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Yom Hazikaron event to remember the fallen

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s official Memorial Day dedicated to fallen soldiers and victims of terror, will be observed in Tucson on Tuesday, May 7 with song and remembrances at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 6:30-8 p.m.

Enacted into Israeli law in 1963, Yom Hazikaron traditionally is observed by the sounding of a one-minute siren at 8 p.m. on the eve of the holiday and a two-minute siren at 11 a.m. the following day. When the alarm sounds, everything in Israel comes to a respectful standstill.

At the local ceremony, the Tucson Hebrew Academy choir will perform. There will be stories of fallen soldiers and a historical exhibition. Community rabbis will offer traditional memorial prayers, including the Mourner’s Kaddish.

The Weintraub Israel Center, a partnership between the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Jewish Community Center, hosts the free commemoration. The program is not recommended for young children. For more information, go to www.jfsa.org or call 577-9393.

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