Do you have a song in your heart for Israel?

Enter the Israel 63 Talent Competition and Compete for Cash Prizes

Musically gifted individuals and groups of all ages are invited to compete for $500 cash prizes and the opportunity to perform on stage at Penn’s Landing before thousands of participants in the Israel 63 Independence Day celebration on Sunday, May 22, noon to 5 p.m.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is sponsoring this Israel: A Song In Our Hearts contest and is soliciting entries now through April 1, 2011.  Go to for contest rules and submission information.

“The competition will be interactive and exciting,” said Federation President Leonard Barrack,” explaining that all entries will be posted on Federation’s website and the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite between April 15 and May 5.  The three entries receiving the highest numbers of votes in each category will be deemed finalists and will be notified by email on May 10.  All finalists must be available to perform live at the May 22 Israel 63 celebration between 12:15 and 4:45 p.m. before a panel of judges who will determine the winners of the following four categories:

  • Individual performers 17 and under
  • Individual performers 18 and over
  • Multi-person groups-17 and under
  • Multi-person groups-18 and over

More details after the jump.
All entrants must live in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties.  Each competitor may submit one song, no longer than two minutes, in either Hebrew or English.  Israel must be mentioned favorably in song lyrics which may not contain proselytizing or messianic messages.  Text of all song lyrics must accompany entries which may be submitted in either:  MP3, MP4, WMV or MPEG format.  Songs do not have to be original.

All submissions must be accompanied by an entry form signed by the competitor(s).  Competitors who are minors must have their entry forms consigned by a parent or guardian.

Entry forms and complete contest rules and regulations are available at .  For additional information, please call Beth Razin at 215-832-0536.

Blank Rome LLP and the Jewish Exponent are sponsors of this community celebration, which will also include an Israeli marketplace, ethnic foods and refreshments, special children’s activities and booths highlighting the programs and activities of many local community organizations.