state of Israel with music, food and children's activities.
The annual Israel Independence event is organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia as a way to bring American Jews closer to the Jewish state through its unique culture.
The crowd was treated to performances by Germantown Jewish Centre’s Maleveh Malka Band and the Tribal Clefs, a Philadelphia-based a cappella group, before Israeli headliners Ayala Ingedashet  and David Broza .
In addition to dozens of vendors sprawled across the waterfront, more than three dozen agencies set up booths to showcase their programs. A "Lag B’Omer Fun Zone" featured GaGa courts, arts and crafts, Israel Scouts rope games and other activities for children.
Click the multimedia tab to the right for video clips and a slideshow from the event. For even more photos, see the Federation's photostream on Flickr .