As May approaches, the Jewish community worldwide gears up to commemorate two significant events in Israel’s history: Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day). This year, as we mark 76 years of Israel’s existence, the Phoenix Jewish community is coming together to honor the memories of the lives lost and celebrate the remarkable journey of the Israeli nation.

On May 12th, Shevet Shemesh will host a solemn yet poignant gathering to observe Yom Hazikaron at Temple Chai in Phoenix. This event is dedicated to honoring the fallen soldiers and victims of terror who have sacrificed their lives for the safety and security of Israel. The event will provide a space for reflection, remembrance, and solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones. Together, we will pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Israel Memorial Day 2024

Following Yom Hazikaron, on May 13th, the Phoenix Jewish community will transition from mourning to celebration with an event titled “Honoring the Fallen, Celebrating the Promise: A Night of Learning Together in Honor of Israel at 76.” Hosted by the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, this gathering symbolizes the spirit of resilience and hope that defines Israel’s journey. Through learning, discussion, and sharing, participants will explore the legacy of Israel’s founders and the enduring values that have shaped the nation’s identity. It will be a night of inspiration, unity, and renewed commitment to the promise of Israel. To learn more, click here.

Board of Rabbis Honoring the Fallen, Celebrating the Promise:


As the week culminates, on May 15th, the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC) invites all members of the community to join in a joyous celebration of Israel’s 76th Independence Day. The “Israel at 76 Community-wide Celebration” promises to be a vibrant and festive event, featuring music, food, cultural performances, and activities for all ages. It will be a time to come together as a community, to celebrate Israel’s achievements, diversity, and unwavering spirit.

Israel at 76


These events serve not only as moments of commemoration and celebration but also as reminders of the enduring bonds that connect the Jewish community with the land of Israel. As we honor the memories of the past and rejoice in the present, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting and standing in solidarity with Israel, ensuring a future of peace, prosperity, and fulfillment of its promise.

In a world often fraught with challenges, Israel remains a beacon of hope and resilience—a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people. As we gather to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Haatzmaut, let us draw strength from the past and inspiration from the future, united in our shared commitment to Israel and its people.

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