Yom Ha’atzmaut

Transitioning from mourning to celebration, Israelis kick off 70th year joy in Jerusalem

(JNS.org) — Following a solemn remembrance of Israel’s fallen on Wednesday as part of Memorial Day commemorations, Israelis kicked off the celebration of its milestone 70th anniversary on Wednesday night in Independence Day festivities at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

The ceremony, which was the biggest and most expensive ever for the...
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JCDS hosts Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration

Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) invites you to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of our people’s ancient dream come true on April 20 at 10:30 a.m. 

Relive the moment of Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

Experience the power of the torch lighting ceremony honoring the individuals who helped make Israel all...
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Birthright co-founder Michael Steinhardt to make history lighting Israel Independence Day torch

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish-American investor and philanthropist Michael Steinhardt has been selected as one of two Diaspora Jews to light an official torch at the state Israel Independence Day ceremony.

Steinhardt, the co-founder and major funder of Taglit-Birthright Israel, will join Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,...
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After Boston attacks, Israeli Independence Day fetes are toned down

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Mike Rosenberg, director of community relations at Maimonides, a Jewish day school in suburban...
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In telling story of fledgling Israeli Air Force, three filmmakers going their own way


LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers took to the skies to ensure Israel’s birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away.

Among the competing producers and their...
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From Rummikub to the ‘God Particle’: A timeline of Israeli innovations


NEW YORK (JTA) — While a great deal of international and media focus has been placed on Israel’s military conflicts, the country quietly has become an energetic, ambitious incubator of entrepreneurialism and invention. What follows is a timeline chronicling some of the most important and interesting innovations...
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