Yom Ha’atzmaut 

April 29, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the East Valley JCC won’t be hosting a Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration but below are some virtual celebrations and activities.  (Please be aware that some are listed in different time zones.)

A Global Celebration: Israel’s 72nd Independence Day
Wednesday, April 29 | 2-3 p.m. EST

Jewish Federations of North America
Join celebrity guests and people from across the world at this star-studded one-hour Facebook Live event.  Featured guests include Matisyahu, Josha Malina, the Brothers Platt and more. There will also be exclusive footage from Israel’s official Independence Day ceremony on Mt. Herzl. 

OpenDor Media offers a variety of films and resources in honor of Israel’s national holidays. Films include “Sustainable Nation,” which will be available April 26-May 2, and “Beneath the Helmet,” “Mekonen: Journey of an African Jew,” “Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference,” and “Hummus the Movie.”

Global Trivia Championship
he program features an hour of video content across a range of topics in Israeli history, plus a 30-minute trivia activity. 

Yom Ha’atzmaut Etgar Challenge
Test your knowledge of Israel’s history, geography and culture in this live Israel quiz for teens, adults and families around the world. The quiz will take place live on YouTube on April 29, 11 a.m.-noon EST. 

Yom Ha’atzmaut Quarantine Quest
Play this mission-based, online team game at the date and time of your choice. This is great for groups of families. Pre-booking is required. 

Yom HaZikaron

Yom HaZikaron is Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism.

Masa Israel commemoration ceremony
Monday, April 27 | 1-2 p.m. EST

Masa Israel will stream the ceremony on Facebook Live.


Beit Avi Chai, a Jewish cultural hub in Jerusalem dedicated to the creation , development and expression of Jewish thought and ideas, offers Yom Hazikaron resources, such as animated films based on the memories of fallen IDF soldiers and those who lost their lives in terrorist attacks.

OpenDor Media offers a variety of films and resources in honor of Israel’s national holidays. Films include the Yom Hazikaron film “When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience and Hope.


Lone Soldier Center 
Monday, April 27 | 12:50 p.m. EST

The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin ceremony will feature family and friends of fallen lone soldiers. Israeli President Ruvi Rivlin, Ambassador David Friedman and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. 


Yom Ha’atzmaut Recipes by Chef Melinda