Local Events for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

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Tuesday 7

Yom Hazikaron with BZD

Participate in the Baltimore Zionist District’s (BZD) annual Yom Hazikaron program to honor Israel’s fallen soldiers and the victims of acts of terror. Cosponsored by Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Beth El Congregation & Schools, Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and the Center for Jewish Education. The ceremony begins at 6:30 pm and occurs in two parts. In the first part, there is an introduction, moment of silence and sound of the siren followed by a song by a community member, the Yizkor, a recitation of el maleh rahamim (a prayer for the departed) among other presentations. The second half is an evening of songs with presentations by a wide spectrum of choirs and singers, performing about 10 songs.6:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Mintze’s Theater, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville. Visit bit.ly/2ZGgjpH.


Tuesday 7

6th Annual Dahan Lecture—Yom Hazikaron

Hear Dennis Ross and David Makovsky speak about Israel and the Middle East and their new book “Be Strong of Good Courage,” which contemplates the difficult decisions Israel’s leaders faced in order to preserve Israel. 7:45 p.m. Free. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Dahan Sanctuary, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore. Visit bethtfiloh.com.

Wednesday 8

Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Join Beth Tfiloh Congregation for a Yom Ha’atzmaut mincha/maariv and special Tefillah for Israel followed by a celebration with Israeli dancing, children’s activities and a birthday cake for Israel. 6:30 p.m. Free. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Dahan Sanctuary, 3300 Old Court Rd, Baltimore. Visit bethtfiloh.com.

Wednesday 8

Community Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Honor the end of Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Chizuk Amuno Congregation. The evening begins with a ceremony to end Yom Hazikaron and the beginning of Yom Ha’atzmaut. Then a light dinner will be offered followed by Israeli music and dancing. There will be plenty of activities for children including an archaeological dig, painting with spices and an obstacle course with the Shinshinim. Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg will also give a lecture about the outcome and impacts of the Israeli election. At the end of the night, everyone will reconvene to say Happy Birthday to Israel with birthday cake. 5:30 p.m. Free. 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore. Visit chizukamuno.org.

Thursday 9

Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Join Congregation Shomrei Emunah and Ohr Chadash Academy for a celebration of Israel’s 71st Independence Day. This event will include opportunities to learn about Israeli inventions ranging from Techelet, the blue- colored tzitzit dye made from snails indigenous to Israel, to drip irrigation, to Waze to the Beresheet Lander. A fleishig dinner will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 6221 Greenspring Ave, Baltimore. Visit shomreiemunah.org.

Thursday 9

PJ Library Yom Ha’atzmaut Chagigah

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with Jtown, an innovative play space at the Park Heights JCC. There will be stories, songs, snacks and crafts. Activities will include an interactive story time and Israeli “hike” inside Jtown, accompanied by songs and play. There will be an Israeli snack and the event will end with everyone making an Israeli flag mosaic in the crafts room at the Center for Jewish Education. Intended for ages 18 months to five years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For safety reasons, everyone is required to use socks with treads, which can be brought and will be available for purchase. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m. Free. 5700 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Contact Julie Wohl jwohl@cjebaltimore.org.

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