Yom Ha’zikaron | Yom Ha’atzmaut

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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

Life in Three Jerusalems: East, West, and Haredi

Wednesday, May 15 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room  

What does Jerusalem look like through the eyes of an Arab woman who lives in Silwan, the eyes of a Haredi man who lives in Mea Shearim, or the eyes of a couple who lives in Rehavia? Where do these visions intersect? Where do they pass by each other unknowingly? Where do they collide? How do we bring them closer together? As Jerusalem Day draws near, join Michal Sherez Shilor, the founder of 0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem, as she brings different narratives of Jerusalem residents, and the way they affect life in the city, to light. We will take a deeper look at the complexities and intricacies of the multicultural, and seemingly torn, city that has become a capital of diversity, activism, and hope.

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