Celebrate Israel's 64th anniversary!
As the air of spring moves ever forward toward summer, we move from one holiday tradition to another. Purim has come and gone; Passover has as well. Now it is time for the entire community to gather together as we observe Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) as one.
The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Mayerson JCC on Thursday evening, April 26 with an outdoor service in the courtyard of the JCC remembering those lost in Israel’s wars and the victims of terror. There will be a flag lowering, wreath laying, poems and songs by the Cincinnati Hebrew Day School boys’ choir and more.
This year, there will also be a ceremony to mark the transition between the memorial and independence days that will display Cincinnati’s many ties to Israel including a flag and drum parade with Kulanu and Mercaz students, the Rockwern Academy girls’ and boys’ choirs and a torch-lighting ceremony. Immediately following is the celebration of Israeli Independence Day inside the JCC, which will offer a free performance by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Choir, a "Taste of Kosher Cincinnati" food court, free carnival games, inflatables, a tween Ga-Ga tournament, shuk, and more. Activities are free and open to all
Additionally, this year, Cincinnati has the unique privilege of offering a screening of the film Israel Inside, which tells the story of Israeli society, sidestepping the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence. Directed by Wayne Kopping, “this film highlights the spirit of the people of Israel, which has brought this tiny country to the forefront of world innovation and progress.” This film has not yet been widely released; Thursday will be the only time the film is screened.
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