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Independence: Fulfillment of the Dream

Independence: Fulfillment of the Dream

On May 14th, the 5th of the Hebrew Month of Iyyar, 1948, David Ben Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence. The birth of the Jewish State, after thousands of years, was nothing less than a miracle.

Hatikvah - הַתִּקְוָה

Hatikvah - הַתִּקְוָה

When the State of Israel was established in 1948, Hatikvah was unofficially proclaimed the national anthem. As titled, "The Hope", this anthem speaks of the establishment of a sovereign and free nation in our homeland, the Land of Israel.

The Price of the Independence BBQ

The Price of the Independence BBQ

People cherish more what they pay for. And that makes the party, the love, the pride, that much stronger.

From Grief to Joy in 48 Hours

From Grief to Joy in 48 Hours

Yom HaZikaron fills our Yom HaAtzmaut with meaning – it compels us to push ahead, to continue to build, and to never take our lives, our families, or our friends for granted.

Raise Your Blue and White Flag

Raise Your Blue and White Flag

Another day, another blow. The land is screaming "enough lies!" You will see the day will come. The dawn will break, The spark of light. We will still be waving our blue and white flag. Come sing along while waving your flag proudly wherever you may be in the world!

Space to Remember: Commemorating the Holocaust with Olim in Israel

Space to Remember: Commemorating the Holocaust with Olim in Israel

Together, we recalled the hope that persevered in spite of immense suffering, we learned of the rebuilding of life in Israel, and as witnesses to witness, we expressed our collective desire to comprehend how survivors have coped with the painful memories so that we too, might learn lessons that we can relate to in the future.

Bergen Belsen Hatikvah

Bergen Belsen Hatikvah

Listen to the Hatikva being sung by survivors at Bergen Belsen in 1945, on the 5th day of liberation at a Shabbat Service.

Memory Of Our Fallen: A Nation Unites

Memory Of Our Fallen: A Nation Unites

Every year, as Yom HaZikaron arrives, native Israelis and those who moved here from the four corners of the world, unite in memory of the fallen soldiers of Israel.

Identifying A Nation Through Its Memorial Day

Identifying A Nation Through Its Memorial Day

Each nation honors those who gave their lives depending on how it views itself. Whether with a pride of the present, a shame of the past, or a feeling of inevitability; Memorial/Veterans Day gives us a glimpse at a nation’s soul.

Yom HaZikaron: Israeli Families Discuss What It Means to Lose A Soldier

Yom HaZikaron: Israeli Families Discuss What It Means to Lose A Soldier

Yom HaZikaron is about remembering a larger family, about saying to each bereaved family that their child, the apple of their eye, is remembered. Their loss is our loss.

Independence Day Versus Fourth of July: A Jewish American's Loyalty Dilemma

Independence Day Versus Fourth of July: A Jewish American's Loyalty Dilemma

Haaretz

Celebrating both Israel’s and the United States’ independence is the truest expression of my identity.

Passover, Israeli Independence Day and Shavuot - The Deeper Connection

Passover, Israeli Independence Day and Shavuot - The Deeper Connection

We were never meant to be nor will we be allowed to be like everyone else - it is simply not our destiny. Our role in history is just too critical to allow us to simply sit back and relax.

The Fight for a Legacy: Jewish Resistance in Warsaw

The Fight for a Legacy: Jewish Resistance in Warsaw

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the first attempt to resist the Nazi onslaught and their attempt to annihilate the Jewish people. The details of its history are a legacy to be remembered as we RAISE OUR FLAG in memory.

Raise Your Flag

Raise Your Flag

Wherever you are in the world, join us in waving the Israeli Flag with pride to commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising!

The Case for Israel in the Life of American Jewry

The Case for Israel in the Life of American Jewry

Those of us who live in the diaspora have an obligation to defend Israel in whatever way we can. It is the 'tax' for not living there, so to speak. For every Jew who take her or his tradition seriously, Israel remains close to our hearts, and whatever our political leanings, we owe it our fidelity and frequent presence and our love.

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