Happy Birthday, Israel!
Tonight and tomorrow, we celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day. It is observed on or near the 5th of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in April. On May 14, 1948, soon-to-be Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion issued a declaration of the State of Israel – which means that this year marks the 64th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state.
Here at RJ.org, we’ve been blogging all month with a special spotlight on Israel, including a few special posts about Yom HaAtzmaut, in particular, and we’re featuring the Reform Movement’s many resources and programs. This week also leads up to Reform Israel Shabbat, a Movement-wide opportunity to recognize the growth of Reform Judaism in Israel and raise funds so that we can continue to reach more people. ARZA offers a number of ways your congregation can participate in Reform Israel Shabbat, and we’d love to hear how you’ll be celebrating.
On this 64th anniversary of Israel’s independence, we want to know: What is your birthday wish for the State of Israel? Leave your birthday wish in the comments, tweet us at @URJ, or post on our Facebook page.