Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, is immediately followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day. Within 24 hours the nation goes from a state of mourning to one of celebration, in acknowledgement of the fact that the Jewish people owe the independence of Israel to the almost 24,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.
Every year, in communities across the globe, millions of Jews gather to honour those lost in defense of Israel and to celebrate the thriving Jewish homeland. This year, sadly, these events aren't possible as we practice social distancing. But we have learnt in the past few weeks that social distancing cannot keep our community apart! We came together on Yom HaShoah and we will come together next week!
Jewish organizations around the world have made sure that we can all take part in Yom Hazikaron ceremonies and Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations from the comfort of our home. Below are details about the online events for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut between April 27-29.
We hope you will take part in some or even all of these events.
Michael Frankel, Chair & Nikki Holland, President & CEO
Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA
Masa Israel Journey Yom HaZikaron Memorial Ceremony
Monday, April 27 at 12:50PM – 2:00PM ET
On April 27th, at 7:50 pm Israel time, the eve of Yom HaZikaron, we will commemorate IDF soldiers and victims of terror at the largest virtual English ceremony for the Jewish world. For Israelis, this day is one of the most important of the year as we recognize those who sacrificed their lives for our great country.
MasaAtzmaut 72
Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00PM ET
Wednesday, April 29 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM ET
This year is going to be one for the books! Join Masa in wishing Israel a Happy 72nd Independence Day by celebrating at an online party focusing on celebrating Israel’s 72 years of incredibly talented Israeli music, a sit-down with Shahar Zuberi, Israeli Olympic Medalist, and The Etgar Challenge, the world’s biggest live online Israel quiz!
Bring Israel into your home on Yom Ha'atzmaut!
Wednesday, April 29th at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET
To mark Israel’s independence, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is excited to deliver a livestream of fantastic programming from morning until night. This special day has an amazing lineup of both Canadians and Israelis presenting programs for children, families, fitness gurus, dancers, and artists – there really is something for everyone!

Highlights of the day include:
  • Learning Krav Maga with Niv Goffman
  • Global Dance Party with Matisyahu
  • Cooking Israeli Style featuring several Israeli chefs
  • Singing Along with David Broza
  • Children’s Performances by Freckles World
JAFI's Global Celebration of Israel's Independence Day
Wednesday, April 29 at 11:30AM - 5:00PM ET
The Jewish Agency is hosting an all day celebration that includes:
  • Cooking with Israeli Celebrity Chef Haim Cohen
  • Culture, Fashion and Technology with Vibe Israel
  • A Celebration of Jews in Sports
  • JFNA's Worldwide Celebration of Israel's Independence Day
  • Special Performance by Matisyahu from his home studio
  • A Global Dance Party with גלגלצ, Israel's Leading Radio Station
JFNA Worldwide Celebration of Israel's Independence Day
Wednesday, April 29 at 2:00PM – 3:00PM ET
Join a worldwide celebration of Israel's Independence Day! We invite you to be a part of an extraordinary, worldwide celebration of Israel’s 72nd birthday. Join celebrity guests and people from across the world on this star-studded, one hour Facebook Live event. Click here to register
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