Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) & Yom HaAtzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) are two holidays that have been added to the Jewish calendar since the establishment of the State of Israel.
In Israel these days are observed as national holidays. Yom HaAtzmaut marks the anniversary of the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on or near the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April.The Israeli Knesset established the day before Yom HaAtzmaut as Yom HaZikaron, a Memorial Day for soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the War of Independence and in other subsequent battles.
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Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut at Congregation Emeth
At Congregation Emeth, Rabbi Israel will present a Shabbat sermon on a related topic. We also publicize and participate in community-wide programming provided by the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley. If the opportunity arises, we will also provide special programming, such as a recent Q&A with an Emeth family member who has made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) and is currently serving in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).