Yom Ha’Atzmaut: A Day of Celebration for All of Israel
A few minutes after sundown following Yom Ha’Zikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day), the Israeli flag on Mount Herzl is raised from half-staff (in memory of the fallen soldiers and victims of terror) to the top of the pole, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) begins. Celebrated on the 5th day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, this is the anniversary of the day (corresponding to the Gregorian date of May 14, 1948) on which David Ben-Gurion publicly read the Israeli Declaration of Independence and the celebrations began.
Israel’s Independence Day marks the creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948. Much like Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, Jewish people in Israel honor Yom Ha’atzmaut with fireworks, barbecues, and concerts. Outside of Israel, Jewish communities generally host parties, extravaganzas. This year, with social distancing in place around the world, many communities will instead gather in virtual celebration. The Tampa JCCs and Federation proudly brings to our community and beyond, Israel Through A Lens. The creatively curated day of events will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 beginning at 12:30 PM EST.
The day will honor Israel in many creative and cultural fashions.
Tampa Israel Independence Day Celebration
Honor the Independence of Israel with incredible entertainment enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Virtually - We proudly present:
Israel Through a Lens
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.