From Sadness to Celebration: Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

On Yom HaZikaron, we remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. This national day of mourning is followed the next day by Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day. Here we celebrate the joy of having a Jewish State. This two-day experience is unique in its transition from low to high and from mourning to rejoicing.

Each year, on Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, a siren sounds twice throughout the country, and the entire nation observes a two-minute “standstill” to honor those who have given their lives to protect the State of Israel. For 24 hours (from sunset to sunset), all places of public entertainment (theaters, nightclubs, bars, etc.) are closed.

The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of public buildings and schools long before Yom Hazikaron. Although the customary programs have either been cancelled or moved virtually, the soldiers will still be honored for their service..

Yom Hazikaron is a day to mourn, followed by Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, a day to celebrate. Typically, the holiday kicks off with the raising of the flag at Mount Herzl, and is celebrated with parades, family gatherings, public shows and dancing. Jews throughout the world host parties, events and other celebrations.

Although most of these activities have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy and commemorate Yom Ha’atzmaut while still practicing social distancing.

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) will host its’ worldwide celebration of Israel’s 72nd birthday. Celebrities and special guest appearances include Matisyahu, Ben Platt and Josh Malina. Join us for our own watch party as we celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. We will be watching on our Facebook Page – so all you have to do is make sure you like and follow us – you will be notified on Facebook when we go live. The watch party is on Wednesday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m.

The Associated, our family of agencies and the greater Baltimore Jewish community look forward to commemorating both Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut in Baltimore and with Jews around the world.

Check out what is happening and how to make these days memorable:


Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony

Masa Israel Journey
April 27 | 12:50 p.m.

On the eve of Yom Hazikaron, we commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual ceremony for the Jewish world. Despite the current global crisis, Masa  continues our tradition of coming together to commemorate this important day. Wherever you are in the world, join us and the Masa community for this meaningful event, which will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. You can share this with family and friends by “Inviting” them to the Facebook event using the Invite button on the top right of the page. Click here for more information.


Annual Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony

Baltimore Zionist District (BZD)
April 27 | 7:45 p.m.

Please join the Baltimore Zionist District for our annual community-wide Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers & The Victims of Terror. Virtual door will open promptly at 7:45 P.M. and ceremony will begin at 8:00 P.M and will conclude at 8:30 P.M. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.


Yom Hazikaron Memorial

Friends of the IDF (FIDF)
April 28 | 2:00 p.m.

Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze l’Ze – All of Israel is responsible for one another. Join us as we honor the IDF soldiers and victims of terror who gave their lives in defense of the State of Israel. Click here to learn more.



Israel Story
April 29 | 10:00 a.m.

This is a virtual “happening” in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut., —throughout the day, we host interesting Israelis (or people connected to Israel) for short video conversations and experiences over Zoom. Every hour, starting at 10:00 a.m., we explore different sides of Israel and Israeli culture. Sessions include world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and cookbook author and food anthropologist Joan Nathan. Learn more and register here.


A Global Celebration on Israel’s Independence Day

Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
April 29 | 2:00 p.m.

We invite you to be a part of an extraordinary, worldwide celebration of Israel’s 72nd birthday. Enjoy performances by Matisyahu, The Brothers Platt – Ben, Henry and Jonah as well as appearances by actor Joshua Malina and the son of former Israeli President Chaim Hertzog, z”l, Isaac ‘Bougie’ Herzog. Join The Associated for our watch party on our Facebook Page.

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