Top 5 events in Israel – May 2014

Independence Hall

May 4-5 – Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance Day)/ All over Israel
Memorial Day begins with a 1 minute siren sounding at 8 p.m. on the 4th. The holiday honors Israeli soldiers who have fallen in combat, as well as victims of terror attacks. On the 5th, a siren will sound at 11 a.m. for 2 minutes. It is customary to stop whatever you are doing and observe a moment of silence. Ceremonies are held throughout the country.

May 5-6, 2014 – Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) / All over Israel

Following Yom Hazikaron, the country explodes into celebration;  this year marking 66 years of Israeli Statehood. The official state ceremony is broadcast live from Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.  Around the country, celebrations include firework and performances. The following day is all about BBQing and having a good time with family and friends.

May 8-17, 2014 – Doc Aviv Festival/ Tel Aviv
The 16th annual film festival is the only one of its kind in Israel; a festival devoted entirely to documentary filmmaking. Each year, Doc Aviv takes place in Tel Aviv at the Cinematheque. The festival includes panels with directors and producers, an Israeli completion and screenings of documentaries from around the world. Films explore subjects such as: politics, religion, human rights, relationships, migration, family, illness and sexuality.

May 16, 2014 – Euroleague Basketball Final Four/ All over Israel
While the big game is being played in Milan; it’s no small feat deal back home. This is the first year since 2005, that Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv has made it to the final four. They will be playing against CSKA Moscow, a team they’ve lost to in the past. The game will be broadcast live on TV and in most pubs.

May 23-June 22, 2014 – Israel Festival/Jerusalem
This year’s annual festival, already its 52nd year, features a variety of activities for the entire family. Artists from around the world perform at the festival alongside Israelis who use this venue as a place to premiere their new works. Most of the theater, dance and musical performances require advance tickets. Free events such as street theater and children’s shows will also take place around Jerusalem.

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