Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day 27-28 April 2020

Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country. 

It starts at sundown on April 27 2020 and is marked until sundown April 2020 and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown (8.00pm) when a siren is sounded across the country for one minute. Everybody stops what they are doing, including cars driving on the highway, and observes the silence to show their respect and remember the fallen. That evening, the official State Ceremony to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron takes place at the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem. Unlike in many other countries, Israel’s wars have taken place at home and being a small country, almost everybody knows somebody who died in the country’s wars making Yom Hazikaron an incredibly personal time of remembrance.

The following day, a siren sounds for two minutes, at 11.00 am and again the country stops to remember. Following this, memorial ceremonies take place across the country – either public or private, to remember the country’s fallen. That evening, between 7 and 8.00 pm, another state ceremony takes place, this one at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Military Ceremony. This ceremony marks the end of Yom Hazikaron, and the beginning of Yom Haaztmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, a day which contrasts dramatically to what preceded it and a strong reminder of the price Israel has paid, and continues to pay for her independence.

Usually there are many ceremonies you can join for Yom Hazikaron, at the Western Wall there is an annual ceremony for the Memorial Day opening where the the flag is lowered to half-mast, but this year due to Covid-19 there are no public ceremonies, we are remembering our fallen soldiers from home.

 

 


HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 – Yom Hashoah

 

Yom HaShoah (Yom HaShoa, Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laGvura) officially translates to “Remembrance Day for the Holocaust and Heroism”, but is often known as “Holocaust Remembrance Day” in English. It is an occasion to commemorate the lives and heroism of the six million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. Yom HaShoah is on the 27th day of Nisan, the first month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar.

Yom HaShoah opens in Israel at sundown in a state ceremony held in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Authority, in Jerusalem. During the ceremony the national flag is lowered to half mast, the President and the Prime Minister both deliver speeches, Holocaust survivors light six torches symbolizing the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and the Chief Rabbis recite prayers.

On Yom HaShoah, ceremonies and services are held at schools, military bases and by other public and community organizations – but this year, when all the formal Holocaust ceremonies are canceled, Zikaron BaSalon offers a unique and authentic way to keep the tradition and the memory alive.

“This year, our most important commitment is to protect the safety of the Holocaust survivors, as they are the most vulnerable, thus, Zikaron BaSalon is going to proceed without live testimonials from our survivors. Additionally, we are working to ensure that we keep Zikaron BaSalon running and following all the restrictions necessary, which means that we’re going to host Zikaron BaSalon digitally.”

On the eve of Yom HaShoah and the day itself, places of public entertainment are closed by law. Israeli television airs Holocaust documentaries and Holocaust-related talk shows, and low-key songs are played on the radio. Flags on public buildings are flown at half mast. At 10:00 am, an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and Israelis are expected to observe two minutes of solemn reflection. Almost everyone stops what they are doing, including motorists who stop their cars in the middle of the road, standing beside their vehicles in silence as the siren is sounded.


Amazing time for Nature Hikes – near Netanya, Hurvat-melah (near the industrial zone of Or Akiva)

It’s winter in Israel now, but from the beginning of November to mid-February daffodils bloom in our country. Heavy rains are good for them and now whole carpets of beautiful flowers can be seen in different nature reserves.

Before you go to admire the daffodils, remember that in Israel it is forbidden by law to pick them. But you can get close, look at and smell their wonderful fragrance – as much as you like.
The nearest place to Netanya, where daffodils are now blooming, is Hurvat-melah. It is located near the city of Or Akiva. In ancient times, there was a quarry of King Herod, but now what is most interesting are the flowers.

Hurvat-melah is located near the industrial zone of Or Akiva. Having entered from highway 4, turn right on the first square into Ilan street and go all the way. Stop and walk along the sandy path to the hill on the right and you have arrived! Here they are – magic daffodils in the midst of Israeli winter.

In addition to daffodils, here you can see the flowering of Palestinian irises and anemones, also very beautiful.

Admission to Hurvat Melah is free.


“SOHO” in Netanya – opening of art exhibition Friday, January 24, 11 a.m.

A collaboration between the Cultural Center Association, the management of the Center for Home Design – SOHO, and the Netanya Artists’ Association will introduce cultural and artistic activities to the commercial center.

Art is an integral part of home and office design. Cultural-artistic activity will enrich the shopping experience at the center, adding to it movement, emotion and color.

Netanya Artists Association is pleased to open a pop-up exhibition as is customary in Tel Aviv. The former “Shefa Teva” store will become a temporary gallery where paintings, photography, sculpture and more will be displayed.

A festive opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 24,  11 a.m.

The public is welcome!

The Soho complex is located in the southern industrial area of Netanya (“Sapir”), adjacent to Ikea to the north.
The gallery is opposite the “Tiv-Taam” parking complex, across the road.


Israeli Space Week 2020 at Planetanya

You are invited to a one-time experience to meet the future in Space 2024, to tour the moon, try out the astronauts’ tasks, meet the scientists of the future, and fly to the moon and to Mars at the Planetarium .

Sunday January 26, Wednesday January 29, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The activities are rotated. Entrance is free .

Conditional on advance registration at www.planetanya.org.il  The event is for ages 7+



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Simchat Torah in Netanya – Monday night 21 October

Join the Netanya communities for Simchat Torah – a joyous holiday celebrating the completion of the year long reading, section by section, of the five books of the Torah (Old Testament) and the beginning of a new reading cycle – on Monday night October 21, 2019 (22 Tishrei 5780), starting at 8:30 p.m., at the new Independence Square.
In the presence of Mayor Miriam Fierberg-Ikar and Chief Rabbi of Netanya, Rabbi Kalman Meir Bar

Free of charge – everyone’s invited!


Festival of Succot – Sunday night 13 October to Monday night 21 Oct

Look out for all the succahs (temporary foliage-covered and decorated booths) which will be springing up on balconies and in communal gardens throughout the area.

The seven day festival (8 days outside Israel) celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G‑d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt and the time when we complete and re-start the reading of the Torah (5 books of the Old Testament). It is a joyful celebration, shops, restaurants and schools will be closed on Monday 14th and 21st October and there is no public transportation either on those days.  Public transport will also cease around 3pm on Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th October.    CHAG SAMEACH


Israel fast becoming a renowned Vegan centre

If you refrain from eating meat or stick to a vegan lifestyle, you’ll be happy to find out that you’re in the right place. Israel has emerged in the last years as heaven for vegans and vegetarians.  Netanya is no exception: if you’re looking for a vegan meal, you’ll be able to choose from fine cuisine to deep-fried street and almost every eatery will have a meatless option. Here are our recommendations for enjoying a vegan lunch in Netanya

For details and more information , please click here