Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day 7-8 May 2019

Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Falling either in late April or early May every year, Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country.

It starts at sundown on May 7 2019 and is marked until sundown May 8 2019, from May 7-8, 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.

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.


Yom Haatzmaut Fly Over Air Show 2019

Every Yom Haatzmaut, the Israeli Air Force arrange a special air show and fly-over which passes over much of the country. The show features a range of aircraft from the IAF fleet including acrobatic planes, and lasts around 45 minutes. The aircraft pass over most major towns and cities in the country. A series of flyovers head from Beer Sheva to Jerusalem, through the Jordan Valley, over the major towns and cities of the Galilee, and then back down the Mediterranean Coast, passing Tel Aviv and passing over the cities of the Negev. Other fly-overs cover the southern Negev, and center of the country.

For a hebrew timetable of the flyover and events at Airforce bases click here.

The flyover will begin in Netanya on 9 May at 11:33 am – make your way to the beach or to the Iris reserve for a great view of the action.

Yom Haatzmaut: Israeli Independence Day. May 8-9, 2019

Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence.  Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In 2019, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on May 8, to sundown on May 9.

Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the Twelve Tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact on the country.  At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.

The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including military fly-pasts (see the schedule for the Independence Day Fly Over), parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president.

Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.


For a fantastic list of things to do on Yom Haazmaut,including free entry to 71 Heritage sites, click here to see the list compiled by Love Love Israel.

PSA: Road closures – Netanya Beach Run – Friday April 5

Siren Test – Tuesday 2 April 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10:05 AM, the Home Front Command will carry out an test alarm in the following areas: Netanya, Even Yehuda, Kfar Yona, Taibe, Tira, Zemer, Hof Hasharon Regional Council , Emek Hefer Regional Council, Lev HaSharon Regional Council.
In addition, a warning will be issued in the Home Front Command application and a “hacking” system will be activated for broadcasting on the radio stations.
If a real alarm is activated, another alarm will sound.
For further information, please contact the Home Front Command at the Information Center at 104 or by email to 052-9104104 and Facebook.
Residents are requested to report to the Municipal Hotline 106 (or via Whatsapp +972 52-633-3106) if the siren is not heard in their area of residence. Thank you for your cooperation
Complete list of localities (according to alphabetical order):
Even Yehuda, Avihayil, Eyal, Ilanot, Udim, Ahituv, Elyachin, Elyashiv, Amatz, Arsuf, Be’erotayim, Bahan, Borgeta, Beit HaLevi, Beit Herut, Beit Hazon, Beit Yehoshua, Beit Yanai, , Ganim, Hadar, Hadasim, HaMa’apil, Haogen, Zemer, Bat-Chen, Bat Hefer, Bat Hefer, Geulim, Geula Yemen, Givat Hayim Ihud, Givat Haim Meuhad, Havatzelet HaSharon, Hagla, Hibat Zion, Hof HaSharon, Hofit, Haniel, Harav Leat, Harutzim, Herut, Taibe, Tira, Yad Hanna, Yanuv, Yaaf, Yakum, Kokhav Yair, Kfar Hess, Kfar Haroeh, Kfar Vitkin, Haim, Kfar Yedidya, Kfar Yona, Kfar Yavetz, Kfar Monash, Kfar Netter, Lev HaSharon, Mevo Ein Hahoresh, Ein Vered, Ein Sarid, Emek Hefer, Emek Hefer Industrial Park, Porat, Emek Hefer, Emek Hefer, Zeran, Kalansua, Kiryat Shlomo, Ramat Hakovesh, Rishpon, Shoshana Amakim, Shaar Efraim, Shefayim, Tel Yitzhak, Tel Mond, Tnuvot

French film festival – 14 and 16 March 2019

At Arik Einstein Cultural Center (6 Benny Berman Street, Ir Yamim)
All films in French with English and Hebrew subtitles
Tickets at Heychal Hatarbut Ticket Offices, by calling 09-8308811
or at www.netanya-culture.co.il

Thursday, March 14
7:15 p.m. Lola & Her Brothers
Lola, Benoît, and Pierre are three siblings, and they couldn’t be more different. When it appears that the lives of the three seem to be pulling them apart, they will need to learn what they evidently always knew – that nothing is more important than family.  French with English and Hebrew subtitles
9:15 p.m. In Safe Hands
The fate and future of Theo, a day-old baby, are in the hands of the Child Welfare Service after his mother decided she could not raise him. Until they find a permanent solution, the temporary responsibility for caring for him goes to Jean (Gilles Lellouche) and his family, for foster care. Not far away, is Alice, who despite the many obstacles never gave up on her dream of being a mother. The paths of Jean, Alice and Theo will cross on an intimate, moving and delightful journey.
The film earned seven nominations for César Awards, including Gilles Lellouche being nominated for best actor.

