Israel Independence Day Celebration
April 16 - 22, 2018
7 weeks. 7 days.Israel Independence Day at 70. As our community prepares to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary on April 22nd, we will count down in anticipation! Weekly, beginning on March 2nd, check out fun facts about Israel on our website below. For the final 7 days, counting down to Israel Independence Day, we will have daily interactive programs.
The Israeli Declaration of Independence made on May 14, 1948, the day before the British Mandate was due to expire, was the announcement by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, that the new Jewish state named the State of Israel had been formally established in parts of what was known as the British Mandate of Palestine and on land where, in antiquity, the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah had once been.
The event is celebrated annually in Israel and across the US with a national holiday called Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day). Every year, we host a community-wide celebration, attracting more than 2,500 people annually. We celebrate Israel's birthday with Israeli entertainment, food, kids' activities and more.
Achinoam Nini was born on June 23, 1969. Outside of Israel, the Israeli singer is known as Noa.
Nini was born to a Yemenite Jewish family, and moved to New York City at the age of two. She attended the SAR Academy and the Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz High School, remaining in New York until her return to Israel alone at the age of 16. She completed her mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces performing with a military entertainment troupe.
After her release she studied music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor.
Nini has performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Olympia in Paris, Rome's Colosseum, The Barbican in London, Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley, California, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, as well as having done numerous successful tours in major venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Brazil and Japan.
Nini has recorded songs in Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Yemenite.
Amos Oz, born in 1939, is an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He is regarded as Israel's most famous living author.
Oz's work has been published in 42 languages, including Arabic, in 43 countries. He has received many honors and awards, among them the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award in Literature, the Heinrich Heine Prize and the Israel Prize. In 2007, a selection from the Chinese translation of A Tale of Love and Darkness was the first work of Modern Hebrew literature to appear in an official Chinese textbook.
Since 1967, Oz has been a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Hannah Senesh (originally Szenes) was a paratrooper trained to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. Captured and killed by the Nazi's, she is still a national heroine in Israel.
Through her brief but noteworthy life (July 17, 1921 - November 7, 1944,) Senesh became a symbol of idealism and self-sacrifice. Her poems, made famous in part because of her unfortunate death, reveal a woman imbued with hope, even in the face of adverse circumstances.
The following poem was found in Hannah's death cell after her execution:
One - two - three... eight feet long
Two strides across, the rest is dark...
Life is a fleeting question mark
One - two - three... maybe another week.
Or the next month may still find me here,
But death, I feel is very near.
I could have been 23 next July
I gambled on what mattered most,
the dice were cast. I lost.