Memory is an integral part of Judaism and once again it comes to the fore when Jewish communities around the world commemorate Yom Hazikaron together with Israel . It is a day to pay tribute to Israel ‘s soldiers who gave their lives to protect and build Israel into what it is today, whilst we also mourn Israel ‘s victims of terror. We express our gratitude to those who ensured Israel ‘s independence and her continued existence. 64 years since Israel ‘s Independence we had hoped that we would only have to remember the fallen of the past and celebrate only with joy Israel ‘s achievements. Unfortunately our soldiers and civilians are still at risk, sadness and tragedy is still upon us.
Once a year in Israel the country stops. It stops to remember. It stops to honour the fallen and the brave. Restaurants and shops close, television stations dedicate their air time to documentary films on Israel ‘s wars and the names of the fallen scroll down the screen for what seems like hours on end. Academic and governmental institutions participate in solemn ceremonies as does the Israeli Defence Force. Soldiers from all over the country walk to Mount Herzl and other military cemeteries to pay their respects – and cry – and stop, for one moment to say goodbye.
And the ordinary Israeli citizen stops too, as almost every one in Israel has known or lost someone to war, or terror. At 11:00am everyone stops what they are doing, people get out of busses, cars pull over to the side of the road as the shrill siren brings life to a halt.
Yom Hazikaron in Melbourne, on 25 April 2012, gives our community a chance to stop too, take a moment and express our collective and personal anguish mingled with honour for the fallen. On this most important day, the Zionist Council of Victoria calls upon the members of the community to show their solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel.
Yom Hazikaron Commemoration
Held annually, the Yom Hazikaron (remembrance day) Communal Commemoration sees the community pay tribute to Israel ‘s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Bereaved families and all members of the community are invited to attend the ceremony.
The ceremony is held 24 hours preceding Yom Ha’atzmaut ( Israel ‘s Independence Day) in order to emphasize the lasting tie between the sacrifice of the country’s fallen and the continued existence of a vibrant and dynamic State of Israel.
Details of Melbourne Commemoration
The ceremony will be held at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton Campus.
Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 7:45pm (doors open at 7:00pm)
The ceremony will be held in both Hebrew and English with translations provided.