Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut in Jerusalem

Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha’atzmaut in Jerusalem

This coming Sunday, April 30th will be Israel’s Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism; also known in Hebrew as Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day. This year’s docket of Memorial Day events will be hosted by various venues throughout Jerusalem.

Starting with Beit Avi Chai, there will be a special screening of films from the Face Project, as well as music, and personal stories from fellow Israelis. The event is free to the public through online registration.

At the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, the Student Union at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be collaborating in a ceremony to commemorate the fallen soldiers and terror victims of Israel. Among the soldiers that will attend the ceremony, friends and family of Ziv Mizrachi, a eighteen year old soldier who was killed in 2015, will gather to read poetry in his honor.

And at the Kotel, the Western Wall, the non-profit organization The Jewish Heritage Foundation will partner with the Association of Fallen Soldiers and Security Forces of the IDF, for a special ceremony to honor the soldiers that fought and died for the safety of Israel since the War of Independence in 1948.

Link to events:

Beit Avi Chai - https://www.facebook.com/events/759722887527470/

Begin Center - https://www.facebook.com/events/408972459474043/

Heritage Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804700703135701/

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, follows right after Memorial Day on May 1st. Israel’s Independence Day is a joyous holiday, with barbecues and Israeli flags take over the local parks. This year’s Independence Day marks sixty nine years since Israel’s declaration of the establishment of the state of Israel.

The Tower of David will be hosting a special event for Independence day on the topic of “The Future”. Along with the Secular Yeshiva of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Municipality, the Tower of David will taking a look at the future of the new generation with the top influential leaders in technology, society, culture, entrepreneurship, culinary, and literature. After the speakers, the Tower of David will transform into a stage for slam poetry and live music by Yemen Blues and DJ Yoav Saban for a whole night of celebration.

A traditional gathering in Jerusalem’s Teddy Park will bring together secular, and religious Jews of all backgrounds to share in a night of song and prayer. The event will include Israel’s classic memorial songs, a talk about independence by Yehuda Meshi Zahav, chairman of Zaka, festive prayer, and a performance by puppeteer Arik Sinai.

In honor of the joyous occasion, the Jerusalem Municipality will also be putting on a free live concert in “Cat’s Square”, followed by fireworks above Independence Park later on in the evening.

Lively events throughout the day will include a party at the First Station with live DJs and drinks, a student party hosted by the Student Union of Hebrew University in Mamilla Mall, and street parties all around the city with live music, DJ’s, and dancing.

LInks to events:

Tower of David: https://www.tod.org.il/en/patishim-2017/

Teddy Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/780512048785349/

Various event: https://www.facebook.com/events/647387482123509/