Sol Tevél

  A day to remember, a day to celebrate

In Israel, one of the most festive days of the year comes right after one of the most solemn. Monday, April 15 is Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, which honors those killed by war or terror. It is followed the next day by Yom HaAtzmaut, which celebrates the birth of the Jewish state. Both days, which begin at sunset the evening before, highlight the sacrifices paid for Israel’s independence, and both will be observed by groups around the Bay Area. A Yom HaAtzmaut party in the Mission will feature Israeli band The Peatot and Hebrew roots band Sol Tevél. See calendar listings for more events.

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16 at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$20.


“Unto Every Person There Is a Name.” Annual memorial with special lighting of candles by Holocaust survivors at noon. At the George Segal Holocaust Memorial, 100 34th Ave., S.F. Free. (415) 752-9304.

Israel’s 65th birthday celebration. Keynote speaker Rosemary Schindler, great-niece of Oskar Schindler, plus video screenings and party. At Congregation Beth Ami, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa. 2 to 5 p.m. Free.

“Israel in Marin.” Festival for all ages modeled after tour of Israel. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Families with children 3 and under 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., main festival 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free.

Israel Memorial Day celebration. Ceremony with musical presentation. At Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free. (510) 318-6484.

Israel Independence Day celebration. Israeli food, dancing and booths. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 1 to 5 p.m. Free.


North Peninsula Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Israeli-style dinner, celebration and Israeli dancing. At Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. celebration $5. RSVP required for dinner to


Yom HaAtzmaut seder. Concept of a journey through time to explain the Zionist vision. At Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 6:30 p.m. $18.

Community Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. Travel through Israel’s varied regions, explore tech innovations and taste Israeli food. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4 to 10 p.m. Free.


“Blue and White Monday.” Yom HaAtzmaut celebration for young adults. At Drake, 598 Fourth St., S.F. 6 p.m. $10.