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It’s Yom Ha’atzmaut! Israelis everywhere are enjoying a beautiful Independence day with traditional activities, BBQ, watching the flyover, and fireworks. There has been a lot of talk regarding fireworks since it’s deafening and traumatic for many army veterans, birds, and other wildlife. Several cities have canceled their firework presentations or limited them and instead will be using laser light shows or coordinated drones. #goodmove

The FM of Russia commented that Hitler had Jewish blood. That sent the Israeli foreign ministry into a tizzy of condemnations. The Russian FM doubled down, and now Russia and Israel aren’t getting along so well. #neverreallylikedthemanyway


On the eve of Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics published population data. Israel stands with a population of 9,506,000. The number breaks down to 7.02 million Jews, 73.9% of the total. 2 million Arabs, slightly more than 20%, and 478,000 others making up 5% of the population. About 79% of Israelis are native. Since last year’s Independence Day, 191,999 babies have been born, and 38,000 people made Aliyah. That is the largest number of new immigrants in 20 years. #israel74

Finally, this newsletter was written on Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day, the day that we remember and pay homage to our fallen soldiers and those that have lost loved ones in terror attacks. It’s a tough emotional day that mixes with Independence day in the afternoon, and by evening we switch to full celebration mode. Sadness turns to joy.

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8 fun and fascinating facts surrounding Israel’s founding

As Israel celebrates 74 years of independence, we take a look at the bizarre debates, events and even architecture that marked its earliest days.

Israel’s Memorial Day starts with moment of silence, Western Wall ceremony

Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) officially began at 8 pm Tuesday night with the sound of the siren for one minute followed by a ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Tel Aviv cancels Independence Day fireworks show

Culture and Sports Minister Chili Tropper welcomed the decision to cancel the fireworks show.

Bold next-gen Israeli influencers sway public opinion

Young Israeli TikTokers and Instagrammers are serving as unofficial ambassadors to the world, whether they choose to or not.By Jonathan Frenkel MAY 2, 2022, 1:40 PM

20 celebrities with unexpected connections to Israel, from Will Smith to J-Lo

Bet you didn’t know that Pamela Anderson hosted the Israeli ‘Dancing with the Stars’ or that Leonard Cohen sang for troops in the Yom Kippur War.

Recipe of the Week: Israeli Salad!

This independence day, prepare a simple and delicious staple of israeli cooking. Also learn how this became such an Israeli salad.


Smiles Of The Week

Happy Birthdays

Adin Linden C/O Aliza Zeff

Perel Jacobson

Devora Wakslak

Lynn Rothstein

Phyllis Ellen

Leemor Waldman

Hannah Cons

Elisheva Sacks

Hudi Yarmove

Benjamin Merkin

Debbie Dachs

Malka Drang

Naomi Faham

Hillel Schwab

Miss and Love You

Emily Aminov

Dr. Stacy Kamer

Thank You

Ayelet Lazarovitch

Refael Bitton

David & Dalit Sommer

Happy Mother’s Day

Rivka Walk

Mrs. Liana Brown

Yael Pinsky

Happy Anniversary

Ora Gutfreund


Bella Shemesh

David, Dov & Family Meyer

Shum And Goldie Katz & Family Katz

Gadi Ezra