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Yom Ha’atzmaut

President Rivlin hosts his final Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony

(JERUSALEM) – President Reuven Rivlin hosted the “All Israel from Jerusalem” event today, April 15, in the gardens of Beit HaNasi for the seventh and last time of his term of office. The service honored 120 outstanding soldiers for their service and was also presided over by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi to celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday.

The event opened with a traditional jet...

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Shira Haas, Ben Platt and Josh Malina send birthday wishes to Israel in Independence Day virtual ceremony

(JTA) — Actors Shira Haas, Ben Platt and Josh Malina were among the stars who joined a virtual ceremony on Wednesday celebrating Israel’s 72nd Independence Day.

The hourlong ceremony, organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and broadcast on YouTube and Facebook, also featured a musical performance by Matisyahu and an appearance by prominent sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also spoke to viewers. The program...

Jewish Agency to broadcast 6-hour Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration

(JERUSALEM) – Despite the social distancing practices put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, The Jewish Agency for Israel and its partners have organized a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration to remember to be broadcast April 29 on The Jewish Agency’s English Facebook page.

The Jewish Agency’s six-hour virtual celebration to honor Israel’s 72nd birthday, is expected to be the world’s largest Yom Ha’atzmaut event.

The star-studded, content-rich...

OP-ED: Opinion: We can’t take the bond between American and Israeli Jews for granted


I wish to extend my warmest greetings upon the arrival of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut. While our world faces challenging days, one thing remains certain: The bond between American Jews and Israeli Jews cannot be taken for granted. Strengthened by our unity, the Jewish people have been blessed with historical and modern-day miracles. After 3,000 years of survival despite unrelenting persecution, our people’s return to...

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

( — 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 Jewish state, featured more than 1,500 participants, including 150 musicians, 400 choir singers, 350 dangers and hundreds of flag-bearers. Some...

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 that she is today. Students, with community members, will light torches representing the 12 Tribes of the people of Israel.


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, who delivered a prayer at the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January, as the first non-Israelis to light a...

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 Brookline, said an event Tuesday commemorating Israel’s 65th anniversary had been toned down out of respect for the victims of...

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 financial backers are such famous names as Spielberg and Lansky. And though their budgets fall well short of Hollywood blockbuster...