PHOTOS BY ANGIE BARN
At the Yom HaZikaron service at the JCC in West
Bloomfield, Jared Anstandig; 15, ofWest Bloomfield
reads names of those who have died defending Israel.
Darrien Sherman, 12, of Bloomfield Hills and Eli
Newman, 13, ofWest Bloomfield dressed to dance at
Hillel Day School's celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut.
Penny-Steger directs the Temple Shir Shalom Youth Choir,
which performed at the New Zimgah! song festival held
at Temple Emanu-El.
To Israel, With Love
From a solemn memorial to a joyous "gathering of exiles," Detroiters
mark Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut.
here's a reason Yom HaZikaron and Yom
HaAtzmaut are celebrated on successive
days. First, we solemnly remember those
who gave their lives so Israel could
become and remain a Jewish state. Then we join
together to celebrate Israeli Independence Day with
joy, song and dance.
Detroit's annual Yom HaZikaron remembrance
program, which included reading the names of all
who died to keep Israel alive, was held at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield on Sunday,
April 25. As 568 Detroiters on Federation's
Michigan Miracle Mission 4 stood in silence for two
minutes wherever they were in Israel, so did the
hundreds attending this program at the JCC —
each group hearing that wailing siren.
Yom HaAtzmaut celebrations came from various
quarters of our community, especially schools and
synagogues, where many marked the day by eating
Israeli foods, learning about Israel or hearing Israeli
songs sung by several youth choirs at the New
Zimryah! song festival at Temple Emanu-El. On
Monday, April 26, students at Hillel Day School of
Metropolitan Detroit dressed as Jews from the var-
ied countries that make up Israel's population.
Staff Photographer Angie Baan captured many of
the events and those reveling in the knowledge that
Israel is special.
— Keri tauten Cohen, story development editor