Documenting Israel's 1948 Generation

Yom Ha’Atzmaut 5780

From Remembrance to Independence:
Behind the Scenes of Israel’s Founding

Toldot Yisrael, in cooperation with the Rabbinical Council of America, has produced a complete ready-to-use one hour Yom HaZikaron-Yom Ha’Atzmaut program designed for congregations and communities to watch together. The program is built around eyewitness accounts to Israel’s founding by Harry Truman, Rabbi Norman Lamm, Yehuda Avner, and others. In addition, it includes inspiring words from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, and a moving El Maleh Rachamim by Shlomo Katz.

Additional resources:

  • facilitator’s guide with suggestions on how to use the program, as well as technical instructions for further personalizing the program and incorporating other community resources.
  • A pdf of the Yom Ha’Atzmaut supplementary prayers in Hebrew and English generously provided by Koren Publishers.

The following playlists contain additional films for Yom Ha’Atzmaut:

This program has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

Tova and Howard Weiser, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of their parents, Moshe and Dora Weiss and Gittel Weiser from Bergen Belsen (April 15, 1945) and Aharon Weiser from Ebensee (May 6, 1945);

Iris and Shalom Maidenbaum, in honor of their Kirschenbaum family heroes who settled, defended and established the State of Israel, and in memory of those who fell during Israel’s War of Independence:
Avraham Micha-el Kirschenbaum z”l (Yemin Moshe), Ya’acov Matri z”l (Beit Chanun), and Moshe Zylbersztejn z”l (Gush Etzion)