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.


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

International Space Week lands in Israel and arrives at Planetanya

Hebrew lectures, on the subject – Space Unites the World

Wednesday, 10/10/18 at 20:00

TED style inspirational lectures by
Ran Livne, Director General of the Ramon Foundation
Dr. Igal Fattal Astronomer
Dr. Marcus Hilsenert Astrophysicist
Victor Bar Director of Asteroid Day in Israel

Lectures at 21:30, 21:45, 22:00

Star Show – A journey through the night sky of Space Week – Hosted by Nadav Rotenberg, Chairman of the Israel Astronomy Society

Participation in the event is by pre-registration on the website, free of charge, the number of places is limited.  The event is for adults, astronomy enthusiasts and space lovers

The event was organized by the Ramon Foundation, the Horizon Educators’ Association and the Israel AstronomySociety


New bus route from Ramat Poleg/Ir Yamim to Tel Aviv Central Bus Station

Finally a bus line from Ir Yamim and Ramat Poleg to the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station.

The photos shows the scheduled route of the 623 out of Ir Yamim and Ramat Poleg and the timetable.

The route out is: Lilach, Savidor, Amnon v’Tamar, Berman (soon), Uzi Hitman, Ehud Manor, Zalman Shazar, Udim and Tel Aviv

On the way back – the same track – Udim, Zalman Shazar, Lilach, Savidor, Amnon V’Tamar, Berman (soon), Uzi Hitman, Ehud Manor, Shosh Atari.

Apparently new routes to follow from additional neighbourhoods to follow. We await details and will let you know


The end of the bathing season at Netanya’s beaches

PSA. End of swimming season in Netanya

Dear Netanya Residents,
We have completed the swimming season this year.  Some of Netanya’s beaches, and lifeguard stations, will be phased out as follows:

On 8th October 2018 these stations will close:
• Sanz Beach Station #2.
• Poleg North Beach Station #10.

The rest of the beaches will be closed for bathing on October 14th, 2018
• Bluebay Beach Station #1.
• Seasons Beach (Onot) Station #3.
• Contiki Coast Amphitheater Station #4.
• Sironit Beach A, Station #6.
• Argaman (Lagoon) Beach Station #9.

On October 15, all beaches will be closed due to lifeguards debriefing day due to the end of the swimming season.

The following “Winter” life guard stations will operate from 16th October until 31st October 2018:

• Herzl Beach Station #5.
• Poleg South Beach Station #11.

 


Sixteenth Annual Netanya Triathlon – Road Closures


Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. May 14-18, 2019

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May 14-18, 2019. This will be the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest has been hosted in Israel for 20 years, and the location has been confirmed as Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground. Eurovision in Israel will be a memorable event. So don’t miss it!

Eurovision 2019 in Israel – Dates

The contest’s first Semi Final will take place on May 14, while the second Semi Final on May 16. The Grand Final is scheduled for May 18, 2019.

How to get to 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?

Tel Aviv is the cultural and business centre of Israel, located 45 minutes by road from Israel’s main international airport, Ben Gurion. The list of airlines flying to Tel Aviv is extensive and includes leading low-cost companies such as easyJet, Wizz, and Ryanair who provide great connections from most European cities.

Where should I base myself ?

The weather in mid-May should be perfect for the beach, strolling the boulevards, and enjoying Israel. Basing yourself directly in the host city of Tel Aviv is likely to be the most popular option for Eurovision fans heading to Israel in 2019.

Whilst Tel Aviv is the host city of Eurovision, Netanya located just 25 minutes drive from Tel Aviv is a great option for you to find somewhere to stay for your Eurovision trip to Israel. Centrally located for travelling around Israel, with its beautiful beaches, promenade, and many entertainment centres, IPC Vacation Rentals has many great options available to suit all budgets.  Search here for availability and contact us today.

Tickets for Eurovision in Israel

Ticket information for Eurovision in Tel Aviv will be updated closer to the event date.

 


Information about Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October. This year Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of 9th September 2018.

Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.

According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the culmination of the creation of the universe and acceptance of God’s sovereignty over the world. These are also the days on which God judges people’s deeds throughout the year and decides their future for the coming year – death for the sinners, life for the pious and a repentance period until Yom Kippur for people whose status is uncertain.

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called “The Ten Days of Repentance,” during which people have the opportunity to atone for their sins.

Rosh Hashanah traditions and Customs

Prayer – Religious Jews attend lengthy synagogue services, and recite special prayers and liturgical songs written over the centuries. The versions of the prayers and liturgical songs vary slightly from one ethnic group to another.

Selichot (special penitential prayers) – During the week (or month, depending on the ethnic group) prior to Rosh Hashanah there are special “Selichot” prayers, requesting forgiveness and expressing remorse and repentance.
The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) – On Rosh Hashanah, 100 (or 101, depending on the ethnic tradition) shofar blasts are sounded in the synagogue, in single, triple and nine-blast groupings.
The shofar blasts are intended to symbolize God’s sovereignty over the world, to remind Jews of the giving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai, of Abraham and Isaac’s devotion to God, to arouse people to repentance and to herald the Day of Judgment and the coming of the Messiah. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, the shofar is sounded only on the second day.
Apple and honey – At the evening meal on Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat an apple dipped in honey and other sweet foods to symbolize a sweet new year.
Tashlich – On Rosh Hashanah afternoon it is customary to walk to a river, lakeshore or other open body of water, to shake out one’s pockets and symbolically cast one’s sins into the water. If you come to Israel during this period, it is worth going to see religious Jews performing this custom. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, Tashlich is performed on the second day.
New year greetings – Until a few years ago Jews in Israel (and around the world) used to send “Shana Tova” greeting cards to their friends and relatives wishing them health, happiness and prosperity for the new year. Today this custom has all but disappeared, as most Israelis prefer to use the telephone or e-mail. One way or the other, it is customary for Jews to wish everyone they meet during this New Year period a “Shana Tova” – a good new year.
Holiday meal – Even secular Jews who do not go to synagogue services usually have a holiday meal on the Rosh Hashanah evening, with fine wine, apple dipped in honey and other sweet dishes. It is customary to eat pomegranate, as a symbol of a plentiful year, the head of a fish, symbolizing the desire to keep ahead, and other symbolic foods.

Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.

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