Each year, through a program of The Jewish Agency for Israel and generous funding from Federation, The Jewish Federation’s Community Shlichim Program brings shlichim (Israeli emissaries) to Greater Washington to connect with our community. Through a variety of programming designed to increase Jewish awareness, knowledge and pride, bridge the gap between Jews of different backgrounds and the State of Israel, and promote an understanding of Israel and its ideals, the shlichim transform how thousands of community members deepen their connection and relationship to Israel.
Below you will find a series of events organized by our community shlichim, in conjunction with partner organizations and synagogues across our region, to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut.
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From Yom Hashoah to Yom Ha’atzmaut: The New ‘High Holidays’ of Israel
Much has been written about the apparent gap between Israeli and Diaspora Jews. In this article, Donniel Hartman unpacks the themes of Yom Hashoa (Holocaust Rememberance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Military Memorial Day), and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). Calling them “The New High Holidays of Israel,” Hartman explains how these days of memory and rollercoaster emotions “redefines Israel as a family that mourns together, embraces life and challenges us to live it to the fullest.”
Yom HaAtzmaut: The HA = the (and since it’s a specific day/date you need that to delineate its status); Atzmaut = Independence and is capitalized here because the convention is that when you use Ha as a modifier to differentiate between “a” something and “the” specific something you are talking about that specific something becomes like a proper noun in English; So The day of Independence in Hebrew is Yom HaAztmaut as opposed to a day of independence which would just be yom aztmaut