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Yom HaAtzmaut

Paved road leading to sunshine/light

After 70 years, the path to peace in Israel is as troubled as ever. Yet, peace may not be as elusive as we might think. Sometimes it comes from the most unlikely places.

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz
Israeli flag on a pole in the foreground; people watching the sun set in the background

Israel Independence Day celebrates the oneness of the Jewish people in all its colorful diversity. What if we carried that spirit with us every day?

Maya Glasser
Young boy holding Israeli flag

Here are five activities to help young children connect with Israel -- on Yom HaAtzmaut and all year long.

Jane E. Herman
Watermelon halves on display in Israeli market

“Those who sow in tears, shall reap in joy.” Whoever wrote these words knew the depth of our collective mourning is matched only by the height of our collective joy.

Cantor Evan Kent
Right hand index finger making concentric circles in a light-filled pond

Thriving Reform Jewish congregations in Israel can help Israelis meet modern life and all its challenges in today's Promised Land.

Rabbi Galit Cohen-Kedem
Jerusalem stone columns, each topped by a waving Israeli flag

Even before I made aliyah, I celebrated Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) with my community, members of a small Reform congregation in Kerch, Crimea.

Binyamin Minich
Young girl waving large Israeli flad on a pole

Reform Judaism has a window of opportunity among Israelis who now see how progressive forms of Judaism can shape the future of the State of Israel.

Rabbi Gilad Kariv
Hand giving a peace sign and painted to match the Israeli flag which is waving in the background

In Israel's 70th year, few, especially in the progressive camp, are expecting a jubilee-type liberation – but we must redouble our efforts to promote a just Israel.

Rabbi Noa Sattath
Two uniformed Israeli soldiers praying at the Western Wall

As the sorrow and mourning of Yom HaZikaron give way to Yom HaAtzmaut’s jubilation and pride, we understand that we cannot have one without the other.

Shelby Friedman

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) is an opportunity for us to turn to the Israel Religious Action Center's staff - people who work on mending Israel's ailments every day - and ask them: What do they love most about Israel? Here is what some of them had to say.

Anat Hoffman


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