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The History of Shabbat Across America


In honor of the 18th anniversary of Shabbat Across America, Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of NJOP, shares with you the origin story of the program, from its humble beginnings at Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York to the hundreds of synagogues and Jewish centers taking part today.

The world never needed Shabbat more than it needs it today. People speak about quality time, but you can’t have quality time without quantity time. Those 25 sacred hours of Shabbat are fantastic. Rabbi Buchwald believes in Shabbat so much that he even would suggest legislation in Washington supporting Shabbat.

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Democratic and Jewish? Religion and State in Israel Today


The Program in Judaic Studies presents: “Democratic and Jewish? Religion and State in Israel Today”

A talk by Yuval Sinai (Yale University) given Thursday, February 27, 2014.

חיים וייצמן  Chaim Weizmann

Weizmann House, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, one of the finest houses


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The house built in 1936, the Weizmann House was the private residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952) and his wife Dr. Vera Weizmann (1881-1966). Chaim Weizmann was scientist, President of the World Zionist Organization (1921-1931 and 1935-1946), first President of the State of Israel (1948-1952), and founder and first President of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Vera Weizmann was a pediatrician.

The Weizmanns were born in Russia, studied in Germany and Switzerland, and lived for some 30 years in England. They chose to build their home in the Land of Israel, in Rehovot, next to the Daniel Sieff Research Institute, which later became the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The house was designed by Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953), an acclaimed Jewish architect who had fled Germany when the Nazis came to power. The Weizmann House was Mendelsohn’s first project in the Land of Israel. It’s a modern structure, sited on a hill overlooking the coastal plain to the west and the Judean Mountains to the east. Mendelsohn described it as a “model house for a person standing on the stage of history.”

A special effort was made to adapt the structure to its physical environment, culture, and climate. It was referred to as a modern, aristocratic house, in harmony with its surroundings, well suited to its purpose, fully expressing the soul of its owners, and, like them, a national treasure. In popular parlance the house was referred to as “the palace.” Its dimensions were large and its style unique.
In the center of the house is a stairwell, designed like a tower looking out into the distance. At its base are three rectangles: two, similar in structure and size, serve
as the library and drawing room; the central rectangle is out of doors — a columned courtyard containing a swimming pool. The rooms have numerous doors that open into the central courtyard.

The walls of the house are particularly thick and consist of several insulating layers: bricks, cork, sawdust, and plaster. High on the walls are small round windows resembling portholes of a ship, which let in soft light while preventing overheating.

With the election of Dr. Weizmann to the Presidency of Israel, the house became the official residence of the country’s President. After Weizmann’s death, the presidential residence moved to Jerusalem. The Weizmanns donated the estate, the house, and its contents to the State of Israel, in order to preserve the heritage of the first President. The house was first renovated in 1978, and opened to the public as a museum. In 1999, additional work was undertaken to preserve the property and restore its original character. This renovation was performed with the planning and supervision of architect Hillel Schocken and curator Merav Segal.
The tour opens with a brief film, “King without a Kingdom,” describing the life and work of Chaim Weizmann. It is screened in a hall built in 1978 as the offices of Yad Chaim Weizmann. The tour of the house includes the entrance floor (entrance hall, dining room, library, drawing room, and kitchen area) and the upper floors (bedrooms and washrooms). The cloakroom at the front entrance now contains an exhibit on members of the Weizmann family, Dr. Vera Weizmann’s public activity, and the Weizmanns’ son Michael, a pilot killed in World War II. It also displays some of Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s personal belongings.
The estate includes an expansive garden sprawling over 44 dunams (11 acres). The garden’s physical structure was designed by house architect Erich Mendelsohn. In contrast to the house’s straight lines, the garden’s trails curve to evoke the experience of “losing one’s way.” An exception is the straight path leading to the graves of the Weizmanns, paved after the President’s death.

The garden’s vegetation was planned by landscape architect Moshe Oren, a member of Kibbutz Yagur. The vegetation is varied and includes numerous kinds of plants common to the region (citrus, olives, figs, oaks) as well as tropical plants (such as mango and persimmon) from the climatized garden of Nobel Laureate and Zionist Prof. Otto Warburg.

The garden was refurbished by Israel Drori as part of the renovation of the Weizmann
Weizmann asked to be buried in the garden of the estate next to his house. At the request of Vera Weizmann, in memory of their son, his tombstone was fashioned after the tombstones of missing soldiers in Great Britain (where their son’s name is engraved).

The tombstone was designed by sculptor Moshe Ziffer. Chiseled in the center is the emblem of the Weizmann Institute of Science (the Tree of Life), designed by house architect Erich Mendelsohn at the request of Chaim Weizmann. In 1966, fourteen years after Chaim Weizmann’s death, Vera Weizmann was buried by his side.House.

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Leader of the World Zionist Movement, Dr Chaim Weizmann addresses Jewish people in Toronto.

