Today is May 21, 2018 -

May their memory be for a blessing

My sister recently started looking into our family genealogy, and we learned that our great-uncle Private David S. Turetzky was killed serving our country during WWII. To the best of our knowledge, he was our only relative killed in service. So, while I have undying gratitude for all those who have served and continue to serve to enable me to enjoy the freedoms of this great country, like most Americans, I am fairly far removed from having a personal connection with the tragedies of war.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for most Israelis. With the goal of peace ever evasive for her whole 67-year history, all Israelis personally feel the horrors of war, and therefore, Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron) is much different than ours, and Federation will be hosting a couple of new programs this year to commemorate this solemn day.

On Sunday evening, our community shaliach (emissary) Maor Rosenberg will be leading a “Night of Warrior Songs” Yom Hazikaron Service. The program will be in Hebrew, designed for our Israeli and Hebrew speaking community members. All are welcome.

On Wednesday evening, as Yom Hazikaron ends and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) begins, the Jewish a cappella group Six13 will transition us from the sadness of sacrifice to the celebration of independence through song. This should be a very moving experience.

I look forward to seeing you at either or both events.

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