Next week, we invite the entire community to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with us here at the JCC. The highlight of the celebration will be a performance by acclaimed Israeli singer Dganit Daddo.
Dganit was kind enough to answer some questions for us before embarking on her travel to see us in the United States. Read her responses below and be sure to see her perform on Wednesday, May 8 at the Uptown JCC.
Q&A With Dganit Daddo
What inspires your music?
Meeting different people around the world and learning their way of life.
What does it mean to you to celebrate Israel Independence Day in New Orleans?
Celebrating Israel Independence Day out of Israel is very touching. Many times it seems that the celebration of our Independence Day outside of Israel is much more appreciated. It's amazing to see you all so happy and supportive.
What has been your favorite city to perform in and why?
Everywhere I performed was very special. It’s always a pleasure to meet new people and see different cultures. It was exciting to perform all around Russia, and it was a very unique experience to perform at the Mumbai Music Festival in India. Last summer, we played in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. We met many musicians from Arab countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Some of them have never met Israelis and were so surprised to discover how similar we are.
What do you wish all Americans would know about Israel?
Israel is a beautiful and special country. It can be crossed in six hours from north to south by car and 45 minutes from east to west. It’s unbelievable how tiny we are and how much impact and noise we make. We are still very young and have people that come from all around the world. We are looking for peace and happiness for our children.
What is your favorite Israeli food?
Falafel.... easy one :)
What message do you hope New Orleans will take away from your performance here at the J?
Love, unity, joy and a small portion of flavor and smell of ISRAEL!
Why is it important to celebrate Israel Independence Day in communities around the world?
It is so important that Israelis and Jews remain connected to each other around the world. Jewish history is so tough, present is chaotic all around the globe, and we must always be on guard. The future Israel is the home of all of the Jewish people. Most of them still live abroad, but you can ALWAYS come home!
How can we best show our support of Israel from New Orleans?
Stay connected to Israel, and come to visit from time to time :)
Click here to learn more about Israel Independence Day at the JCC.