Yom Ha’atzmaut 2021
April 15–18

The virtual celebration of Israel from near and far.
Enjoy three days of virtual events! All events are FREE.


For questions, contact Steve Mintz at stevem@minnesotajcc.org / 952.381.3436

Presented in partnership with the
Minnesota JCC, the St. Paul Jewish Federation, the Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, JCRC and Partnership 2gether + Jewish Agency for Israel.



Also! VIRTUAL Yom Hazikiron (Israel Memorial Day)
Three unique events to remember Israel’s Fallen Soldiers – April 11,13 and 19.

The Masa Yom HaZikaron Virtual Memorial Ceremony | Yom HaZikaron—Commemoration Series Pt. 1 | Yom HaZikaron—Commemoration Series Pt. 2

JFNA Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

6 PM • LIVE Virtual Event

Join us for a celebration across the country with the Jewish Federations of North America featuring a special farewell to Israeli President Reuben Rivlin.

Click here for details

Humans of Tel Aviv

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021
12 PM • LIVE Virtual Event

With a monthly reach of 500,000 people on social media (including tens of thousands from the Arab world), Humans of Tel Aviv offers a glimpse into the daily lives of total strangers in Tel Aviv. The project shows the complexity and extraordinary range of Tel Aviv, so viewers can better understand what makes the city tick! Join Erez Kaganovitz, the photographer, TEDx speaker and human behind the Humans of Tel Aviv, Humans of Israel, and Humans of the Holocaust projects. Erez will share his experience photographing more than 2,000 life stories each offering a fascinating window into the cosmopolitan city where tradition meets innovation and the past and present blend in a sizzling melting pot.

Israel’s Lone Soldiers: Searching for Jewish Identity with Photo Essayist Brant Slomovic

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021
10 AM • LIVE Virtual Event

Canadian photo-essayist, Brant Slomovic, considers the story of Lone Soldiers through portraits and a survey of Israel’s landscape. He asks where they came from, who they are, and why they sought out Israel as their home. Includes Q&A with Danielle Fink and facilitated conversation with Eilat Harel, along with families of soldiers who are currently (or recently) serving as lone soldiers. View Brant Slomovic’s work here.

Presented in partnership with
Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas

Of Two Minds: A Conversation with Comedian Elise Cole (US) & Meytal Ben Shlush (Israel)

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021
2 PM • LIVE Virtual Event

A lively discussion about the similarities and differences between Israeli and American humor, including topics such as parenting, relationships, daily life and more. Q & A to follow. Co-hosted by Shai Avny and Jonathan Eisenthal.


In partnership with Partnership 2gether + Jewish Agency for Israel

Jewish Rock Radio Presents:
All-Star Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021
5 PM • LIVE Virtual Event

Celebrate Israel Independence Day with Jewish Rock Radio featuring Israeli superstars, David Broza, Josh Nelson, Chava Mirel, Nefesh Mountain, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Rick Recht, Shimon Smith, Laurie Akers, Rabbi Lisa Silverstein, teens and college students from Israel, and special guest leaders including Dan Shapiro (Former US Ambassador to Israel), Rabbi Eric Fingerhut (President and CEO of JFNA), and more!