Boulder Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut with Noa, Gil Dor and Ruslan Sirota at Boulder Theater

On Wednesday night, under the beautiful lights of the historic Boulder Theater, the Boulder Jewish Community united together to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with a special performance from acclaimed Israeli singer-songwriter Achinoam Nini, “Noa”, Gil Dor, and Grammy-winning Pianist Ruslan Sirota. 

Noa continuously spoke about peace and unity, a dialogue seen in her historic participation in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, and at the Boulder Theater last night. She spoke of her life growing up in Israel and America, and what drew her back to Israel when she was 16. Lighting a candle, which was a candle for all the souls, she honored all the lives lost in the war and refused to be blind to anyone’s pain. “For the hostages to come back home and their safety,” Noa stated, “I not only want to hold the light, I not only want to see the light, but I want to be the light for all to come.” 

Opening with ‘To All the Broken Hearted’, she wrote the song after the attack on October 7th, “No matter what side you are on, we are all broken-hearted” spoke Noa. She spoke of her daughter, who volunteered to continue her service after serving her one mandatory year in the IDF as a combat soldier. She mentions her daughter as a warrior for peace and explains that the one who chooses to go into the army so no one has to is an important factor in the future of peace.

As an artist, during this time of struggle and hardship in Israel, Noa felt that it was important to drop whatever she had planned and play music for those who needed it. “Music is healing, and being able to travel and give our music as a piece of hope becomes the ultimate healing force.” Noa proclaims before she sings her last song Boi Kala, “Our job is to point the way. There must be another way, to be leaders and not followers. People think things are simple, but in reality, they are quite complicated.”

Wednesday night would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of Rabbi Fred Greene, Alan Friedman, and Shira Keshet of Congregation Har HaShem.

We were able to bring the vision to life thanks to a special grant. Mit-habrim | Connections | מתחברים is a partnership between JCC Association and Israel’s Ministry for Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism that provides funding for Israel-focused initiatives for JCCs in North America. 

We would also like to thank the sponsors for the event as well:

  • Adventure Judaism
  • Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
  • Boulder Hadassah
  • Congregation Bonai Shalom
  • Congregation Har HaShem
  • Congregation Nevei Kodesh
  • JEWISHColorado
  • Moishe House, Boulder

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