Yom Hazikaron

San Antonio Jewish community unites to celebrate Israel’s 71st Birthday and commemorate the loss of fallen soldiers

Hundreds of guests gathered at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the Jewish Community on Wednesday, May 8, for the annual celebrations of Yom Hazikaron, a commemorative ceremony honoring fallen soldiers and victims of terror, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, the celebration of Israel’s Independence Day. This event was coordinated and led by the Jewish Federation of San Antonio in conjunction with all of the local synagogues and Jewish agencies.

At the Yom Hazikaron ceremony, members of the local clergy provided prayer and song to remember those who lost their lives and Gilad Katz, the Consul General of Israel to the Southwest, provided a message to local San Antonians. Dr. Orit Eylon and Hazzanit Arlene Spanier led a children’s choir performance of Eli, Eli and Olam Chesed before all guests stood to sing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, together.

As the event ended in the Holzman auditorium, the lively celebration continued downstairs in the JCC Wulfe Family Gymnasium where guests enjoyed Kosher Israel-style dinner provided by Naomi’s Cakes. The Dayan Family, guests of the Federation’s Partnership2Gether Western Galilee Consortium, entertained the crowd with sing-a-long Israeli songs and dances, and guests shopped a shuk-style vendor fair featuring local Jewish vendors. Federation’s PJ Library provided activities for children, and guests of all ages celebrated Israel’s 71st birthday together.

To learn more about Federation’s Partnership with Israel, contact Education & Engagement Coordinator Lauren Abraham at abrahaml@jfsatx.org