Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
Tue28Feb2017Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Joint ConferenceShow details »
Amb. Dore Gold – President, Jerusalem Center for Public Affair
Dr. Michael Borchard – Director, Israel Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
First Session: The Balfour Declaration: Past, Present and Future The Historical Paths to the Balfour Declaration
Prof. Andrew Roberts – Department of War Studies, King’s College, London; and Founding Member, Friends of Israel Initiative
Israel as a Strategic Asset to Britain
Col. Richard Kemp – Former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan
100 Years Later, What Will the Future Hold?
Prof. Julius H. Schoeps – Director of the Moses Mendelsohn Centre of European Jewish Studies at Potsdam University
Second Session: Legal Issues
Was the Declaration a Legally Binding Document?
Prof. Ruth Lapidoth – Hebrew University, Israel Prize recipient
The Continued Relevance of the Balfour Declaration
Prof. Nicholas Rostow – Colgate University
From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the Rebirth of Israel in 1948 – Connecting the Dots from the Perspective of International Law
Dr. Jacques Gauthier – International lawyer and scholar, served as legal counsel to the governments of France, Spain, Mexico and Canada
Third Session: Diplomatic and Political Aspects
Israel and the International Community 100 Years After the Balfour Declaration
Amb. Clemens von Goetze – German Ambassador to Israel
Lessons for Diplomats from the Balfour Declaration
Amb. Daniel Taub – Director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation in Jerusalem
How the Palestinians View the Balfour Declaration Today
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser – Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
From the Balfour Declaration to a Palestinian State?
Moshe Arens – Former Israeli Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs
Registration required: jcpa.org/conference
Entrance to conference for confirmed registrants only
Simultaneous Translation – Hebrew/English
Wed19Apr2017Show details »
The 65th 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!
Mon24Apr2017Show details »
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.
Sun02Jul20177:30 pmBeth Protea, 5 Asher Barash Street, HerzliyaShow details »
The Great Debate
Invitation to our Annual Panel Discussion to be held at Beth Protea on Sunday 2nd July at 19.30pm
Following on from last years ‘Israel and the War of Words’ debate, this years will be no less exciting - and entertaining - as we celebrate the centenary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.
The subject of debate will be:
The Balfour Declaration – 100 Years On
Its significance of what it began and what it begot
Where is Zionism today ideologically, culturally and politically.
The Road Ahead…..
Our three panelists are:
Prof. Gerald Steinberg from Bar Ilan University is the founder and president of the NGO Monitor, that exposes distortions of human rights issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict and provides information and context for the benefit of NGOs working in the Middle East. He is in the forefront of exposing the anti-Israel agendas of NGOs in their ‘War against Israel” born out of the infamous Durban Conference of 2001.
Dr. Elana Heiderman is the Executive Director of the Israel Forever Foundation. A recipient of the Herzl Prize, Elana contributes her skills in leadership training programs throughout Israel, the USA, the UK, South Africa, Australia, South America, India, and Jordan. Her innovative initiatives aim to deepen Holocaust awareness, to expand respect for Israel, and to strengthen Jewish identity around the world.
Dr. David Breakstone is Vice Chairman of the Jewish Agency, former Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Founding Director of the Herzl Museum and Educational Center. He has published extensively on Jewish education, Israel-Diaspora relations, Zionism, and Conservative Judaism. His recent contributions to these fields include A Journey with Herzl; Fulfilling the Dream.
The evening’s agenda includes:
· Photo exhibition on the Balfour Declaration in the foyer.
· Telfed (South African Zionist Federation-Israel) will present the Telfed Maurice Ostroff Scholarship to a student in the field of Government & Diplomacy.
· Presentation of the TbT Annual Award in the name of Maurice Ostroff (z’l), Cofounder of TbT. This honour is bestowed on a person “for sustained effort to ensure accurate media presentation of Israel.”
· The Debate (See below)
Following the panel discussion, refreshments will be served on the outside patio.
Date: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017.
