Israel at 73

At Central Synagogue

Israel at 73

If you will it – it is no dream.”

Theodor Herzl penned these words more than 50 years before the modern state of Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948. This year, we honor and celebrate the realization of this dream and Israel’s 73rd year as a sovereign nation. To commemorate this milestone, we are excited to offer a series of enriching programs on Israel. We hope you will join us as we rejoice, reflect, learn, listen resiliently, and engage in meaningful conversations and experiences in the coming days.

From Memorial to Celebration: Honoring Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:30 pm | Virtual

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and Cantor Daniel Mutlu come together with other Upper East Side clergy and leaders to observe Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, and then transition to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Join us for moving personal testimonies, words of inspiration, and songs of remembrance.
In partnership with NYC’S UES Jewish community.

Register here.


Israeli National Holy Days: Jewish Space and Time in Israel 2021/5781 (Two-Part Series)

Thursdays, April 8 and 15, 2021 1:00–2:15 pm | Zoom

With Tour Guide Mike Hollander

Explore how Israel created sacred space and time in the early years of independence in this special two-part program led by Central tour guide Mike Hollander.

First Session: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Explore Mount Herzl (Mount of Remembrance) in Jerusalem, a site dedicated to commemorating the Shoah, great Zionist leaders, and the heavy price of Jewish sovereignty. 

Second Session: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Delve into the evolution of three national Israeli holidays—Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut—and the sacred ten-day period which is a cornerstone to understanding the expression of Jewish sovereignty in Israel.

Register here.


Shabbat Service in Honor of Israel’s Independence

Friday, April 16, 2021, 6:00–7:15 pm | Virtual

With prayer and song we will mark Israel’s Memorial Day and the anniversary of Israel’s independence during our Shabbat evening services.

You can watch our Shabbat services via livestream – click here for more ways to join.




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