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Yom HaZikaron is Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and others who have died in service to the State. Yom HaAtzma'ut is Israel's Independence Day. The two are observed together, with Yom HaAtzma'ut following directly on the close of Yom HaZikaron.

This year, Yom HaZikaron falls on Tuesday night the 13th of April and Wednesday the 14th. Yom HaAtzma'ut is on Wednesday night the 14th and Thursday the 15th.

Please join us via Zoom during the week of Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzma'ut for two events:


On Sunday April 11th at 7.30pm, Shai Grosskopf, an educator and Israeli native, will speak about how Israeli cinema has depicted the changing Israeli ethos and social values, with particular focus on the portrayal of the soldier. We will look at film clips from the 1950s onward, seeing how the idealized depiction of the Sabra soldier and hero became the more complex, nuanced and personal portrayals of later years, and learning how these reflect shifting perceptions within Israeli society about the realities and harshness of the army environment and war.

On Wednesday April 14th, also at 7.30pm, we will hold a Tekes Ma'avar (transition service) from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzma'ut. We will come together to mark this moment of memorial and celebration in an evening that will include song, remembrance and listening to the experiences of Noam bogrim who have served in the IDF.

Our Zoom link is 

Changes in the Image of the Israeli Soldier through the Lens of Cinema

Tekes Ma'avar and Yom HaAtzma'ut celebration

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