Yom Hazikaron service to honor fallen Israelis

The Weintraub Israel Center will hold its annual Yom Hazikaron memorial service in honor of fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The program will include an honor guard from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, prayers, songs and films. A dance performance will be dedicated to Karnit Goldwasser, the widow of Ehud Goldwasser, one of two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah in 2006, which sparked the second Lebanon War. Their bodies were returned to Israel in 2008 as part of a prisoner exchange. Karnit Goldwasser later campaigned to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Students from Hebrew High and Tucson Hebrew Academy will participate in the memorial service, along with the Kol Shirah Jewish Community Chorus, the Tucson Jewish Youth Choir, the Israel Center’s learn to sing in Hebrew choir Shirat HaShirim, local rabbis and members of the Tucson Jewish community.

Through April 25, the Weintraub Israel Center will present a special Yom Hazikaron exhibit at the JCC. The exhibit “invites the viewer to an artistic dialog with grief and memory,” says Guy Gelbart, director of the Israel Center.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ferrell at 577-9393, ext. 133 or israelcenter@jfsa.org, or friend Gelbart on Facebook at Tucson Shaliach Guy Gelbart.