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Posts Tagged ‘Hebrew University’

Gershom Scholem

Gershom Scholem Is Born

December 5, 1897 From the Center for Israel Education Gershom (Gerhard) Scholem, preeminent scholar of Jewish mysticism is born in Berlin. Scholem, who was born into an assimilated German family, turned to Zionism at an early age. Scholem’s interest in Judaica and Zionism was against the wishes of his father. Despite the opposition of his…

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Hebrew University President Judah Magnes delivers his year-opening speech Nov. 5, 1933.

Judah Magnes Outlines Hebrew University Expansion

November 5, 1933 In a speech marking the opening of the 1933-34 academic year, Judah Magnes, the President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, outlined a plan for the University’s expansion. It included the creation of fourteen new positions for Jewish professors from Germany. They lost their positions as part of Nazi policy to dehumanize…

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An architectural rendering of the National Library of Israel being built in Jerusalem near the Knesset; a special room designed by the late Irwin “Toby” Holtzman of Bloomfield Hills will hold his massive collection of Israeli literature.

Preserving History

Holtzman’s definitive Israeli literature collection goes to the National Library of Israel. Louis Finkelman Contributing Writer ABOVE: An architectural rendering of the National Library of Israel being built in Jerusalem near the Knesset; a special room designed by the late Irwin “Toby” Holtzman of Bloomfield Hills will hold his massive collection of Israeli literature. The…

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Eliahu Elath

Eliahu Elath Becomes Israel’s First Ambassador to the UK

October 22, 1952 Eliahu Elath presents his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II and becomes Israel’s first Ambassador to the United Kingdom (officially called the Ambassador to the Court of St. James). Elath who was born Eliahu Epstein in Russia had settled in the Land of Israel in 1924. In 1934 he directed the Middle East…

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Dalia Itzik

Dalia Itzik Is Born

October 20, 1952 Dalia Itzik is born in Jerusalem to a family of Iraqi immigrants. Itzik received a BA from Hebrew University, a teacher’s diploma from the Efrata Teacher’s Seminary and a law degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah. After serving for five years at the chairperson of the Jerusalem Teachers Union, Dalia Itzik was…

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Many of the conference participants, along with Elaine and Michael Serling, seated at left

Growing in Focus

MSU holds its largest Israel conference as new Serling Institute is launched. Above: Many of the conference participants, along with Elaine and Michael Serling, seated at left. Credit: Jordan Noble Michigan State University hosted the largest academic conference on Israel in its history Sept. 16-17. More than 260 faculty, students and community members from East Lansing, Metro…

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Photo by Oria Tadmor, courtesy of Eilat Mazar Archaeologist Eilat Mazar holds a jar fragment from the 10th century B.C.E. with a Canaanite inscription.

Eilat Mazar Is Born

Center for Israel Education September 10, 1956 Archaeologist Eilat Mazar is born. Mazar is a third generation Israeli archaeologist and is most well known for her work at the City of David site in Jerusalem. She is a professor of archaeology at Hebrew University. In 2005, Mazar began a dig at the City of David…

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‘Israel At 70: Complexity, Challenge And Creativity’

Michigan State University plans academic conference. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program will sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge and Creativity” Sept. 16-17 at MSU’s Kellogg Center. The conference brings together…

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of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and co-star Olivia Thirlby.

From Damascus to Jerusalem – New Movie

By Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel A 41-year-old novel reaches the big screen. Writer Howard Kaplan was a college junior when he visited Syria in 1971; now ‘The Damascus Cover‘ is an indie thriller. It was a chance trip to Damascus, Syria in the late 1970s that led then-college student Howard Kaplan to his…

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