Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) will host virtual celebrations of the birthday of the state of Israel. On Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. EST, there will be a virtual Yom HaZikaron commemoration, and on Wednesday, April 29 at noon EST, a virtual Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration. The events, which will last about an hour, are part of FIDF’s temporary digital alternative to community events and galas across the United Statesthat have been postponed due to Covid-19.
Taking part in the virtual Yom HaZikaron ceremony will be FIDF National Board Member of Miami, Dr. Shmuel Katz, who will recite the Yizkor, and FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir. Songs will be performed by Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, the IDF’s Chief Cantor, and the IDF Musical Ensemble.
Reciting the Kaddish will be Alon Carmeli, father of Sean Carmeli z”l from Texas, who was killed during IDF’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Carmeli z”l was a lone soldier, who voluntarily enlists in the IDF without immediate family in Israel.
Among the speakers at the virtual Yom Ha’Atzmaut event will be Brig. Gen. Rotem Yaniv, FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, and Cpl. Michael, a lone soldier from the Boston area. The IDF Musical Ensemble will perform with Eden Alena, an active soldier who will represent Israel in the next Eurovision Song Contest. Comedian and former lone soldier Joel Chasnoff will emcee the ceremony.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) launched “FIDF Engage,” a free, virtual event series and online portal, to provide official information and connection to IDF soldiers and Israeli officials amid the coronavirus outbreak. Visit often to access the latest FIDF news, plus exclusive briefings, community events and webinars, all available to you on the FIDF website.