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Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut fall on the 4th and 5th days of the Jewish month of Iyar, usually near the end of April or beginning of May.

Yom HaZikaron honors Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. It is more somber than the American Memorial Day — when a commemorative siren blares at 8 pm and 11 am, the entire country of Israel (including highway traffic) comes to a standstill.

Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are deliberately observed back-to-back, to recognize that Israel's continued existence is because of the soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives. It is customary to wear a white top and dark pants or skirt to a Yom HaZikaron ceremony.

Yom HaAtzmaut celebrates the formal establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 (that year, the 5th of Iyar corresponded to May 14). Celebrations include Israeli dancing, singing, and other joyous festivities (often outdoors).

Israel in the Park


Sun., May 19, 2019 | 4-7 pm | Coxhall Gardens (11677 Towne Rd., Carmel)


All are welcome to join the Greater Indianapolis Jewish community for this FREE celebration of Israel's 71st birthday!


In case of rain, please call the Jewish Federation at 317-726-5450 for more information.

Volunteers are still needed, especially at our food stations. Sign up below!

Food and drinks for purchase, including Middle Eastern specialties and kid favorites! Check out the menu and pre-purchase Shuk Shekel tickets below.

Local Jewish organizations and a visiting artist from Indianapolis' Partnership region in the Western Galilee will share family-friendly activities:



  • Community Mosaic with Or-nah Ran

    Or-nah specializes in environmental sculpture, meaning she designs and builds large, complex projects. She sculpts within each specific environment, making her artistic pieces a natural part of the landscape.




Rockdim are an energetic group of musicians and singers who have played together for nearly 10 years and enjoy every moment on the stage — they will have you up and out of your seats, dancing in celebration!



 Exhibitor  Activity
 Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI)  Virtual reality goggles
   Face painting and hair braiding
 NEXTGen  Kibbutz NEXTGen
 PJ Library in Greater Indianapolis  Israel trip visor craft project
 Shalom Indy    Ask advice for 5 NIS (shekels)
 JFGI and Jewish Community Relations Council  Green screen Israel photos
 Jewish Family Services  Israeli Zumba
 Chabad Center for Jewish Life  TBD
 Congregation Beth-El Zedeck  Israeli dancing
 Congregation Beth Shalom  Hebrew name in hamsa
 Congregation B'nai Torah  Roaming photographer
 Congregation Shaarey Tefilla  Shimon Omer (Simon Says in Hebrew)
 Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation  Bedouin tent with shesh besh (backgammon), coffee, tea
 Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis Early Childhood program  Flower Power
 Indiana Jewish Discovery Center  Jerusalem scratch art
 Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation  A sensory tour of Israel
 IUPUI Jewish Student Association  Henna tattoos and Mizrachi Jews of Israel
 Jewish Community Center  Raffle: guess how many pieces of bamba are in a jar to win a prize!
 Big Car Collaborative  Wagon of Wonders, giant checkers game, matkot (beach ball and paddles), foosball, giant Jenga



Thank you to our event sponsors!

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