Venue: Beth Protea, 5 Asher Barash Street, Herzliya
Time: 19.30 (Exhibition, followed by presentations and debate)
Entrance fee: NIS 20
RSVP (as space is limited) by email or telephone to the following. (Please do not leave messages on the phone)
David Kaplan: email@example.com 050 743 2361
Harris Green: firstname.lastname@example.org 054 339 5034
Rolene Marks: Rolenemarks@yahoo.com 052 582 9090
Peter Bailey : email@example.com 054 266 3051
Mon24Jul2017Show details »
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.
Wed06Sep2017Show details »
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
Wed13Sep2017Thu14Sep2017De Bouton AuditoriumShow details »
A two-day conference devoted to UK-Israel relations and marking the inauguration of the Sir Naim Dangoor Centre at Mishkenot Sha’ananim
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | De Bouton Auditorium
16:15 | Greetings
Moti Schwartz, Director General, Mishkenot Sha’ananim
16:30 | From Manchester to Whitehall: The Making of the Balfour Declaration
Kobi Hubara, history lecturer
17:30 | From Homeland to State: A Discussion on Jewish Self-determination
Prof. Aviad Kleinberg, Director of the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University
Jonathan Freedland, columnist for The Guardian and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s contemporary history series, The Long View
Moderator: Dr. Liad Mudrik
18:30 | Natan Sharansky in Dialogue with Stephen Pollard, Editor of The Jewish Chronicle
Thursday, September 14, 2017 | De Bouton Auditorium
16:15 | Has the World Gone Crazy?
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair in dialogue with Ambassador Daniel Shek and Jonathan Freedland
17:00 | The UK, Israel, and the Middle East on the Eve of Brexit
MK Tzipi Livni, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, in interview with Barak Ravid
Tim Marshall, senior foreign policy analyst and author of books on international affairs
Ambassador Mark Regev, Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James’s
James Sorene, CEO of BICOM
Tony Kay, OBE Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Israel
Moderator: Barak Ravid, Haaretz
18:15 | The Role of Israel in UK Jewish Identity
Stephen Pollard, Editor, The Jewish Chronicle
Ambassador Daniel Taub, former Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James’s
Ambassador Gideon Meir, former Ambassador of Israel to Italy
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jerusalem City Councillor
Moderator: David Horovitz, Founding Editor, The Times of Israel
20:00 | “Baghdad – Jerusalem” a concert by Yair Dalal and the Al Ol Ensemble | Yael Garden
Yair Dalal is an internationally acclaimed oud player, violinist, composer, and performer. This performance will feature liturgical music from Baghdad and Jerusalem, songs in Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic, and original instrumental pieces.
* The concert will take place in Gan Yael, please come in warm clothing
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Entrance to the conference is free of charge for those who register ahead of time.
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Sunday through Thursday, 10:00–18:30
The events in the conference will be held in English | Limited number of places available
* The program is subject to change.
Sun01Oct2017Show details »
JHSE meeting at Beit Avi Chai. . Four speakers describe
"November 1917 -- How the Balfour Declaration was celebrated in
London, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool"
Sun22Oct2017Show details »
From the Balfour Declaration to the Six-Day War and Beyond.
Turning Points in Zionist History
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pmPurchase Tickets BelowTickets Purchased by October 16
$25 | $20 Spertus members
$10 students and Spertus Institute/Indiana University alumniTickets Purchased After October 16
$35 | $30 Spertus members
$20 students and Spertus Institute/Indiana University alumniTicket price includes morning coffee and pastries and kosher lunch.Ticket questions? Call 312.322.1773.
Turning Points in Zionist History
From the Balfour Declaration to the Six-Day War and Beyond
The year 2017 marks the anniversaries of two critical dates in Zionist history: the 1917 Balfour Declaration marking Britain's support for the establishment of the Jewish State, and the 1967 Six-Day War affirming Israel's staying power.
In an important collaboration between Spertus Institute and Indiana University’s Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, four exceptional scholars from IU’s Jewish Studies faculty will spend a day in Chicago discussing these significant moments, both as they happened in history and as we see them today.
