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Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Hazikaron begins at sunset tonight; Yom Ha’Atzmaut sundown on Monday

With the ongoing Hamas war, the commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, the Israel Memorial and Martyrs Day, became even more important in Israel. Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Issac Herzog addressed their nation at the onset of the day of remembrance, noting the sacrifices made by members of the Israel Defense Force in recent months.

Locally, Yom Hazikaron will be celebrated tomorrow, Mon., May 13,  in a community memorial...

OP-ED: Nothing is ever black & white, but it looks so great in blue & white


Recently, I and thousands others from North America and across the globe, were woven into the fabric and experience of Israel. For 2023’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) didn’t take place solely in the halls of Tel Aviv’s Expo Center. It was purposefully scheduled over what is affectionally called the “Yoms” (Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut) to commemorate Israel’s Memorial Day...

Israel at 75: How Israel’s political crisis took center stage at a major American Jewish conference


KIBBUTZ MAAGAN MICHAEL, Israel (JTA) — About a dozen Jewish leaders from North America and beyond clustered at the edges of a courtyard on this kibbutz by Israel’s northern coastline, standing silent as a two-minute siren rang out in memory of the country’s fallen. 

Afterward, young Jews from around the world, some of whom will soon enter the Israeli military, read memorial passages and led the crowd...

Rabbi Leo Dee recites Yizkor prayer during Independence Day ceremony

– Rabbi Leo Dee, whose wife, Lucy, and daughters Maia and Rina were killed earlier this month in a Palestinian terrorist attack, recited the Yizkor memorial prayer at Israel’s main ceremony on Tuesday night marking the state’s 75th Independence Day.

Lucy Dee, 48, Maia, 20, and Rina, 15, were murdered in an April 7 shooting on the Route 57 highway near the Hamra Junction in the Jordan Valley.


Yom Ha’Atzmaut


Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – is celebrated this Wednesday, April 26, 2023… 5 Iyar 5783.  This year’s observance is a momentous milestone, marking 75 years of Israeli independence and national sovereignty. A Diamond Jubilee! A day lovingly to renew our personal ties to the Jewish State… to marvel at the miraculous quality of its 1948 founding.

The day preceding Yom Ha’Atzmaut is Yom...

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...

Power-Up Nation: 72


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...