Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

Israeli Flags for the Jewish Holidays of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut Section Landing Introduction

Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut - Israeli Memorial Day & Independence Day

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Y’rushalayim (Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967). In Israel, these days are observed as national holidays; around the world, they are observed in various ways by Jewish communities.

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) established the day that precedes Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a day to memorialize soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and subsequent battles, as well as a day to remember civilian victims of terrorism. The official State name given to the day is Yom HaZikaron LeHalalei Ma'arakhot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Pe'ulot HaEivah (יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה) which means "Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism" and was enacted into law in 1963. 

Yom HaAtzmaut marks the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel. It is observed on or near the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar on the Jewish calendar, which usually falls in April.

Yom HaAtzmaut Family Activities

Yom HaAtzmaut Family Activities

A pinwheel with an Israeli flag motif on it

Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) coincides with spring. Celebrate with these Israel-inspired pinwheels, a fun craft that can be adapted for all ages. Plant the finished product in your garden, use them as a centerpiece, or let your kids play with them in celebration of the State of Israel.

WHEN IS Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut ?

2020, Apr 27 - 29

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