Join us in celebrating historical and current events surrounding the Balfour Declaration Centenary.
JHSE meeting at Beit Avi Chai. . Four speakers describe
"November 1917 -- How the Balfour Declaration was celebrated in
London, Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool"
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
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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.
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- 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
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"
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 email@example.com 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)
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before October 10
Balfour Centenary Conference at the Knesset on 7th November 2107
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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
Sun14Jan2018Weizmann Hall, Jewish Agency, Jerusalem
Wed21Feb2018Herzlyia, IsraelShow details
Lecture by Eyal Offenbach
Lecture by Anat Gueta
[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.
Lecture by Eli Podeh
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.