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Saturday, April 10⋅8:30 – 9:30pm
The Israeli National Days are sort of like the High Holidays for Israelis - they all come together, there is A LOT to absorb, and lots of mixed emotions.
Join Rotem for an evening of remembrance, connections and celebrations as we mark the Israeli National Days.
We will gather on the ST lawn for some thoughtful, fun and exciting activities. Click HERE to register.
Yom Ha'zikaron - "Taste of Memories" (Virtual)
Tuesday, April 13th, 7:00 - 8:00pm
“Taste of Memories” is a unique initiative connecting Jewish communities to fallen soldiers and their families using their favorite dishes. We will cook, taste, and learn about a fallen soldier. In collaboration with the Social Action Committee and "Good Deeds Week", we will be donating the food to Sophia House.
Click HERE for a presentation about Yaniv Sason Z"L
You Can't Ask That! PTSD from the IDF (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 – 8:00pm
You Can't Ask That! The Israeli show that asks all the right questions.
Join Rotem to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and remember the living as well as the fallen. We will watch the episode, learn more and discuss.
Click HERE for a recording.
Israeli Hallel (Virtual)
Thursday, April 15⋅8:30 – 9:30am
Yom Ha’atzmaut is an Israeli holiday. To honor it, we will be reading Israel’s declaration of independence, singing Hallel in Israeli tunes and more! Led by Rotem with special guests from the community.
Click HERE for a recording.
Army Panel 
Thursday, April 15th, 7:30-8:00pm
Join the Shlicha from B'nai Israel, Netta Asner-Minster as she hosts Benjy, Rotem Ur from Sha'are Torah and Yasmin Drescher from Agudas Achim in a special panel showcasing our different experiences in the IDF. Each of the participants served in a different unit and will be sharing about their positions, the highlights and challenges they experienced.
Click HERE for a recording.
Middle school Sleep Under (In person)
Saturday, April 24⋅8:00 – 9:30pm
All middle schoolers are invited for an evening of fun and games - Israel style!!
So what if we can't have a sleepover - we can still have all the fun parts!
Click HERE to register.

Israeli Kite Festival (In person)
Sunday, April 18⋅3:00 – 4:00pm
Have you colored the Israeli flag on your kite yet? Or maybe went creative and drew something else? This Sunday we will gather together (weather permitting) for a fun afternoon filled with laughter and kites. Email Rotem for location. Click HERE to sign up.
Jimbo J - Masterclass: Federation's Shlichot Main Event
Thursday, April 22nd, 7:00pm
In the masterclass Jimbo J (leading Hip Hop creator in Israel) will break down the process of writing and composing behind his songs, the importance of Hebrew in his writing, and the way he describes the Israeli culture and society. He'll perform his hits live.
Click HERE for the recording of the event and HERE for the follow up podcast produced by the Shlichot.
3-5 grade Sleep Under (In person)
Saturday, April 24⋅8:00 – 9:30pm
3-5 grade are invited for an evening of fun and games - Israel style!!
So what if we can't have a sleepover - we can still have all the fun parts!
Click HERE to register.

 

Additional Resources

Resources for Yom Hazikaron & Yom Ha'atzmaut

Zikaron Packets - Remembering fallen soldiers through songs

Taste of Memories” cookbook - remembering fallen soldiers through cooking

A Face. A Day. A Memory -  remembering through animation

Adults activities, special prayers & more booklet

Families & Kids activity booklet

Israeli Cookbook

9 hour long Israeli playlist

 


 

Transitioning from Memorial to Independence 

מעבר בין יום הזיכרון לחללי מערכות ישראל 

Rav Siach is delighted to share with you the Masorti Movement's booklet "Twilight - בין השמשות."

Naomi Shemer opens her seminal song Al Kol Eleh with the words of Al Ha'Devash Ve'Al Ha'Oketz, ‘the honey and the sting.’ This notion of an Israel filled with joy and challenges, and even great burdens and difficulties, is actualized in the Israeli/Zionist calendar, with the juxtaposition of the pain and sorrow of Yom Ha'Zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and the revelry and rejoicing of Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day). The transition between them is difficult, disorienting and emotionally taxing. This is clearly the case for bereaved families. But in Israel, where every soldier is a child of our people as a whole, and where much less than six degrees of separation divides citizens, all of Israeli society feels this pain.

How hard it is to move from the sorrow and mourning of Memorial Day to the joy and happiness of Independence Day!

This booklet aims to offer a model for a remembrance and transition ceremony, which can be used in congregations outside Israel and can give you a taste of what our Masorti congregations in Israel will be doing.  This ceremony will allow those in attendance to experience and be partners with Israel in mourning the fallen before Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebrations. A festive Ma'ariv service is included as part of the ceremony.

1. To read or download click the booklet or click here

2. For a text study and discussion focusing on the dissonance of the juxtaposition of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut click here 

Larger Community Events

The Masa Yom HaZikaron Virtual Memorial Ceremony

April 13th, 1:00pm

Join us for the annual Masa Yom HaZikaron Memorial Ceremony. On April 13, at 8:00 pm Israel time (1:00 pm EDT), the eve of Yom HaZikaron, we will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. 

Click HERE to join

 

Israeli embassy Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

April 13th, 7:30pm

Israel's Official Memorial Ceremony in The United States For the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror. We invite you to join us as we commemorate Yom HaZikaron - Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers & Victims of Terror.‬

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

The Israeli Embassy's Virtual Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Anniversary 

April 14th, 8:00pm

The event will premiere live on the Embassy of Israel's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Look forward to greetings from Ambassador Erdan, special guests, musical performances, and a showcase of Israel’s achievements from across the United States.

 

Celebrate with the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America

April 15, 7:00pm

Join us for a Worldwide Celebration of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day -bid farewell to His Excellency Reuven Rivlin as he completes his term as Israel's tenth president.

With special appearances by Israeli Olympic gold medal hopefuls who are on their way to Tokyo this summer and Jewish athletes from around the world.

Celebrate Team Israel, together, no matter where you are.

Register HERE

 

You, me, and Israel at 73!

April 18th, 10:30am 

Join Jewish National Fund-USA supporters from coast to coast in a vibrant celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut featuring guest speakers- Stars of hit Netflix show "Fauda"-Tsahi Halevi & Rona-Lee Shimon.

Login information will be sent prior to the event.

 

The East Coast is Celebrating Israel!

April 18th, 7:00pm 

With Israel at heart and Israeliness in spirit, join tens of thousands of community members from coast-to-coast in celebrating Israel’s 73 years of independence. An authentic Israeli celebration that brings together everything we love about Israel in one amazing online experience.

Free tickets available on the IAC website.

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