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April 2013

Jewish LearningWorks' Israel Education Initiative is proud to provide you with creative resource materials and innovative ideas to enhance Israel Education in your programs all year round.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar:
Yom Ha'Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Yom Ha'Zikaron (Memorial Day)
Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Independence Day) 
and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

These modern-era "Yoms", observed as national holidays in Israel, present a combination of remembrance and celebration resonating with Jewish Holidays' observance dating back to biblical times. 

In this issue, we invite you to explore resources for Yom Ha'Zikaron and Yom Ha'Atzmaut. We hope that you find the material presented here useful and relevant to your work and encourage you to share your comments, thoughts and ideas with us and with the rest of our Bay Area community. 

Commemorate, celebrate, and enjoy!

Yom Ha'Zikaron - Remembrance
Observed this year on April 15

Yizkor stickers to wear on the lapel during Yom Ha'Zikaron
Poems and Songs
One of the most effective and touching ways to engage young people with the significance of this day is through poetry and music.


The Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation has shared with us translated songs and poems for Yom Ha'Zikarom. Many include YouTube links for listening and viewing:  

Compilation of songs and poems for Yom Ha'Zikaron 


We Have No Unknown Soldiers 

Time by Raya Harnik 

Spring is so Brief 

Sea of Compassion 

Room for Concern 

Our Way 

I Have No Other Country 


"A Man Accumulates Memories"

Poem by Yonah Volach sung by Avraham Tal   

See Video

Lesson Plan with lyrics in Hebrew and English   



From MAKOM of JAFI, for High School and adults

The Price - Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron - Degrees of Separation


Other Resources 

A post on the significance of RED FLOWERS on this day: 

Red Flowers to Remember you By - Resources for Yom Ha'Zikaron   

Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Celebration 
Celebrated this year on April 16

Last year's Independence Day Poster
Designed by Shlomit Ben Tzur
Water - The Source of Life
Israel Independence Day Posters
Every year since the first anniversary of Israel's independence in 1949 a poster is distributed to government offices, schools and to the general public throughout Israel.

While we wait for the 65th anniversary poster to be published, we bring you last year's poster dedicated to "Water - The Source of Life" highlighting Israel's water revolution. The postal office issued a new stamp on Yom Ha'Atzmaut Day and published a page of explanation on the design process and theme reasoning.

Poster Tales - Krazot Mesaprot
One of our most in-demand programs, Poster Tales: Israel's Independence Day Posters is available as an exhibit and an educational kit.
The backdrop for this curricular and creative program is the historical posters designed for Israel's Independence Day throughout the years. These posters offer a rare perspective into Israel's national mood and aspirations as well as an historic, design, and esthetic timeline. We encourage you to check it out.

For more info and booking: 

The U.N. Vote on November 29, 1947 - The Untold Story

Thanksgiving weekend 1947 was a turning point in Modern Jewish history:

...We sat in the car, Sharett, my husband and myself, from Lake Success back to Manhattan and nobody said a word... It was overpowering...
-Suzy Eban

Enjoy a rare opportunity to be touched by history through the stories of those who were there.


Yom Ha'Zikaron  

Yom Ha'Zikaron, Israel Memorial Day, Peninsula  
Join the Israeli and Jewish communities of the Peninsula for this yearly ceremony  for the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism on the eve of Memorial Day. The ceremony is not intended for children under six years old. 
Sunday, April 14, 8:00 pm 
Foothill College Theater - Los Altos Hills    
Yom Ha'Zikaron, Israel Memorial Day, SF 
The JCF's Israel Center invites you to a Yom Ha'Zikaron commemoration in honor of Israel Memorial Day 2013.  
Monday, April 15, 9:00 am 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund - San Francisco

Join Berkeley Hillel to remember those who have fallen to protect the State of Israel. 
Sunday, April 14, 7:00 pm 
Berkeley Hillel

Tekes Yom Ha'Zikaron in Hebrew - Palo Alto 
Sunday, April 14
For more info contact

Yom Ha'Atzmaut
Blue and White Monday, SF
Monday, April 22, 6:00 pm
Drake - San Francisco
"Jerusalem is Proud to Present", SF  
A documentary screening and discussion with special guest Zachary Cohen of the Jerusalem Open House.
Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 pm
SF LGBT Community Center - San Francisco

A Byte of Israel, Palo Alto
Tuesday, April 16, 4:00 pm
Oshman Family JCC - Palo Alto

Live Music: Israel Independence Day Party, SF
Featuring two great concerts with: The Peatot and Sol Tevel!
Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 pm
Brick & Mortar Music Hall- San Francisco

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Seder at Congregation Emanu-El, SF 
Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm
Congregation Emanu-El - San Francisco
What's Up Israel, East Bay
A playback theater performance for Israel's independence day, honoring 65 years of statehood.
Monday, April 15, 7:30 pm
JCC East Bay - Berkeley
Israel in Marin, Marin
Sunday, April 14, 9:30 am
Osher Marin JCC

Contact Jewish LearningWorks' 
Israel Education Initiative Team:
Ilan Vitemberg, Director
Vavi Toran, Arts & Culture Specialist