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Yom HaAtzmaut, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom HaShoah

Cincinnati remembers, honors, celebrates with Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Israel Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day.
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May 1 – May 7

May 1 May 7

Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, May 1
2 – 3pm
In person at the JCC and Virtual

“We want a memorial which will tell our tradition, how we died, and why, and how to prevent future massacres, something that will arouse people, something with an expression, something that will make sure our dear ones have not died in vain.”

Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, the Mayerson JCC, and Jewish Family Service for this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration to remember and mourn the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and to honor the survivors. 

It is simply not enough to remember, but it is vital that we ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Who will stand up to antisemitism? Who will continue to fight against the hatred that led to the murder of the six million? What examples are there for future generations to follow and how will the third and fourth generation tell their families stories?

Featured speakers include, Dr. Michael Meyer, the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Kevin Aldridge, Opinion Editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as descendants of Holocaust survivors. In addition, the program includes a moving candle lighting ceremony and music.

Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s National Memorial Day

Yom HaZikaron Commemoration

Tuesday, May 3
6:30 pm
Mayerson JCC

Join the Cincinnati community for an in-person memorial service to honor the soldiers and victims of terror who gave their lives in defense of the State of Israel.

We will pay respects to the Fallen through poems and music as we explore our responsibility to care for each other. This year’s theme is the Lebanon War.

Established unofficially with the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, and enacted into law in 1963, the day preceding Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) is observed as a Memorial Day for soldiers who lost their lives in battle or while otherwise defending Israel.

Memorial services for the fallen soldiers of the War of Independence were held on Independence Day in 1949–1950; however, the combination between the grief of mourning and the happiness of independence created an emotionally difficult atmosphere and the families of the fallen suggested creating a national memorial day. In January 1951, Minister of Defense David Ben-Gurion created a committee to make a recommendation and it was decided that the fourth of Iyar every year would become the “General Memorial Day for the Heroes of the War of Independence” – Yom HaZikaron

Yom HaAtzmaut: Israel’s Independence Day

Druze Emissary Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, May 4
12:00 pm

Bring your lunch as you enjoy listening to the first Druze emissary in the United States. Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh is the Jewish Agency’s first Druze emissary to the United States, based in Washington D.C. Previously, she was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White party, making history as the first Druze woman to become a Member of the Knesset. Kamal-Mreeh was selected to host the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s daily newscast in Arabic, and in 2017, she began anchoring its main Hebrew Saturday evening newscast, becoming the first non-Jewish anchorwoman in Israel to broadcast the evening news in Hebrew. 

Yom HaAtzmaut Fireworks Celebration

Saturday, May 7
9:30 pm

Join us for the ultimate Yom HaAtzmaut celebration as we end the week with a fun, festive experience featuring Havdalah, music and dancing, dessert, gaga, glow sticks, crafts, and a fireworks show to end the evening.

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