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Yom Hazikaron in Jerusalem 2019

Yom Hazikaron 2019 events will take place between May 7-8. We will update the information as soon as it’s available. Meanwhile, you can check out last year’s events.

About Israel’s Memorial Day

Israel Remembrance Day, called Yom Hazikaron in Hebrew, is Israel’s official day of remembrance for fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism. It falls exactly one week after Holocaust Remembrance Day and considering the fact that casualties are very close to home in this small and young country, this day is extremely solemn. You will find places of entertainment closed, flags at half-mast and there are many ceremonies that take place in community centers and by memorials around Jerusalem and Israel.

In a way very unique to Israel, Remembrance Day flows straight into Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. As is often customary in Judaism, we remember the heartbreak with the joy. We acknowledge the direct connection between our loss and the independence and sovereignty that we appreciate so much today.

Yom Hazikaron is marked on the fourth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year it is commemorated from the evening of Tuesday, April 17, 2018 until the evening of Wednesday, April 18 (when Independence Day begins).

All local media channels are focused on this day of grief and two sirens sound during the 24 hour period when people respectfully come to a standstill.

Here are some of the things happening around Jerusalem on Yom Hazikaron:

The sirens

There are two sirens on Yom Hazikaron. A one minute siren sounds at 8:00 pm on Tuesday evening and a two minute siren sounds at 11:00 am on Wednesday. Similar to the siren on Holocaust Memorial Day, people generally stop whatever they are doing – even those driving on the highway – and stand at attention throughout the duration of the siren. It is highly recommended to stand outside for the sirens in order to experience the impact of almost an entire nation coming to a standstill in honor of those who died in order to gain and preserve our freedom.

Memorial Day Eve Events – April 17, 2018

State opening ceremony at the Western Wall

An annual ceremony takes place at the Western Wall as the official opening of Israel Remembrance Day. It begins with the one-minute siren at 8:00 pm which is heard throughout the country, during which the flag at the Western Wall is lowered to half-mast.

The ceremony is attended by Israel’s President, Jerusalem Mayor, the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), VIPs, and a large audience of bereaved families.

This ceremony which includes prayers, speeches and the lighting of a memorial torch, is broadcast live on Israeli television channels.

Where: The Western Wall, Old City, Jerusalem
When: 8:00 pm
Tickets: Invitation only

Community Centers Memorial Ceremonies

Memorial ceremonies will take place at different neighborhoods around Jerusalem.  

Ceremonies will include poetry readings and music, memorial candle lighting, flag lowering, wreath-laying, and reading the names of the fallen.

Ceremonies will take place in following community centers: Beit HaKerem, Kiryat Moshe, Baka, Gonenim, Gilo, French Hill, Homat Shmuel, Ginot Hair, Musrara, Lev Hair, Neve Ya’akov, Pisgat Ze’ev, Katamon, Kiryat HaYovel, Kiryat Menachem, Romema, Ramot Alon, Shmu’el HaNavi, East Talpiot and 27 Hatzfira Street (at 7:45 pm)

The memorial ceremonies will begin at 8:00 pm

Beit Avi Chai

A special screening of animated films from Face.Day.Memory project, with musical accompaniment and personal stories of survivors, wars, and terror attacks.

Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: April 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm
Contact for more details: 072-3281853

Hansen House Ceremony

A commemoration ceremony honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers featuring stories of courage and warfare by IDF war veterans.

Where: Hansen House, 14 Gedaliyahu Alon Street, Jerusalem
When: April 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Register Here>>

Memorial Day Events — April 18, 2018

Ceremonies at Jerusalem Monuments

City officials, including the mayor and city council members, and high school students will lead ceremonies at monuments in the neighborhoods of Mishkenot Shaananaim/Yemin Moshe, Abu Tor, Ramat Rachel, Armon Hanatziv and Yaar Hashalom.

Where: Monuments around the city
When: April 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

Memorial Day ceremony at Museum of Underground Prisoners

A commemoration ceremony in memory of Meir Feinstein and Moshe Barazani, members of Jewish Revisionist underground organizations, with the participation of veterans of the underground and other personalities.

A pre-organized shuttle service to the Mount of Olives will be available at the end of the ceremony.

Register for the shuttle service: 02-6233166

Where: Museum of Underground Prisoners, 1 Mish’ol Hagvura Street, Jerusalem
When: April 18, 2018 at 9:00 am

Memorial Day ceremony at Safra Square

Mayor Nir Barkat and City Manager Amnon Merhav, with representatives of the underground movements, Nahal, pupils of the Sligsberg School, guests and employees of the Municipality of Jerusalem.
The ceremony will include words from Jerusalem Mayor, City Manager, Rabbi Yosef A. Wasserman, Chairman of the Jerusalem District Team, Kaddish reading by a bereaved father – a Psalms’ chapter, and Yizkor prayer.

Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
When: April 18, 2018 at 9:15 am

Wreath laying ceremony at Mitzpor Haarbaa

A wreath laying ceremony attended by Jerusalem Deputy Mayor, bereaved families, Nahal soldiers and residents.

Where: Ha’Eyal Street, Malcha Neighborhood, Jerusalem
When: April 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

State ceremonies at Har Herzl

Attended by the Israeli Prime Minister, ministers, the mayor of Jerusalem, and families of fallen soldiers and victims of terror

Memorial Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers
Where: Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
When: April 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

State Commemoration Ceremony for Victims of Terrorism
Where:  
Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
When: 
April 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Public transportation

Attendees are asked to arrive by public transportation and avoid using private vehicles due to the expected increase in traffic congestion.

For information and details about parking and traffic during Memorial Day Eve and Israel’s Memorial Day, please call 106 call center or call *8787 for CallKav call center.