Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron – A Virtual Memorial

Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm – Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm

Commemorate Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror with a special film including messages from Ottawa’s Jewish community leaders and Israeli Embassy officials.

The film will be available to view from Tuesday, May 3 at 7 pm until Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm.

The fourth of Iyar, the day preceding Israel’s Independence Day, was declared by the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) to be a Memorial Day for those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and for all military personnel who were killed while in active duty in Israel’s armed forces.

Throughout Israel (the country) special services are held in honor of the fallen soldiers. The military cemeteries overflow with grieving families and friends, and others wishing to pay their respects to heroes who gave their lives defending the State of Israel. It is a day commemorating the loss of all men and women who died for Israel, whether they served in the IDF, Israel’s armed services, or were victims of acts of terror.

For 24 hours (from Sunset to sunset) all places of public entertainment are closed. The most noticed feature of the day is the sound of siren that is heard throughout the country twice, during which the entire nation observes a two minutes “standstill” of all traffic and daily activities.

With their death, they commanded us life!

Evening Program

  1. Opening song “Arim Roshi” (I Will Raise My Head Up), Idan Raichel Project
  2. Colonel (Res) Jonathan Freedman  — Master of Ceremony, remarks
  3. Lowering of the flag video
  4. Siren video
  5. Rabbi Aryeh Kravetz, Beit Tikvah, reciting of the Yizkor prayer
  6. Remarks by His Excellency Dr. Hoffman, Ambassador of Israel to Canada
  7. Short animation by Beit Avi Hai in memory of Aryeh Aloni
  8. Remarks by Colonel Amiram Jakira, Defence Attaché of Israel to Canada
  9. Remarks by Ian Sherman, chairman of Jewish Federation of Ottawa
  10. Short animation by Beit Avi Hai in memory of Erez Idan
  11. Rabbi Aryeh Kravetz, Beit Tikvah, reciting the prayer for the well-being of IDF
  12. “Ma Avarech” song (How can I bless him?)
  13. Chazan Yair Subar, Beit Tikvah, El Male Rahamim
  14. O”Canada
  15. HaTikva by the IDF music band