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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 20, 2018 Israeli soldiers at a ceremony on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. who gave the ultimate sac- the official ceremonies hon- rifice for the Jewish home- oring the fallen, there's no land--chances are you will way to sleep through the never forget it. siren sounding across the Even if you somehow miss Jewish state at 8 p.m. and By Deborah Fineblum (JNS)--If you've ever been in Israel for Yom Hazikaron-- the Memorial Day for those A global then again at 11 the next morning. At that moment, Israelis everywhere freeze in mid-air--mid-bank deposit, mid-math lesson, mid-email or mid-carpool--while traffic screeches to a halt, and folks climb out of their cars and stand completely silent. Both instances represent a long minute of stillness in a country not known for its reticence, when the entire nation of Israel stops to re- member the 23,632 soldiers and security forces who have given their lives to defend the State of Israel. 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"Yizkereim: Honor Israel's "Most Israelis have lost Fallen" is scheduled for Yom someone," says his younger Hazikaron, on April 17 at the sister, Tzadika Mizlavi. So Queens Museum in Queens, when asked to participate in N.Y the same building where a new project to honor the the United Nations voted to 23,632 for Israel's 70th an- approve Israeli independence niversarythis spring, Mizlavi, back in 1947. a teacher at the Shulamith Rabbi Joel Landau of San School for Girlsin Brooklyn, Francisco's Adath Israel N.Y was quick to say "yes." Congregation had an extra "Notonlyisitspecialforme, motivation for pledging his but we really want our girls congregants to honor 100 to understand the sacrifices fallen soldiers: He served in madesowecouldhaveIsrael," the Israel Defense Forces in saysMizlavi, whowas24when the 1980s and saw friends die her brother was killed. "I'll forthecause."Butbesidesmy never forget my father saying personal connection, I believe at the shiva: 'May he be the Israel is the land of all Jews, last to die.'" and these are our boys who 'Keeptheirmemoriesalive' died for our homeland. They This year, in addition to paid the price for all of us, so established traditions, a new we owe them a huge debt of way exists for Jews around the gratitude." globetohonorthesefallenhe- It's especially powerful, roes. By this Yom Hazikaron adds the rabbi, when families onAprill7-18,eachoneofthe take on the project together, 23,632 should have at least "when it's not their teachers one kind or sacred act done or their rabbi, but their par- in his or her memory, ents showing how important Launched in February, Israel and these heroes are by "Yizkereim: Honor Israel's doingsomethingmeaningful Fallen" (Yizkereim is Hebrew as a family in their memory." for "remember them") has 'We're one people' already collected more than At 37, Olami CO0 David 21,000 acts of chesed ("kind- Markowitz is too young to ness"), be it public service, recallmostofthewarsthatre- prayer, Torah learning or sulted in these casualties, but tzedakah ("charity") by a Jew old enough to appreciate the somewhere intheworld inthe impact their sacrifice has on memory of the fallen, contemporary Jewry. And, like Aprojectoftheinternation- other Olami partnership pro- al Jewish outreach organiza- grams--connecting 25,000 tion Olami, in partnership students and young adults to with the Afikim Foundation Jewish engagement, learning and Israel's Ministry of Di- and practice each week--the aspora Affairs, Yizkereim Yizkereim campaign is also is designed to "keep each active on college campuses. soldier's memory alive with "When we get to know about positive actions done in their our fallen soldier's life and memory," says Karen Hoch- then we grow ourselves in berg, who runs community some way Jewishly to honor programmingforAfikim."I'm him, it pulls Diaspora Jews soimpressedwiththecreative and Israelis together," says andcaringactionspeoplehave Markowitz. "It reminds us already performed." that we're one people." When they're posted on the To maximize participation, website (www.honorisraels- thewebsite hasbeen translat-,bereavedfamilies ed into Russian, Spanish and canreadabouttheseactsdone French, along with Hebrew in their loved one's name. And and English. hundreds of them, Hochberg This project is a rare op- reports, have asked to be portunity for Diaspora Jews connected with the Diaspora to honor Israeliswho've made Jews who are honoring their thegreatestsacrifice, stresses fallen soldier. Michal Nordmann, a Tel Aviv Thoughmanyofthesegood mother of three who moved deeds are planned, Steven to Israel five years ago and Grutman's tribute to Shlomo now directs communications Ashkenazi was a spontane- for Olami. "When we lived in ous one. Strolling through America, therewasnosirenon the streets one afternoon in this day, no ceremony where Washington, D.C the Univer- we could sing"Hatikvah"with sityofMarylandjuniorspieda a thousand other Jews," she man who appeared homeless says. "These soldiers gave up and hungry. "I told him I was their lives not so we'd have a going to get some dinner and nice place to vacation, but so didhewanttocomewithme." we would have our ancient The man quickly accepted, homeland back--a place that adding that he'd never eaten all Jews around the world can Mexican food before but was call home." willing to try. Educator Mizlavi of New Over dinner, the man said York says that "to have a he'd been out of work for a Jewish teen inAmerica doing few years. "And he loved the something in the name of our Mexican food,"adds Grutman. brother so many years later, it "Feedinghimfeltliketheright means so much. None of us thing to do in this soldier's ever dreamed something like memory." this would happen." To date, some 190 schools, To sign up your family, congregations and groups had school, club or congregation signed on to the project, and for Yizkereim, visit: honoris- more than 21,000 positive ac-