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Israeli National Holidays

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Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are Israel’s national holidays commemorating the lives lost in the fight for freedom and the day celebrating their independence.

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The modern State of Israel, celebrating its 76th year in 2024, was founded in 1948 and a national holiday was established to celebrate the end of British rule. In 1963, the State of Israel created a national memorial day in memory of all those who have died defending the country from 1860 to the present. The choice to observe Memorial Day just before celebrating Independence Day is a symbolic gesture that is meant to remind people of the very high “cost” of statehood.

Yom HaZikaron: Begins at sunset, May 12 // Observed May 13, 2024
Join the Consulate General of Israel, Israeli American Council and the Israeli House to commemorate Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day on Sunday, May 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Yom HaAtzmaut: Begins at sunset, May 13 // Observed May 14, 2024

Yom Yisrael – Celebrating Israel’s 76th Year of Independence
Join us to celebrate Israel’s rich culture and heritage ahead of Yom HaAtzmaut. Enjoy food, live music, and community activities at the Peninsula JCC on Thursday, May 9, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming Events

May 2024

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Yom HaShoah Commemoration

Sun, May 5
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Come together to learn, honor and remember at San Francisco's community-wide commemoration and day of learning presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center and the JCCSF.