April 21, 2017 | 25th of Nisan, 5777
Gearing Up for Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut at MJDS
With Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut coming up, students and staff have started gearing up for a season of remembrance. The seventh and eighth graders have been working tirelessly to plan meaningful Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron ceremonies so that our school can honor the memories of those who died in the Shoah and those who sacrificed their lives for Israel.
According to Rabbi Donniel Hartman, these three holidays are the "High Holidays" of Israel. They reunite us as a Jewish people, as a nation.
At MJDS we strive to pass on the great responsibility of remembering and honoring the sacrifices and achievements of our people. Here are some of the ways that we will be marking these important holidays, both inside and outside of our school building:
Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m. - Come hear our talented Glee Club students perform at the community Yom HaShoah ceremony at the JCC. Here is a preview of our amazing talent getting ready for Sunday.
Monday, April 24, 10 a.m. - Our eighth graders will lead a meaningful tekes (ceremony) for younger students (fourth grade and up) to honor the memory of all who perished in the Holocaust. Parents and community members are invited to join us at MJDS.
Yom HaZikaron: Israel’s Day of Remembrance
Sunday, April 30, 6 p.m. - Come to the community Yom HaZikaron ceremony and hear our fourth and fifth graders sing a powerful song of remembrance with Glee Club students at the JCC.
Monday, May 1, 9 a.m. - Seventh graders will lead a special Yom HaZikaron ceremony in the beit midrash at MJDS for third through seventh graders. Parents and community members are invited to join us.
Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel’s Independence Day
Tuesday, May 2 – Throughout the day, our school will be celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut including a special Israeli lunch! In order to get their food, students will have to "purchase" each item at the Machane Yehuda Market, commonly called the “shuk."
Students will then pass through Safed, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea, learning something new about Israel at each destination. The day will end with a special Israeli song session!
Sunday, May 7, 4 – 6:30 p.m. – Show your support during Wisconsin’s largest celebration of Israel. Join other MJDS families in the two-mile solidarity Walk for Israel in the downtown area and continue the celebration with food, music and family friendly activities. Free shirt for participants! For more information and sign-up CLICK HERE.
Dress code: in order to create a special mood in the building, we encourage people to dress in black and white for Yom HaShoah (Monday, April 24) and Yom HaZikaron (Monday, May 1). Please wear any Israeli-themed gear and/or blue and white on Yom Ha'atzmaut (Tuesday, May 2).
Jewish Life Coordinator