Birth of Israel

Great Scots: We are up for a party

By Stephanie Brickman, May 12, 2011

Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.

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Redbridge keeping up its 'proud tradition'

May 12, 2011

Young and old joined forces at Jewish Care's Redbridge Jewish Youth and Community Centre as a 250-plus crowd celebrated Yom Ha'atzmaut.

Drawing on more than 30 years' experience of Independence Day events, Nettie Keene observed: "Every year these celebrations get more enjoyable. There is a great community spirit and solidarity. It's a fantastic and fun night to be a part of."

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Hall of Fame: Arnold Schwarzenegger

May 12, 2011

"I would like to wish Israel another 63 years of great joy, peace and a thriving economy.

"I've had the pleasure of being there many times and have seen it from a bodybuilding point of view, from a tourist's point of view, from an entertainer's point of view, from the governor's point of view. I'm looking forwards to going there many more times."

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On this day: Israel joins the UN

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Almost a year after David Ben Gurion declared independence for the Jewish state; Israel was welcomed into the global club.

With something of a fraught relationship between the two since, it was nonetheless a positive step. Twelve countries voyted against welcoming the 59th members, including Afghanistan, India and Iraq, while nine, among them Britain, Denmark and Greece, abstained.

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Mumbai terror orphan launches Israel's independence day

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

The orphaned son of the Israeli couple killed during the Mumbai terror attack in 2009 helped open Israel's Independence Day celebrations.

Moshe Holtzberg, now four, was at the official ceremony at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl last night to light a torch marking 63 years since Israel's birth.

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Yom Ha'atzmaut 5771

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

British Jews party for Israel's 63rd birthday

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Israeli leaders remember casualties of war

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Shimon Peres has pledged that Israel would continue to seek opportunities for peace at a ceremony marking Israel's annual day of remembrance for its war dead and victims of terrorism.

The Israeli president was in Jerusalem for the start of Yom Hazikaron. As was customary, a siren was sounded to mark the day, prompting a moment of silence around the country.

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Dancing in the streets of Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011
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Israelis of all backgrounds- new olim, sabras, religious, secular, old and young - make a song and dance in honour of Israel's 63rd birthday. Video by Aish.com

Visit the JC's dedicated Israel 63 page here

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Israel, in the words of the stars

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The great and glamorous discuss the Jewish state.

Full coverage of Israel's 63rd birthday here

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Israel through the lens

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

"Israel Through the Lens" is a collaborative project to mark Yom Ha'atzmaut 2011 and enable people to celebrate their relationship with Israel.

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