Yom HaAtzmaut

May 9, 2019

  • Join in our commemoration of Israel's 70th birthday at the Kab Shab Project and Potluck on April 20.
  • The thene of the new Spring issue of To Learn and To Teach is Israel at 70.  There are pieces by old friends and new, each of which explores a different facet of our collective relationship with Israel.  Help yourself to a copy in the Atrium or read it online here.

Yom HaAtzmaut (יום העצמאות‎) commemorates the declaration of independence of Israel in 1948.  An official ceremony is held annually on the eve of Yom Ha'atzmaut at Mount Herzl.  The ceremony includes speeches by senior Israeli officials, an artistic presentation, a ritual march of flag-carrying soldiers forming elaborate structures (such as a Menorah, a Magen David, and the number which represents the age of the State of Israel), and the lighting of twelve beacons (one for each of the Tribes of Israel).  Dozens of Israeli citizens, who contributed significantly to the state, are selected to light these beacons.

Although Yom HaAtzma'ut is normally observed on the 5th of Iyyar, it may be moved earlier or postponed if observance of the holiday (or Yom HaZikaron, which always precedes it) would conflict with Shabbat.