As we go through the season of the counting of the Omer, there are several Holidays/Remembrance days that are celebrated. We feel the depths of Yom HaShoah; we feel the heights of Yom HaAtzmaut. However, as Olim (new immigrants), it seems to me that we have the hardest time relating to Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day dedicated to Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror. Most of us did not serve in the army, nor did our fellow Olim. We only meet the face of the army when our children are drafted. We are, thankfully, missing the personal connection that unfortunately many native-born Israelis have with the day.
And with the place. Our children may visit Har Hertzl, site of the National Military Cemetery, with their high school in preparation for their Poland trip, as part of their youth group, with their army unit, but we do not share those experiences. Perhaps, when someone comes to visit, we may take them on their second or third visit to the Hertzl Museum, but we do not spend time wandering around the cemetery itself.
Here’s your chance. Why should you dedicate a morning to a cemetery? Because cemeteries tell stories of people’s lives and a National Cemetery tells the story of a Nation’s developing life. This month I would like to share with you some of the life stories of people who are buried in Har Hertzl military cemetery, with a special eye towards our experiences and realities as Olim.
Tour date: Sunday, April 21, Iyar 11
Tour start: 9:30 a.m. at entrance to Har Hertzl
Tour end: approx. 12:30 p.m.
Approximate travel time: 40 minutes, participants are responsible for their own transportation (I can help organize carpools).
No entrance fees. Guiding fee is 50 NIS per person.
You need to wear good walking shoes, a hat and bring water. This is a walking tour – we will be walking all morning.
If you are interested, please e-mail me to let me know. This tour will only run with a minimum of 8 people so tell your friends to contact me!