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36 hours will start sombre – and end joyously




Posters of events around SA below story 

Jewish communal life will be dominated by the celebrations around the various festivals, commemorations and remembrances over the next two weeks.

FunThe SAZF and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies – our primary communal organisations – are bringing Johannesburgers the biggest and best events in many a year and they are joined by the Israeli Embassy, Jewish day schools and other Jewish organisations.

The Jewish holidays kick off every year with Yom Hashoah – or Holocaust Remembrance Day – which is hosted locally by the SA Jewish Board of Deputies at venues around the country.

This is followed in short order by the dual commemoration and celebrations of Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut which are hosted annually by the SA Zionist Federation and ends a few months later with Yom Yerushalayim – the celebration of the liberation of Jerusalem in 1967, which will begin this year at sundown (after Shabbat) on Saturday June 4.

Host of communal remembrances & festivities

Erev Yom Hazikaron

In Johannesburg, next week, the sombre remembrance ceremony on erev Yom Hazikaron begins with as the Israeli flag is lowered at Yeshiva College at sunset on Tuesday May 10, after which guest speakers will address members of the community, who every year attend in their thousands.

Yom Hazikaron is a day of commemoration of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The Fed has branded this year as Remember#withIsrael.

The guest speaker at the Yeshiva College Campus event, which starts at exactly 18:30, will be Raphael Herbst, a senior member of Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance and emergency-response service. There is no charge to attend, but booking is essential for security reasons: To book online, CLICK HERE  – or call the Fed at (011) 645-2500.

Yom Hazikaron 

On the morning of Wednesday June 11, the Israeli Embassy will be unveiling the country’s first-ever monument to fallen soldiers (from South African origin) in Pretoria.

YH681Erev Yom Ha’atzmaut

At sunset on Wednesday May 11, the Israeli flag will be lowered on the sombre day of reflection that is Yom Hazikaron.

And then, the festivities of Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day – begin in earnest.

The SAZF have really upped their game this year and this fun-packed event – which normally attracts up to 5,000 visitors – is expected to draw many more this year.

There is so much for everyone to do.

The Fed with a host of Jewish and Israeli partners will ensure a fantasy of fun for all, from young to old, singles and families. So expect more people and expect them to linger longer.

A multitude of get-togethers will take place at the Huddle Park Golf Course in Linksfield. Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s national birthday and is a day of happiness and good cheer.

Among the host of events – (See posters from around the country below) at Huddle Park will be:

  • YH683A Yom Ha’atzmaut family/communal event;
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut night carnival and shuk with great stalls and credit card facilities;
  • On-site ATMs in case you didn’t bring enough money;
  • A Maccabi Sport Zone that promises to fun for kids of all ages
  • Catered for special needs – there will be disabled parking available and golf carts to get around on;  
  • Live entertainment, kids’ carnival, food stalls, and much more
  • Starting at 20:30 is the young adults’ Yom Ha’atzmaut VIP after-party

The doors open at 17:00 and the entrance fee is R50 for adults and R20 for kids. You can also stand a chance to win a ticket to Israel by booking online, CLICK HERE. Alternatively, you can call the SAZF at (011) 645-2500.

The erev-Yom Ha’atzmaut VIP after-party:

Featuring guest DJs Euphonik, SauBomb, DJ Wags and Harael Salkow, starts at 20:30. Tickets are R80 and this event historically ends at breakfast time. Book online HERE– or call the SAZF at 011 645-2500.

Yom Ha’atzmaut

On Thursday May 12 at 08:30 King David Victory Park’s “Spread the Love” Yom Ha’atzmaut event is aiming to get the school into the Guinness Book of Records by making and delivering the most sandwiches ever, to the needy. 


Yom Ha'atzmaut poster 2016

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Yom Hashoah Cape Town poster


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Some of the posters advertising YomYom activities taking
place around the country over the next two weeks

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  1. Dov

    May 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    ‘It’s interesting to note that the real date of Yom Haatzmaut is the 5th of Iyar, which falls on Thursday night/Friday. However, because there is a concern that celebrations on Friday will result in desecration of Shabbat, the Rabbinate move the date a day back, to Wednesday night/Thursday. In this way, they take what is an important date for both the religious and non-religious, and make allowance for the sensitivities and religious observances of the Orthodox Jews, thereby ensuring that they are not excluded.

    Now this is SACRED!!’

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