April 27 2018, Peabody City raises flag for Israeli Independence Day April 27, 2018 Mayor Edward Bettencourt raises the Israeli flag at City Hall on April 20. Mayor Edward Bettencourt (left) presents a proclamation declaring April 19 Israeli Independence Day in Peabody. With him are Rabbi David Kudan of Temple Tiferet Shalom (center) and Rabbi Richard Perlman of Temple Ner Tamid. (Advocate Photos by Christopher Roberson) Mayor Edward Bettencourt spoke during the first Israeli Flag Raising at City Hall on April 20. The event was held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence from Great Britain.