Yom Hazikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut 5781/2021


Ron Leshem, celebrated Israeli novelist, journalist, and screenwriter, in conversation with CRS Congregant Dr. Tamar Avnet, Chair of Yeshiva University’s Department of Marketing.

US television series based on Israeli scripts have captured the attention of American audiences. CRS will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) with a behind-the-scenes look at how Israel is exporting TV shows to Hollywood, the ingenuity in Israeli culture, and what is required for a TV show to succeed in the US. What is Israel creating that is meeting the needs and interests of so many Americans?  Why is this happening now?  What can we expect going forward? 

Since we can’t meet for dinner in the Eisner Auditorium, we are offering you the opportunity to bring delicious food to your home.  Celebrate Israel with Hummus Place or 2nd Avenue Deli and round out your meal with wine from Israeli Wine Direct. 

About the Holidays

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Y’rushalayim (Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967). In Israel, these days are observed as national holidays; around the world, they are observed in various ways by Jewish communities. 

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) established the day that precedes Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a day to memorialize soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and subsequent battles, as well as a day to remember civilian victims of terrorism. The official State name given to the day is Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma’arakhot Yisrael ul’Nifge’ei Pe’ulot HaEivah (יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה) which means “Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism” and was enacted into law in 1963.  

Yom HaAtzmaut marks the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel. It is observed on or near the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar on the Jewish calendar, which usually falls in April.  

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: The Knesset Building. The Knesset is the legislative branch of the Israeli government.

Happy Independence Day from the students at Leo Baeck High School