From grief to celebration
Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut

From grief to celebration

Next week, the Jewish community in Sydney will come together to mark Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Evie Sidhu (left) and Juliet Kacen enjoy last year's Yom Ha'atzmaut carnival. Photo: Gareth Narunsky
Evie Sidhu (left) and Juliet Kacen enjoy last year's Yom Ha'atzmaut carnival. Photo: Gareth Narunsky

The Jewish community will mark two inextricably linked commemorations – one celebratory and one sombre – next week.

Yom Hazikaron honours Israel’s fallen soldiers as well as recalling those murdered in acts of terror; a list which has sadly grown in recent weeks. In Israel, it is customary to gather with family, to hear the stories of the fallen who come from all walks of life, from many nations in the world who all came to serve in the Jewish homeland.

The Zionist Council of NSW (ZCNSW)’s Yom Hazikaron ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 6.30pm at Moriah College auditorium.

ZCNSW president Rodney Naumburger said the day “is of utmost importance”.

“I urge the community to come to the remembrance ceremony and pay their respects and show their support to the more than 23,000 families of the fallen and victims of terror,” he said.

As the page turns from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut, the community will transition from grieving with Israel to celebrating – appreciating first-hand Israel’s achievements.

It is a time to be proud of the strong and sovereign country that serves as a refuge and the cultural centre for Jewish communities worldwide.

Naumburger urged the community to come together in celebration of the Jewish homeland on Yom Ha’atzmaut, celebrating the 74th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel.

“We need to show our support by celebrating this important milestone of Israel,” he said.

ZCNSW’s Yom Ha’atzmaut family carnival will be held on Sunday, May 8 from 11am to 2pm at The Venue in Alexandria.

The free family carnival will feature food, drinks, coffee, free rides, games, market stalls, activities and more. ZCNSW has also secured exclusive hire of Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, adjacent to The Venue. Members of the community can purchase an all access pass for only $18, with each ticket giving one hour of unlimited game time.

“I urge people to bring their children and grandchildren to our free community event where they can sing and dance, enjoy our fun fair with free rides, visit our communal shuk, eat a delicious, and kosher, meal and more,” Naumburger said.

“Next door, we encourage the kids to take a ticket to the popular games arcade Archie Brothers which is a smorgasbord of games and fun.”

Register for Yom Hazikaron

Register for Yom Ha’atzmaut carnival/purchase Archie Brothers pass

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