Israeli Independence Day: Yom Ha'Atzmaut

On the fifth day of the month of Iyar, Israeli Independence Day celebrates the founding of the State of Israel. Originally corresponding to the date May 14, 1948, Yom Ha'Atzmaut commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv. Many rituals and prayers have been added to traditional liturgy to mark this historic occasion, including the Prayer for the State of Israel and the Prayer for Peace. As Israel's sovereignty did not come without a cost, Yom Ha'Atzmaut is celebrated the day after Yom Ha'Zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day), which honors those who lost their lives for the establishment of the Jewish state. Today, as tension and unrest continue to define the state of affairs between Israelis and Palestinians, we turn to ritual, prayer, and poetry as a container for our hopes and dreams for peace and safety.

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As we watch with despair the news from Israel/Palestine, we invite you to join us for an event that will offer some hope. Join us on Thursday May 20th for a talk with Rabbi Haviva Ner-David about her debut novel, Hope Valley, which offers hope for a real and lasting peace in the region, through human connection. Author Amy Gottlieb will interview Haviva about the book. It promises to be an eye-opening and uplifting discussion. Register here.

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