16 December 2019 - 18 Kislev 5780 - י"ח כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
Ohel Leah Synagogue celebrating Israel's 69th Independence Day of 1 May E-mail
To mark the day, the community was invited to take part in a festive Maariv (evening prayer) service including the Hallel prayer, with a guitar accompaniment.

However, before celebrations began in earnest, attendees took part in a ‘transition’ ceremony led by Assistant Rabbi, Itzik Sachs, marked the end of Israel’s Memorial Day – Yom Hazikaron and the move into Independence Day celebrations.

To mark the Memorial Day, community members were handed out a memorial candle with the name of a soldier or citizen who had died fighting for the State of Israel or through acts of terror. Readings were read by Alan Landau, Penina and Avi Nagar; and the memorial prayers were recited by Lior Dagan and Rabbi Sachs, where each person was invited to say the name written on their candle.

The Israeli flag was then raised to full mast by Elianna and Joe Diestel, hoisted to the top of the Ohel Leah synagogue building, marking the move to Yom Haatzmaut. A video of the Declaration of Independence was screened, followed by addresses by Rabbi Asher Oser and Sagi Karni, Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong.
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