Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
Sat01Jul2017Sun31Dec2017The National Library of IsraelShow details
After years of bureaucratic maneuvering to loan the original Balfour Declaration from the British Library, it will finally be on display here at the National Library of Israel, hopefully along with all related items. Look forward to it!
The Land of Israel which was previously part of the Ottoman Empire was taken by the British after WWI, which granted us the opportunity to establish the State of Israel with thanks to the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement.
The League of Nations mandate was drafted by the victors of World War I. The mandates consisted of two phases: The formal removal of sovereignty of the state previously controlling the territory and the transfer of mandatory powers to individual states among the Allied Powers.
Lecture by Melanie Phillips at Beit Avi Chai, Jerusalem:
"The Balfour Declaration -- High Point of British Support for Zionism"
Jointly sponsored by the JHSE's Israel branch and Beit Avi Chai
JHSE meeting at Beit Avi Chai. . Four speakers describe
"November 1917 -- How the Balfour Declaration was celebrated in
London, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool"
Wed01Nov2017Thu02Nov2017Israel Academy of Sciences and HumanitiesShow details
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities will be providing a platform for experts to speak on the subject of the Balfour Declaration and related topics before and on the day of the Balfour centenary.
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Thu02Nov2017Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency, RehovotShow details
For the Balfour centenary Leslie Arnold Turnberg, will be holding a lecture at the Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency.
Leslie Arnold Turnberg, Baron Turnberg, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, is a British medical professional and an author of many publications and books related to the medical and health services fields. His experience extends to areas of research in these fields, and maintaining a clinical practice. He has published four books and some 150 articles on medical and scientific research, as well as being part of the Labour Party (UK).
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JHSE lecture by Barry Shaw provisionally entitled:
"From Palestine to Israel -- A Tale of Heroism and Villainy"
Each year a dinner is held hosting prominent Jewish citizens in honor of the Balfour Declaration's creation and the birth of Israel.
This year our guests of honour are: Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, a British investment banker and a member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, also Honorary President of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research; and Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, an Israeli politician who has been Speaker of the Knesset since 2013.
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This is a day every Jew should remember as an important step toward establishing relations of peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors. Following last year’s successful event, The Israel Forever Foundation and The Zionist Council will be collaborating to promote this positive vision of the future.
Lecture by Eyal Offenbach
Lecture by Eyal Offenbach
[the dates and programme have still to be finalized]
Yom HaShoa, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. It is a national memorial day.
Yom HaShoah opens in Israel at sundown in a state ceremony held in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Authority, in Jerusalem. During the ceremony the national flag is lowered to half mast, the President and the Prime Minister both deliver speeches, Holocaust survivors light six torches symbolizing the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and the Chief Rabbis recite prayers.
On Yom HaShoah, ceremonies and services are held at schools, military bases and by other public and community organizations.
On the eve of Yom HaShoah and the day itself, places of public entertainment are closed by law. Israeli television airs Holocaust documentaries and Holocaust-related talk shows, and low-key songs are played on the radio. Flags on public buildings are flown at half mast. At 10:00 a.m., an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and Israelis are expected to observe two minutes of solemn reflection. Almost everyone stops what they are doing, including motorists who stop their cars in the middle of the road, standing beside their vehicles in silence as the siren is sounded.
Yom Hazikaron, in full: "Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism", is Israel's official remembrance day. While the day has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has also been extended to civilian victims of terrorism.
By law, all places of entertainment are closed on the eve of Yom Hazikaron, and broadcasting and educational bodies note the solemnity of the day.
Memorial candles are lit in homes, army camps, schools, synagogues, and public places, and the flags are lowered to half staff. Throughout the day serving and retired military personnel serve as honor guards at war memorials throughout the country, and the families of the fallen participate in memorial ceremonies at military cemeteries.
The day opens with a siren the preceding evening at 8:00 pm and s two-minute siren is sounded at 11:00 am the following morning.
The 70h birthday of the State of Israel
An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl, Jerusalem on the evening of Independence Day. The ceremony includes a speech by the speaker of the Knesset, artistic performances, a Flag of Israel, forming elaborate structures such as a Menorah or Magen David, and the ceremonial lighting of twelve torches, one for each of the Tribes of Israel.
Every year a dozen Israeli citizens, who made a significant social contribution in a selected area, are invited to light the torches. Many cities hold outdoor performances in cities' squares featuring leading Israeli singers and fireworks displays. Streets around the squares are closed to cars, allowing people to sing and dance in the streets!
The San Remo Convention was an international meeting of the post-World War I Allied Supreme Council; granting the right under international law for Jews to settle anywhere in western Palestine - the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. One should keep the San Romero conference in mind to remind us Jews of our rights to our ancestral home.
We have reason to celebrate the anniversary of the League of Nations Mandate, the Land of Israel which was previously part of the Ottoman Empire was taken by the British after WWI, which granted us the opportunity to establish the State of Israel with thanks to the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement.
The mandate was drafted by the victors of World War I. The mandates consisted of two phases: The formal removal of sovereignty of the state previously controlling the territory and the transfer of mandatory powers to individual states among the Allied Powers.
This is a day every Jew should remember as an important step toward establishing relations of peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors.
The resolution recommended the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem, but was not implemented.