Israel: A Commemoration, A Celebration!

On May 4, the community came together for a poignant commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day with prayers, poems and solemn music presented by children from the Hasten Hebrew Academy. From this moment of remembrance, the 65th Street Klezmorim from Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, children from Beth-El Zedeck and dancers from the Russian school transitioned the day to a joyous, energetic celebration of Israel’s 66th birthday.

The Jewish group Hooshir A Cappella from Indiana University kicked off the celebration, followed by headliner Lior Balavie, whose Israeli songs inspired a true connection to Eretz Yisrael and got everyone up on their feet dancing the afternoon away. This amazing day concluded with a yummy Israeli feast in the Domont Auditorium at the BJE.

Thank you to everyone—especially to the committee and our many volunteers—for making this day so meaningful and special. Photos from the event may be found at

--Patti Freeman Dorson


Add Comment