9:30-10:00 am | Registration and Coffee
10:00 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks from Dr. Judah Cohen
10:15-11:15 am | The Balfour Declaration and its Aftermath
Dr. Judah Cohen | The Sounds of Zionism:
Composing Israel in Balfour’s Promises
Dr. Sarah Imhoff | How the Balfour Declaration Changed Everything
(and Nothing): Views from the United States
11:15-11:30 am | Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm | The Six-Day War and its Aftermath
Dr. Noam Zadoff | Six Days and Fifty Years:
The Six-Day War as a Turning Point in the History of Zionism
Dr. Shaul Magid | State or Homeland?
Political and Religious Tensions That Arose from The Six-Day War
12:30-1:30 pm | Lunch
1:45-3:30 pm | Echoes of Diplomacy and War
How Do We Tell Zionism's History Today?
Round Table Discussion with Q & A
Dr. Judah Cohen is the Lou and Sybil Mervis Chair in the Study of Jewish Culture and Acting Director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program for 2017-18. He teaches courses on Exploring Jewish Identity Today; Jews and African Americans in American Musical Theatre; Music in Judaism; and American Jewish Popular Music.
Dr. Sarah Imhoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for the Borns Jewish Studies Program. She teaches courses on Jews, Christians, and Muslims; Understanding the Rabbinic Mind; Jews and Race in the US, and Gender and Rabbinic Literature.
Dr. Shaul Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies. He teaches courses Nationalism and Territory in Israel/Palestine; Jewish Mysticism; Jewish Jesus from Late Antiquity to the Present; and Hasidism and Existentialism.
Dr. Noam Zadoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and History. He teaches courses on Jewish History in (Auto)Biography; Zionism and the State of Israel; Israel and the Six-Day War; and History of Conflict as History of Emotions: The Israeli-Arab Case.
Left to right: Field Marshal Lord Edmund Allenby, Lord Arthur Balfour, and Sir Herbert Samuel in a photo taken six years after the Balfour Declaration, Matson Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.
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.
Dear Readers, in the future we will be happy to send you updates about the Academy’s activities – events, projects, new reports and more. Click here to register.
Wed01Nov2017Thu09Nov2017Show details »
- Wednesday 1 November - 12.30 to 14.00 - Lunch Raanana Lunch Club. Philip to deliver a talk about Jan Smuts and Jewry in general including early life of the “Oubaas”. 30 - 45 minutes followed by audience questions
- Thursday 2 November - visit to Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan
- Thursday 2 November (evening). Arrive Jerusalem 20:00 for Balfour Day Flagship event in Jerusalem. Guest of Honour Lord Turnberg with Philip Weyers as a special guest. Evening to take the form of a debate/discussion. Main address by Lord Turnberg. Philip to speak for about 10 minutes on the relationship between Jan Smuts and Chaim Weizmann
- Friday 3 November - informal lunch (braai) with Bailey family and a few selected guests at residence of Adrian and Limor Bailey
- Saturday 4 November - Sabbath at leisure (possibility of arranging a day tour)
- Sunday 5 November - Telfed event in Raanana to celebrate the Balfour Centenary, honour Jan Smuts for his Zionist endeavours and thank Philip Weyers for visiting Israel
- Monday 6 November - visit to Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu (residence of Hayden Bailey) Kibbutz tour and visit to Beit Shean National Park. Peter and Jeanne Bailey plus other selected guests who wish to join in the visit.
- Tuesday 7 November - Knesset, Jerusalem - whole day plenary session - subject Balfour Declaration
- Wednesday 8 November Balfour Centenary Dinner, Tel Aviv - timing to be confirmed
- Thursday 9 November - Return to South Africa
Wed01Nov20178:00 pmThe Toronto Centre for the Arts
Thu02Nov2017NetanyaShow details »
NETANYA BRANCH ACTIVITIES
Join us in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the
This will be a 3 'F's event:
Mcdonald International Shul Hall
Mcdonald Street Netanya
On Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and Information: Jackie 050 744 7411
Please tell your friends
This event is open to everyone and not limited to HOB members
If you are interested, please contact Jackie by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 050-744-7411as soon as possible.
