Here is how we celebrated last
April 24 – 25, 2023
April 25 – 26, 2023
April 16 at 8:00 PM
Why Does Everybody Love Israeli TV?
CRS celebrates 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.
The Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Day Ceremony: Sharing Sorrow, Bringing Hope
April 13 | 1:30 PM Eastern
Join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in what is being called the biggest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. We will gather to call for peace, freedom, and human rights for all. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that Congregation Rodeph Sholom is an official sponsor this year.
Virtual Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s Memorial Day Concert + Conversation
April 13 | 8:00 PM Eastern
From the Marlene Meyerson JCC:
Join MusicTalks for a concert combining classic Yom Hazikaron songs along with contemporary pieces written by fallen soldiers. The songs will be accompanied by the stories behind the songs. After the concert, join our intimate and communal conversation sharing the life stories of fallen soldiers.
UWS Community Yom HaZikaron Tekes
April 13 | 8:30 PM Eastern
For Upper West Side congregations:
As we enter into Yom HaZikaron, join us as we commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
We will hear from community leaders across New York City and Israel as we remember and honor those we have lost.
Religious Diversity in Israel
April 15 | 9:15 AM Eastern
We are so excited to partner with The American Jewish Committee (AJC) New York and the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan on a virtual Yom Ha’atzmaut program on Thursday, April 15th at 9:15 am. The program will be a dialogue on Religious Diversity in Israel featuring Rabbi David Rosen, AJC Director International Interreligious Affairs, and Christopher White, national correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.
Registration information to come.
Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and AJC Project Interchange
April 15 | 9:30 AM Eastern
Israel’s Independence Day
Celebrating 73 Years of Religious Diversity in Israel
Reform Movement-Wide Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration
April 15 | 1:00 PM Eastern
Celebrate Israel’s 73rd Independence Day with Arzenu, ARZA US, and IMPJ, who will bring you a program packed with music, discussion, Torah, thought and fun!
About the Holiday
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.
Happy Independence Day from the students at Leo Baeck High School