Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day: Suggested Links for Learning and Commemoration

Synopsis of Yom HaZikaron:

Between Passover and Shavuot, Israel and world Jewry have three special days of memory and celebration: Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day; and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.  While these days are typically marked by community ceremonies and celebrations, gathering together is not possible this year.  The resources provided here will assist you in bringing your community together, online in new and meaningful ways.  

Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance) is Israel’s Memorial Day.  In the early years of statehood, memorials for soldiers who had fallen in the 1948 War of Independence were held on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.  After Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion appointed a special committee, the memorials were moved to the 4th Iyar, the day before Yom Ha’Atzmaut.   The day was anchored into Israeli law in 1963 with the passage of the Heroes’ Remembrance Day (War of Independence and Israel Defense Army) Law.  This law was amended in 1980 to Memorial Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars Law. 

Below please find suggested links and resources for creating a meaningful Yom HaZikaron this year:  

Project Based Learning Opportunity:

Students can compare and contrast Israel’s Memorial Day practices to those of the U.S. or Canada and reflect on these similarities and differences.  After exploring links below, students can be asked to research one individual’s contributions and sacrifices for Israel and its people and to present these to their peers.  


In Israel, there are two nationwide sirens that mark a moment of silence and reflections.  The first is at 8:00 PM on the evening before (April 27) and the second is at 11:00 AM the following morning.  Using the links below, consider having your community recreate the siren communally over Zoom


Students and families can either recreate this dance using Tik Tok or create their own Memorial Day dances using one of the songs below.