Hand in Hand with Israel in Remembrance and Celebration –
Zionist Council of Victoria Presents 2015 Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron Programs
The Zionist Council of Victoria, in partnership with the United Israel Appeal and with the assistance and generous support of communal and corporate partners, is pleased to offer a number of quality Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron programs for community members of all ages to engage and learn, to remember and to rejoice in Israel’s 67 years as an independent nation.
We will honour the memory of Israel’s fallen at the annual Yom Hazikaron commemoration – Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror Tuesday 21 April, 7:30 pm, at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton Campus.
The Yom Hazikaron tekes (ceremony) is a poignant and meaningful tribute to those who fell in the defence of Israel or as victims of terror. The commemoration will highlight the strong, often very personal, bond between the Melbourne Jewish community and Israel.
“Yom Hazikaron is one day of the year when the Melbourne Jewish community unites in solemn memory of the lives lost in the formation and defence of the State of Israel,” said Sam Tatarka, President of the Zionist Council of Victoria. “To be a part of such a memorable event is truly an honour and a privilege.”
This year’s program will include a memorial exhibit in the foyer – doors and the exhibit will open at 7:00pm. Erev Shirei Zikaron (songs of remembrance) will take place immediately following the commemoration.
General admission to the Yom Hazikaron tekes is free of charge. Reserved seating is available for $18.
Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Concert
The Melbourne Recital Centre will be filled with the spirit of Israel Wednesday 22 April at 7:30pm. The festive concert will feature a selection of familiar and contemporary Israeli music, including an Arik Einstein medley, performed by local artists.
Concert Music Director Adam Starr has assembled a talented line-up for the concert including Michal Yoshai, Karen Feldman, Ari Wenig, Rav Noam Sendor, Shimon Walles, Rita Satch, and Matan Franco. This year’s program also includes performance groups from Bialik College, The King David School, Leibler Yavneh College and Mount Scopus Memorial College.
MCs Josh Gurgiel and Eli Grynberg return bringing their entertaining style and humour to the Yom Ha’atzmaut stage.
“I’m very excited about this year’s concert,” says Starr. “It will bring together a diverse group of amazing Jewish talent, performing a wonderful repertoire, on the beautiful Melbourne Recital Centre stage. I’m pleased to be working with some favourite entertainers from past concerts as well as introducing some new faces and voices to the community.”
The concert takes place at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Southbank.
Tickets are available at www.melbournerecital.com.au.
Ticket prices: Premium – $67; A Reserve – $37/$20 children.
Yom Hazikaron-Yom Ha’atzmaut Transition Ceremony
Primary school children and their families will have an opportunity to experience remembrance and celebration with an age-appropriate Tekes Ma’avar (Transition Ceremony) on Wednesday 22 May, 5:15pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre. The program will include a live Skype connection with a school in Israel. Participants will stand in memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers at the exact time of the Israeli Yom Hazikaron siren.
“I think this is an important way for us to engage primary school children, especially those who don’t attend Jewish schools in the most meaningful days of the Israeli calendar,” says Erez Feinberg, program organiser and Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture Chair of the Zionist Council of Victoria. “Standing at attention simultaneously with their peers in Israel is a very powerful and visceral experience we hope will remain with the children for years to come.”
Participants are invited to stay for a festive Yom Ha’atzmaut Israeli-style tefillah (service).
Celebrate Israel Family Festival
Celebration of Israel’s 67th birthday will continue at the third annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Family Festival, Thursday 23 April, 4:00-7:00 pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road in South Caulfield.
The Family Festival offers a range of fun activities for all ages. Coordinated in partnership with over 20 local organisations, the festival, with its delicious food, excellent entertainment, and interactive programming is sure to delight Israel-lovers of all ages.
“I wish every day was Israel’s birthday,” said one young participant after last year’s event.
Admission to Celebrate Israel is by gold coin donation, and the event takes place rain or shine.