Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut


This week we are marking Yom HaZikaron and celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut. In Israel and in Jewish communities across the globe, these are two days where we traditionally come together. On Yom Hazikaron, to mourn and remember Israel’s, and on Yom Haaztmaut, to celebrate the establishment of the state of Israel, and all that it means to us as Jews.

Yom HaZikaron is a particularly difficult day for Israelis, as so many have experienced personal loss over the years, through conflict and war – from fallen soldiers to victims of terror attacks.

In Glasgow, we hold an annual event to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, and we will continue with the tradition this year – albeit virtually. This event is taking place on Sunday May 3rd from 11am – for details please see facebook group or email [email protected] event will include storytelling of a PJ Library Yom Ha’Atzmaut book, a cupcake decorating competition, a Kahoot quiz, a song clip from the community, and “live” music – we look forward to joining!

The Glasgow Yom Ha’atzmaut Committee is creating a video to celebrate Israel’s 72nd Independence Day. To be part of this video, a collage of lyrics from Halleluya – the Eurovision winner in 1979, assign yourself a line from the song (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qMqTXHL-CZdygg8xhnbhOIHt3PhVDULB-dgw9GNdtFo/edit?usp=sharing). Write these lyrics in Hebrew on a piece of paper and take a photo of you and your family with them. Please do this by no later than the 28th April and send to [email protected] Anyone can take part – any questions, contact Hodaya Lemberger on 07817250732.

There are also many national events and resources online, such as a Yom Ha’atzmaut Virtual Business Breakfast taking place on the 29th April at 9.15am and a ‘Home Atzmaut’ Digital Pack from the Zionist Federation.

More details on these can be found on:


Israel means different things to us all, but the Jewish community has an undeniable connection to Israel – be it through our faith, history, family or culture. We look forward to joining the virtual event, and celebrating Yom Haatzmaut with friends and families, as a community.

Be well and stay safe,

Kind regards,
Paul Edlin


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