Lev Haolam LIVE at the 50th Jerusalem Day Flag March [photo: Aviva Morris].
This year, Jerusalem Day (or Yom Yerushalayim in Hebrew) falls on the eve of Saturday, May 12 and the day of Sunday, May 13. Jerusalem Day is a national holiday in Israel, which commemorates the aftermath of the Six-Day Way in 1967, where Israel regained control of the Old City and reunified Jerusalem. The holiday is observed by memorial services, state ceremonies, and, of course, celebrations including musical performances, shows, and colorful parades.
The celebrations taking place this year, in honor of the 51st Jerusalem Day, include:
- A Thanksgiving Assembly at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva on the evening of May 12, including prayer and dance.
- The Israeli radio station Galgalatz’s Transparent Studio will broadcast from the Ben Yehuda Pedestrian Mall between the hours of 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with Galgalatz’s leading artists, singers, and broadcasters.
- A reception hosted by the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, and his wife at the Tower of David Museum.
- The student unions in the city, in cooperation with the Culture Department of the Jerusalem Municipality, will hold the Jerusalem Student Festival at a huge event with performances by the best artists in Sacher Park, which include: Lucille Crew, HaTikvah 6, Eden Ben Zaken, HaDag Nahash with Hanan Ben Ari, Balkan Beat Box, Skazi, and Silent Disco.
- The Jerusalem Theater is presenting a special performance marking Jerusalem Day.
- Free tours by the Jerusalem Municipality Visitor Center, which covers the city’s borders between the years 1948-1967, pictures in stone, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, mayors and IDF parades. A spectacular view from City Hall, and entrance to the model of the city – The Model House.
- A festive morning prayer will be held at the Armon Hanatziv Promenade
- The Annual “Flag Dance” Parade, which includes tens of thousands of people from all over the world marching, dancing, singing, and waving of flags. Concludes with an assembly at the Western Wall.
Ceremonies and Official Events include:
- A memorial service for the Ethiopian community on Mount Herzl.
- Official memorial service for the fallen soldiers of the Six Day War on Mount Herzl.
- Memorial services for the combatants near the Paratroopers’ Memorials and the assembly of veterans of the Paratroopers Brigade and the soldiers will be held at Ammunition Hill, Wadi Joz, Derech Shechem, Lions’ Gate, and the Rockefeller Museum.
- An official ceremony commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem on Ammunition Hill in the presence of the President of Israel, the Prime Minister, government ministers, the Mayor, the Chief Of Staff, the police commissioner and the bereaved families. This program includes lighting bonfires of the different combat brigades and an artistic performance.
We hope that all of our friends and partners around the world have a festive Jerusalem Day. We encourage all to send pictures to Lev Haolam of your local celebrations! Wishing everyone an exciting and safe Jerusalem Day!