Yom Ha'atzmaut

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Yom HaAtzma-ut, Israeli Independence Day, marks the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is observed on the fifth day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar. The Israeli Knesset declared the fifth of Iyar a public holiday in 1949; David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, noted that it was the first holiday to be added to the Hebrew calendar in more than two thousand years.

In November 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution establishing the State of Israel in what was then British-controlled Palestine. The British Mandate of Palestine ended on Friday, May 14, 1948. On that day, the Jewish People’s Council, led by Ben-Gurion and comprised of representatives of the Jewish community in Palestine and the Zionist Movement, gathered at the Tel Aviv Art Museum. As Shabbat approached, the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was written, accepted and signed. The United States officially recognized Israel that very same night.

 
 
Resources
Learn more about Israeli Independence day and how it's celebrated in Israel and throughout the world
THe pairing of Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) is quite important. The day before celebrating our independence, we are reminded of the price and sacrifice made by so many in order to keep us free.
 
Articles
Thinking of Israel from afar
Written by EIE Alum Aaron Cravez
Yom Ha'Atzmaut Recommended Reading
Celebrate Israel's Independence Day by reading these selected books from URJ Books & Music
URJ Prayers for Israel
Links from ARZA
 
 

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