Saturday night, March 16
8:00 p.m. In Your Hands 
Music is Mathieu Malinski’s secret. A break-in he committed with his friends from the suburbs leads him to jail. His sentence is converted to service work by Pierre, director of the National Conservatory, after he sees in Mathieu a gifted pianist, who might be his ticket into the national piano competition. In order to succeed in the competition that will change their fate, Mathieu and the countess will need to learn how to get past their prejudices.
12:22 a.m. Sink or Swim
A group of average men facing midlife crises decide to establish a local synchronized swimming group… for men!
What begins as a hobby and remedy for damaged masculinity quickly becomes preparation for the world championships when they hire a tough coach. The group discovers that actually the sport known as the most feminine of all brings out the masculinity they thought they had lost and provides the audience with an entertaining and heartwarming experience.

Join the fun – crazy Purim celebrations in Netanya Thursday 21 March 2019

Netanya celebrates Purim on 21 March – with a crazy “Adloyada” (literal English translation “until one doesn’t know”) based on the custom of being so happy (and often a little drunk) for the Jews being saved from death (by order of Haman) by Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of King Ahashverus, and Mordechai, her uncle.  No school, a family day, music, entertainment, kids and adults galore in fantastic innovative costumes, special exhibits, giant dolls, jugglers, clowns, 1,500 dancers from schools and dance groups – all in the spirit of an upside-down, confused and crazy world.

A street party for teenagers will take place on March 19 at the new Independence Square, which will turn between 12 – 4pm into a “paper square” with a variety of DJ’s and surprises.

On Thursday, March 21 from 12 – 3pm. down the length of Shalom Aleichem St. (from west to east – Ben Gurion Blvd. to Ben Zvi Blvd) with Yuval Hamebolbal (Crazy Yuval – entertainer).

Free shuttles back and forth will operate from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
* from Beit Feldman on Ben Gurion Blvd
* from the western parking lot of Netanya Stadium
* from the corner of Weizmann and Sokolov, near the public park
* from Neot Ganim Ovadia Park
* from Agamim neighborhood, 8 Agam Kinneret St., near the bus stop.

On Friday, March 22, a colourful ‘happening’ will take place in “Herzl Street mall” in the city centre (between Stampfer and Dizengoff) with dozens of street artists, stilt walkers , jugglers, live sculptures, drummers from Tremolo percussion center,  graffiti shows, dance groups, magic and children’s shows starring Livluvit, Nofiki, Nati and more.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Entrance is free – everybody’s invited!

International Women’s Week 4-12 March 2019

Netanya celebrates the International Women’s Week

With a variety of cultural and entertainment events, lectures and meetings with the leading women in Israeli society, including Lia Kenig, Yochi Brandes, Lucy Aharish, Dr. Yali Hashash.
–  ‘Homes host women’ – a stand-up comedy show with actress and entertainer Yael Levental,
–  The play ‘Mikveh’ produced by the Netanya Municipal Theater
–  A unique lecture at Planetanya on the differences between the male brain and the female brain by Prof. Yoram Yovel,
–  A unique tour to the Zanz neighborhood about the unique women in the community
–  Exhibitions, musical performances and more

As part of this week, a fashion fair showcasing designer clothes, bags and accessories including Ronen Chen, Cala, Laster and more.  In cooperation with the Netanya Branch of Israel Cancer Association:

5 March:   20:00  4 Raziel Street
7 March:   19:00-23:00 at 4 Raziel Street
10 March:  20:00 at 168 Ben Gurion Avenue
11 March:   20:00 at 6 Benny Berman Street (Ir Yamim)

More details and tickets for all events from the Netanya Culture Center 09-8308811

Throughout the week there will be exhibitions of work by students in the design arts track of Ort Guttman school in the portico of Heychal Hatarbut.

At the center of the events is the ‘Houses Host Women’ project, which has proven very successful. The series of events all around the city will open ‘Houses Host Women’ with a meeting, As Incredible as They Come (March 4), a funny meeting filled with female energy that relates to all women at the open house on Tzarfat Street.  On the same day, Mizrahi feminist activist,  Dr. Yali Hashash, will come to the open house on Kedoshei Bazlan St. and give a fascinating lecture on feminism, being Mizrahi and the power to change.

Lucy Aharish will close out the International Women’s Day events with her lecture, Not Apologizing at the Arik Einstein Cultural Center, Ir Yamim, and will talk about what it is like being a woman, independent, a Muslim Israeli from Dimona, along with the professional fulfillment being a journalist and news presenter in the Middle East (March 11).

All ‘Houses Host Women’ events start at 8:00 p.m. and cost NIS 35 per meeting. All other International Women’s Day events cost NIS 45-55.

Additional information and ticket at the Heychal Hatarbut box office 09-8308811 or on the website www.netanya-culture.co.il  (detailed information currently only in Ivrit)