Netzer celebrates and remembers the journey to independence

Channie Joseph Gordon (left) and maddie Ghaim Atash (right) with giant cookies from the Netzer stall

Netzer attended the Yom Hazikaron community commemoration for soldiers who fell in the fight to defend the State of Israel, and those who lost their lives to terror. 

The ceremony, organised by the youth, emphasised loss and remembrance and was very meaningful. Netzer and Bnei introduced the Yizkor (remembrance) blessing, calling to the stage Rabbi Emma Gottlieb and Rabbi Sam Thurgood to recite it in both Hebrew and English. Netzer and SAUJS focused on victims of terror, quoting the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion. The ceremony ended with communal kaddish and the national anthems of both South Africa and Israel.

The transition from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Haatzmaut demonstrates the importance of remembrance and mourning, before celebrating what we have and what we are grateful for. Netzer celebrated 75 years of Israel’s Independence, at the SAZF CC Yom Haatzmaut event, in a vibey atmosphere with Israeli music from the DJ and Herzlia choir; and entertainment by local band, GoodLuck. The setup at Herzlia worked very well, with many stalls and rides spread across the campus. The youth movements all ran stalls and participated in a youth march around the hall to the the stage where we danced.

By Ghaim Atash

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