Thu02Nov2017Ramat Hanadiv, Zichron Yaakov
Thu02Nov2017Show details »
An internet based programme to mark the Centenary of eh Balfour Declaration.
On November 2 event, no matter where in the world we are, we will be able to enjoy both a live program (open to anyone in Israel and live-streamed for the world) as well as a special interactive element for Jews of all ages around the world. We will be able to demonstrate our appreciation for Balfour and the Zionist enterprise through word, song and performance.
We are calling for the participation of Jewish day schools, youth and teen groups as well as Jewish communal organizations. We are looking for your statements, chorale and dance performances, readings and greetings to be aired during the course of the November 2nd program.
For more information and to register to participate, contact HOB National Chairman David Miller: email@example.com
Wishing you and yours Gmar Hatima Tova!
(Rabbi) Robert Golub
Volunteer Consultant, HOB Commemorates Balfour Program
Retired Director, Mercaz USA (1995-2016)
Thu02Nov2017Show details »
Join us for the Centennial Celebration of the Balfour Declaration!
You are invited to join us in the historic Weizmann Hall of the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2nd, 2017.
The meeting will begin with a reception and will be addressed by Lord Turnberg, the author of ‘Beyond the Balfour Declaration: The 100-Year Quest for Israeli–Palestinian Peace’ in conversation with the former Canadian Ambassador to Israel Vivian Berkovici. In addition, we will hear from Philip Weyers, great grandson of Field Marshal Jan Smuts, a South African premier, strong Zionist supporter and member of the British War Cabinet during World War I and Sarah Meron, granddaughter of Rebecca Sieff, a major supporter of Chaim Weizmann in the UK and founder of the Women’s International Zionist Federation (WIZO).
Join us at 7.30 PM for the reception followed by the program at 8.00 PM at the Jewish Agency, 48 King George, Jerusalem.
Register at: https://standwithus.co.il/balfour/
Sat04Nov2017Show details »
JHSE lecture by Barry Shaw provisionally entitled:
"From Palestine to Israel -- A Tale of Heroism and Villainy"
Sun05Nov2017Raanana Music Conservatory Auditorium (48 Etsyon St, Raanana)
Tue07Nov20174:30 amKnesset, Parliament of Israel in JerusalemShow details »
Several important speakers will be discussing the subject of the Balfour Declaration at the Knesset.
The conference will convene at the initiative of the Balfour Centenary Committee in association with the B’nai B’rith World Center to mark 100 years since the adoption of the Balfour Declaration by the British government. It will take place under the auspices of Knesset Speaker Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein at the Knesset Auditorium on Tuesday, 7th November 2017 from 11:30-15:30 with the participation of British and Israeli parliamentarians, diplomats and experts. The conference will be followed by a Special Plenary Session of the Knesset marking the centenary (16:00 – 17:00).
Foreign Participants: Lord Rothschild OM GBE, historian Prof. Simon Schama, UK Ambassador David Quarrey and members of the British Parliament.
Advisory: Admission to the conference is free. Seating is limited and will be by invitation only. To receive an invitation, please return the following form to the B’nai B’rith World Center at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 10. Entry to the Knesset for the purpose of attending the conference will begin at 10:00 and end at 11:00. The conference will be held in English and Hebrew with simultaneous translation and will include a complimentary light lunch. Participants are invited to remain at the Knesset following the conference to attend a special plenary session marking the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
Subject to demand transport could be arranged for payment.
*Balfour Centenary Committee:
AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) – Central & Netanya
B’nai B’rith World Center - Jerusalem
ESRA -English Speaking Residents Association
Europeans for Israel
Jewish Historical Society of England – Israel Branch
HOB –Association of British Immigrants
Israel Britain & the Commonwealth Association
Israel Forever Foundation
Telfed – South African Zionist Federation, Israel
Zionist Council in Israel (WZO)
Return by email to: B’nai B’rith World Center at email@example.com
before October 10
Balfour Centenary Conference at the Knesset on 7th November 2107
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Wed29Nov2017Show details »
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.