Press Release – 26 February 2009

Invitation to bereaved families for involvement in the Yom Hazikaron Communal Commemoration for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror

Melbourne’s annual Yom Hazikaron Communal Commemoration is the time our community collectively grieves and honours Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror and can offer some solace to bereaved families and friends of the fallen.

The planning for this year’s Yom Hazikaron Commemoration is underway by a committee of communal co-hosts: Am Echad; AUJS; Caulfield Hebrew Congregation; Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria (COSV); Hagshama; Hamerkaz Ha’Israeli; JNF Victoria; Magen David Adom Victoria; UIA Victoria, the Victorian Union for Progressive Judaism (VUPJ) and WIZO Victoria, under the auspices and coordination of the Zionist Council of Victoria.
The Commemoration will be held on Monday April 27, 2009 at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton Campus. A particular feature of this year’s program will be the 40 year anniversary of the War of Attrition. The War of Attrition officially began in March 1969 following sustained conflict along Israel’s southern, northern and eastern fronts following the 1967 Six Day War. 1,424 Israeli soldiers were killed in action during this terrible period of war.

A most important aspect of the Yom Hazikaron Commemoration is direct involvement by community members who have lost a family member or friend in one of Israel’s wars or terrorist attacks. The sensitivity involved in this occasion means that participation in the ceremony will of course depend entirely on the family and may include the lighting a candle which is accompanied by the reading of a biography of the fallen, a photo in the program which every attendee receives and organised seating in the hall.

In order to include as many bereaved families and friends as possible, the co-hosting organisations invite you to contact Elly Shalev at the Zionist Council with information about the fallen family member or friend, at eshalev@zionismvictoria.org.au or call 03 – 9272 5519.

If you know of someone who has lost a member of their family or friend please forward them this message so that they too can be involved.

For more information contact:
Elly Shalev – Public Affairs Director, Zionist Council of Victoria 9272 5519

The Zionist Council of Victoria leads and encourages Jewish and Zionist activity and expression within Victoria, to represent the Jewish community, to promote and communicate Israel’s interests within the broader Victorian community and to promote Victoria’s relationship with Israel. For more information, visit the Zionist Council of Victoria website www.zionismvictoria.org.au