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Machal Overseas Volunteers Memorial to be Dedicated in Jerusalem 12/17/17

The Jerusalem City Council set Sunday, December 17, 2017 as the dedication date for the Machal Memorial now under construction adjacent to the Historic Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site. The striking sculpture (photo below) will honor the legacy of 4,800 Machal overseas volunteers who served in Israel’s War of Independence (1947-1949). The American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corp and the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation are collaborating with the Jerusalem City Council in the execution of this project. 

The day’s events will begin at 3:00 pm with an opening ceremony at the Western Wall (Kotel) followed by a Torch Relay Race commencing at 3:20 pm. Hundreds of officers and soldiers from various IDF units will participate. The route through Jerusalem will encompass many of the city’s renowned landmarks, winding up at the Machal Memorial on Machal Street.

The dedication program will start at 4:00 pm in the Ammunition Hill auditorium.  Prominent participants will include Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Yoav Galant, Minister of Housing and Construction, IDF and police commanders and heads of veterans organizations among others.  The Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony will take place at 4:30 pm with the traditional blessings, entertainment program and the unveiling of the Machal Memorial monument.  

The dedication program ends at 5:15 pm

To donate and be a part of the memorial, please go to Jewcer.

 

U.S. Contacts

Jerry Klinger - jashp1@msn.com

Donna Parker - donnakparker1@gmail.com

Si Spiegelman – spiegelsi@aol.com

 

Program Information (Israel)

Benny Katz, Director, IDF Relations/Liaison Department

Shirley - 0526994990

Moran - 0535222127

Mickey Marcus Memorial Service - Sunday, May 7, 2017

The 51st annual Mickey Marcus ceremony will take place on May 7, 2017 at the Jewish Chapel of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING COLONEL DAVID ‘MICKEY’ MARCUS AMONG THE 41 U.S. AND CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ISRAEL’S WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1947-1949).

10:00-10:50 - Coffee hour in the Chapel Social Hall.

11:00-12:15 - Memorial Service in the USMA Jewish Chapel led by Chaplains and choir; Jewish War Veterans-Rockland/Orange District presenting the Colors. CH (MAJ) David Ruderman(USMA) and guest rabbis officiating. 

PROGRAM:  To be announced. 

THEME: Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the "Exodus 1947" saga; the ship that launched the State of Israel. Bill Bernstein, who hailed from Passaic, N.J was the 2nd officer of the ship and the first American Machal volunteer to give his life in the creation of the State.

 

12:45-1:15 - USMA Military Cemetery. Honoring Col. David ‘Mickey’ Marcus  among the fallen volunteers in Israel’s War of Independence.

Mourners Kaddish and wreath-laying ceremony at the graveside. Firing Salute and Taps by the USMA Honor Guard. 

PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. 

WEST POINT SECURITY REQUIRES A GOVERNMENT-ISSUED PHOTO ID AT THE GATE.

Mickey Marcus Memorial Service - Sunday, April 17, 2016

The 50th annual Mickey Marcus ceremony will take place on April 17th at the Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING COLONEL DAVID ‘MICKEY’ MARCUS AMONG THE 41 U.S. AND CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ISRAEL’S WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1947-1949).

Program

10-10:50 - Coffee hour in the Chapel Social Hall

11:00-12:15 - Memorial Service in the USMA Jewish Chapel led by Chaplains and choir Jewish War Veterans-Rockland/Orange District presenting the Colors. CH (MAJ) Henry Soussan (USMA) and guest rabbis officiating. 

Musical renditions by the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir, SAR High School Choir and Shapiro Family Choir.

Tribute to the Czechoslovak People; Recalling their Support During Israel’s War of Independence

Message from the State of Israel: Ambassador Ido Aharoni

Distinguished Guests: 

Consul General of the Czech Republic: Hon. Martin Dvořák

Consul General of the Slovak Republic: Hon. Jana Trnovcova        

                                                                              

12:45-1:15 - USMA Military Cemetery. Honoring Col. David ‘Mickey’ Marcus  among the fallen volunteers in Israel’s War of Independence.

Mourners Kaddish and wreath-laying ceremony at the graveside. Firing Salute and Taps by the USMA Honor Guard. 

PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

Valid photo ID such as driver’s license, passport or college ID must be shown at the gate by everyone.  Minors will be vouched for by adults.

Contacts: rafi_marom@hotmail.com      donnakparker1@gmail.com      spiegelsi@aol.com          

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