Alberta celebrates Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha'atzmaut in Calgary

(AJNews) – Both the Calgary and Edmonton Jewish communities commemorated Yom Hazikaron and celebrated Yom Haatzmaut in tandem, as is the custom throughout the world.

In Calgary, community members stood together on Yom Hazikaron at Temple B’nai Tikvah honouring the courageous IDF soldiers and victims of terror who have sacrificed for Israel’s safety. They solemnly paid tribute to the 25,040 fallen soldiers and 5,100 victims of terrorism, reflecting on their sacrifice and the enduring resilience of Israel. The program included a prayers for the 132 hostages who were kidnapped from Israel on October 7 into Gaza. May they return home swiftly, into the arms of their loves ones. “Thank you to all of our community leaders and volunteers who participated in our ceremony.”

Paperny Family Calgary JCC Arts and Culture Manager Yanina Rabinovich and Yom HaZikaron Chair Lana Tsalkovich Hewitt organized this meaningful event.

The Yom HaAtzmaut celebration at the Paperny Family Calgary JCC was truly unforgettable, with over 250 community members and supporters coming together to honour Israel’s Independence Day. The energy in the JCC was felt by everyone who took part in variety of engaging activities. From Israeli whisky tasting, Krav Maga demonstrations, art projects, a spectacular light show, beautiful music, to connections with local Jewish organizations, the evening was a vibrant collection of community and Jewish pride.

Yanina Rabinovich, JCC Arts and Culture manager organized this incredible programs!

A special shoutout to Karen’s Cafe and Catering for the delicious Israeli-inspired cuisine, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the festivities. Thank you Calgary Jewish Federation for supporting this event. As we reflect on Israel’s 76 years of independence, we’re reminded of its enduring resilience and strength, and its commitment to progress and peace.

In Edmonton, a somber Yom Hazikaron service was held at the Beth Shalom Congregation with a wide and very diverse attendance. The service was warm and inclusive, in both English and Hebrew, paying tribute and remembering fallen soldiers and victims of terror. A special tribute was done in memory of the victims who were brutally murdered in Israel on October 7, 2023 with a montage acknowledging the Canadians whose lives were taken.

A lively, sold out Yom Haatzmaut party was held at the Beth Israel in Edmonton on May 14. Edmonton’s Jewish Community united last night in solidarity and strength, to commemorate Israel’s 76th birthday! It was a full house, as everyone enjoyed a delicious Israeli dinner, shopped at the shuk table, made fancy Israeli bracelets, decorated Israel flags and posters, and worked on a ‘chai” craft, with an artist. After reciting meaningful prayers, we were treated to some songs from the TT Choir, and a fabulous Israeli sing-along-long, with Anton. It was truly a heartwarming and feel good evening! Just what the community needed!

These events were hosted by the Jewish Federation of Edmonton together with JNF Canada, Beth Israel, Beth Shalom, Temple Beth Ora, Talmud Torah, PJ Library, CHW and National Council of Jewish Women.


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