Yom Ha’atzmaut

Tuesday, May 14
5:00 – 9:00 PM

On the fifth of Iyar, 5708, corresponding to May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed, later formalized by the United Nations. This day is celebrated as Israel Independence Day, “Yom Ha’Azmaut” in Hebrew. It marks a significant moment in history, providing a homeland for the Jewish people after enduring centuries of adversity.

In Israel, this day is commemorated with parades and festivities, symbolizing the resilience and determination of the Jewish community. For Jews worldwide, Israeli independence holds both political and religious significance, as it reconnects them to their ancestral land, celebrated in prayers and cultural traditions.

Additionally, Yom Ha’Atzmaut features events like the Torah championship for teens and the prestigious Israel Prize ceremony, honoring exceptional individuals. The evening’s highlight is a ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, featuring speeches and a parade, culminating in the symbolic lighting of 12 torches representing the unity of Israel.

At the Weinstein Jewish Community Center, we will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with two events on the evening of Tuesday, May 14.

5:00 to 7:00 PM Israeli BBQ – Chicken Shawarma, Falafel, & Hot Dogs for Purchase

7:15 to 8:30 PM Hosting panel on the changing views of Israel post October 7 and providing insight into how to speak to younger generations about the State of Israel

The Weinstein JCC is hosting this event in partnership with the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, and the Israel Defense Force. 

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