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.

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and currently resides in Red Bank, N.J.

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Israel!”

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    Jerome Hirschbaum Reply April 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    May you finaly know peace. May you finally know rest. May you finally know complete acceptance. May you know our love and support.

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    My prayers for you and for your citizens
    to know lasting peace thus at last be free.

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