Celebrating Israel

Tags: Holidays, History, Yom HaZikaron, Yom Haatzmaut


The very existence of Israel is a miracle worth celebrating today and every day.

The holidays of Israel provide a framework that remind us why we celebrate- the experiences our people have endured and the obstacles we have overcome as a Nation. Our breathtaking legacy has built up over centuries. Collectively, we are charged with passing on our history to the next generations.

The holidays of the Nation of Israel are multilayered. We have Holy Days that are celebratory, like Rosh Hashana and Sukkot, we have Holy Days that are somber like Yom Kippur. We have holidays that mark historical events like Purim and Chanukah. All of these special occasions tie between Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael in one way or another, giving us different ways to connect to each other and to our ancestral homeland.

The modern days of note that have been added to our calendar of events are no different. Purim celebrates escape from an ancient attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah) is a commemoration of a modern attempt at genocide. Chanukah and Lag B’Omer are days that recognize Jewish soldiers who fought oppressors in the Land of Israel. Memorial Day for IDF Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism (Yom Hazikaron) is a day of recognition for those who died fighting for the modern State of Israel and her people, those who defended the Land and those who were murdered simply for being Jews, living in their ancestral homeland.

Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) is a day for Jews everywhere to celebrate because this day signifies the revival of our People, in the Land that has always been ours. Israel’s Independence Day is the Victory Day for Jews everywhere – past, present and future.

The holidays of Israel are all part of the same tapestry.

We have put together a wide variety of material, interesting readings, activities and ways to get involved and make a difference in hopes that each and every one of you will find the methods that help you connect and enjoy our unique story and legacy.

Tags: Holidays, History, Yom HaZikaron, Yom Haatzmaut