Yom Ha’zikaron | Yom Ha’atzmaut

Israeli Flag

Yom Ha’zikaron (Memorial Day), which is observed on the 4th of Iyar, and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), observed on the 5th of Iyar, is a time of extraordinary importance at BJ. As in Israel, our celebration of the birth of the State of Israel begins with time spent in contemplation of all of the lives lost in conflict since the founding of the state. In their honor, prior to the start of Yom Ha’atzmaut, we devote a moment of silence, and light a memorial candle.

Yom Ha’atzmaut is reserved as a day when we as a community celebrate the miracle that is the State of Israel. We affirm the central Jewish value of love of Israel, and take this time to recommit ourselves to supporting all of our sisters and brothers in Israel on their quest to forge a modern state that lives up to the grand aspirations of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. BJ offices are closed, hallel is added to the morning shacharit service, and our community comes together for celebratory and educational programs, song and dance.

Celebrating Yom Ha’zikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Dialogue and Transformation - Photography Exhibit of Israeli Settler and Palestinian Women

Monday, April 16 through Sunday, June 10 | During Community House opening hours | BJ Community House 

Over the past two summers, photographer Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative now in its fourth year led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. Keeley conducted photo workshops exclusively for women who would otherwise have no contact with each other. Developing photographic skills was an important aspect of the program and just as essential was the opportunity for women “from the other side” to interact in a safe setting–many for the very first time in their lives.

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Annual Celebrate Israel Parade

Sunday, June 3 | 12:15PM | 52nd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues

Join the BJ rabbis and fellow members of the BJ community as we show our support of Israel on its 70th anniversary. Get out your Israeli flag as we walk/sing/rollerblade/push strollers down 5th Avenue. We will be marching as part of a Upper West Side coalition of synagogues. An official parade t-shirt will be provided at the meeting point.

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