Columbus, Ohio, Community Will Observe Yom HaZikaron


The Columbus Jewish community observance of Israel’s Memorial Day for soldiers and Terror Attack Victims, Yom HaZikaron, will be held at the JCC on College Avenue on Tuesday, April 24.

The doors will open at 7:00 pm so that people can tour an exhibit dedicated to fallen soldiers and terror victims. “There will be an exhibition leading to the auditorium that will highlight some of these many bereaved families. During the ceremony, we will unite with the grief of other families through prayers (read by community rabbis and cantors), video clips, personal stories, poems, and song,” said Eran Rosenberg, event chair.

The theme of this years program is “ Bereavement Strikes Twice.” The ceremony starts at 7:15 pm. It will include readings, a speaker, and a choir made up of singers from Agudas Achim, Beth Shalom, Beth Tikvah, Temple Israel, and Koleinu, the Jewish Community Choir.

The choir will sing ”The Star Spangled Banner” conducted by Gail Rose, and “Hatikva”, conducted by Cantor Jack Chomsky . Both are conductors for Koleinu, the Columbus Community Choir.

Cindy Leland from Agudas Achim wrote the arrangement for an Israeli memorial song. “The choir will sing a memorial song that is used in ceremonies in Israel, ‘Rikma Enoshit Achat ‘(We are all one human fabric) written by Moti Hamet,” said Leland.

The keynote speaker is Prof. Paul Liptz, a lecturer and professor at Tel Aviv University and Hebrew Union College. He has visited, lectured and conducted workshops in over twenty countries He has worked with many American groups as a Scholar in Central and Eastern Russia.       Liptz’s topic will be, “From Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut: Lost Lives for the Jewish State.”

Here is an excerpt from this years program: “We dedicate this Yom HaZikaron ceremony to those Israeli families who have lost their loved ones—more than one—parents who lost their two sons; a woman who lost her husband and her son; No death in the Israeli army is ever taken lightly. As we know, this is a place where every father, son, brother, cousin or boyfriend has to serve, but the tragedy of having more than one death in the same family is heartbreaking and apparent to all.”

In Israel, Yom HaZikaron begins in the evening marking a day of mourning and honoring the fallen, and ends the following evening, when Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day begins. A small committee organized this event: Eran Rosenberg, Noam Even, Community Shaliach (Israeli Emissary) for the Jewish Federation, and Sigi Even.

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