Yom Hazikaron in Jerusalem 2018

Yom Hazikaron in Jerusalem 2018 events will be updated as soon as they become available

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 Sunday, April 30, 2017 until the evening of Monday, May 1 (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 Sunday evening and a two minute siren sounds at 11:00 am on Monday. 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 30, 2017

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 invitation open and is attended by Israel’s President, the chief of staff of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), the major general, the chief rabbi of the IDF, the rabbi of the Western Wall, top officers and commanders, the mayor of Jerusalem 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 reading with live 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

Screenings of animated films by local artists based personal stories of survivors,wars, and terror attacks.

Where: Beit Avi Chai, 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: April 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Contact for more details: 072-3281853

Gerard Behar Center

An evening of songs for soldiers

This event is attended by Mayor Nir Barkat and City Manager Mr. Amnon Merhav. The evening will include war songs performed by the talented artists Keren Peles, Har’el Moyal, and Yonatan Dror.

Where: Gerard Behar Center, 11 Betsalel Street, Jerusalem
When: April 30, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Cost: Tickets will be available at the Box Office from 4-9pm

Hansen House

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

Where: Hansen House, 14 Gdalyahu Alon Street, Jerusalem
When: April 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Register here>>

Memorial Day Events — May 1, 2017

Ceremonies at Jerusalem Monuments

City officials, including the mayor and city council members, and members of the Jerusalem Brigade 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: May 1, 2017 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.

Call to register: 02-6233166

Where: 1 Mish’ol Hagvura Street, Jerusalem

When: May 1, 2017 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, singer Ariel Cohen, Rabbi Yosef A. Wasserman, Chairman of the Jerusalem District Team, Kaddish reading by Albert Maman, a bereaved father, a Psalms’ chapter, and Yizkor prayer.

Where: Safra Square, Jerusalem
When: May 1, 2017 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: May 1, 2017 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: May 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

State Commemoration Ceremony for Victims of Terrorism
Mount Herzl, Jerusalem
May 1, 2017 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.

In order to accommodate people attending the ceremony at Mount Herzl, there will be more frequent light rail trains to Mount Herzl, and attendees will be given free light rail passes. CityPass will be distributing the tickets at the light rail station across the street from the Central Bus Station from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. In addition, there will be free shuttles from all of the free parking sites to Mount Herzl. For further details, please call 106 call center.