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The Herzl Museum is located atop of Har Herzl (Mount Herzl). Har Herzl is a military cemetery and also the burial site of many great Israeli leaders including Yitzhak Rabin and Golda Meir. Theodor Herzl’s tomb is the center of attraction on the Mountain.

The museum details the life of Theodor Herzl, and it describes the many contributions he made to the Zionist cause. An hour-long video creatively portrays the motivations and visions of the Zionist leader. Harsh anti-Semitic sentiments in both Europe and the United States led to Theodor Herzl’s pursuit of an entirely Jewish state.

While the film and the museum depict the greatness of the Israeli cause, they do not pretend that Israel is the perfect state. The film also notes the work that needs to be done to fulfill the original goals of Zionism.

The Herzl Tomb is located on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

May 5th. Fireworks go off over a song and dance routine at the rehersal for the National Yom Ha'atzmaut Yom Ha'zikaron changeover ceremony.  National Rememberence day goes from seven pm day one to seven pm day two; Independence day goes from seven pm day two to seven pm day three.  The government sponsors and televises a huge ceremony for the change from the saddest to the happiest day of the year.

The event takes place on Har Herzl.  The stage itself was wrapped around Herzl’s grave stone.  “Pimp my grave, Herzl edition” said Anna Blum. The ceremony featured singing, dancing, fireworks, military parades, and speeches by twelve guests and the speaker of the Knesset.

One of the twelve guests happened to be Barbara Goldstein, head of Hadassah in Israel. Hadassah sponsors Year Course and we were given her guest tickets.  Thanks BG.