Jews gather at a place in Toronto. Leader of the World Zionist Movement, Dr Chaim Weizmann addresses Jewish people. Dignitaries walking on the street. Location: Toronto Ontario Canada. Date: 1938.

HD Stock Footage 1948 Nation of Israel is Born – UN – Palestine – David Ben Gurion


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Yesterday’s Big Story – New Nation of Israel Is Born and Becomes Member of U.N.

October 1947 shows crowed boat load of Jewish refugees from Europe that attempted to land in Palestine. Jewish couple with baby. Jewish woman on a litter carried by two men. Jewish refugees were turned away by the British and sent to an interment camp for displaced persons on Cypress. The British Mandate was about to end and the United Nations (UN) was debating the partition of Palestine between the Jews and the Arabs as a solution to the turmoil in that country.

Civil war in Mandatory Palestine. The Battle of Haifa or Operation Bl’ur Hametz was a Haganah operation with the objective of capturing the Arab neighborhoods of Haifa. Shows troops of the Jewish paramilitary organization, Haganah, in Haifa. Shows bodies of dead Arabs. Jewish troops capture hundreds of Arab prisoners.

On May 14, 1948 a new Jewish State of Israel was born with it’s government headed by David Ben Gurion. Israel took her place in the world as the first Jewish homeland since the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Shows Ben Gurion exiting automobile and entering a building in Tel Aviv, Israel. Shows Israeli soldiers with rifles on their shoulders. Shows Israeli flag waving in the breeze as a symbol of hope in a troubled world. United Nation teams accompany Israeli soldiers under a white flag of truce to recover bodies of Israeli soldiers killed in a continuing strife with Arab troops.

Dr. Chaim Weizmann joins Premier David Ben Gurion. in the new Israeli government as President. Israel goes before the United Nations (UN) seeking membership to that world body. The Arab nations walk out of UN when Israel was voted a member of the United Nations (UN). Shows empty UN seats of Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

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Prime Minister Of Israel David Ben-Gurion Meets Physicist Albert Einstein
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HD Stock Footage 1967 Israel Six Day War Egypt Accepts U.N. Cease Fire


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Egypt Accepts U.N. Cease-Fire In Six Day War With Israel

After four days of war Israeli forces drive across the Sinai to the Suez Canal, break the Gulf of Aqaba blockade, and take the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War or Six-Day War in the Middle East. Brief images of Israeli tank, Israeli Field Commander looking through binoculars, and Israeli soldiers in sandbag defensive emplacement. Image of Israel Defense Minister General Moshe Dayan. Shows surrender of Arab Soldiers to Israeli Forces. Scenes at UN (United Nations) as a cease-fire resolution is finally passed. Egypt joins Jordan in accepting the United Nations cease-fire leaving Syria to face Israeli Forces alone.

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Egyptian-Israeli Tensions – Rare Historical Newsreel Footage (1/3)


Egyptian-Israeli Tensions – Rare Historical Newsreel Footage (2/3)


Egyptian-Israeli Tensions – Rare Historical Newsreel Footage (3/3)


This film is a compilation of numerous short segments relating to the conflict between Egypt and Israel. From the National Archives. Much of the it has a heavy propagandistic tones but it is an interesting historical artifact. هذا الفيلم عبارة عن تجميع لقطات عديدة نادرة و تاريخية متعلقة بالصراع بين مصر وإسرائيل. من الأرشيف الوطني الأمريكي

0.00 French arrest five Algerian nationalist leaders – plane carrying five from Rabat to Tunis was ordered by radio to change course and head to Algiers; the French pilot agreed to change course and land in Algeria

0.45 Border Incidents Still Threaten Near East Peace – border between Israel and Egypt, Israeli frontier guard patrol – an assault that had to be made because of constant Egyptian attacks – it’s a time of border trouble

1.42 Tunisians protest arrest of five Algerian nationalists; action of French is regarded as piracy

2.57 footage of UN discussion on Israeli action in Sinai – a “solemn session”; Britain and France veto US and Soviet resolutions for a ceasefire. “the US in strange company, fighting for peace”

4.51 British and French join Israeli force attacking Egypt; Moshe Dayan inspects Israeli troops on parade ground

5.25 President Eisenhower, speaking from the Oval Office, says no US involvement in the Suez

7.25 Suez crisis causing worldwide concern Israel’s advance into Sinai referred to as “punitive”; Israeli men standing by captured Egyptian armored vehicles and and artillery; Egyptian wounded and Egyptian killed; Israel claims control of the Gaza strip; Israelis follow news with anxious concern; girls too young for active duty work day and night assembling kits for the front; Egyptian destroyer Ibrahim al Awal captured and sailed to Haifa; Londoners protest British involvement in the Suez in rally at Trafalgar Square addressed by Labor MP Aneurin Bevan

10.00 British and French ceasefire at Suez after taking Port Said; paratroopers jump onto Egyptian air base; Egypt sinks ship in the canal to block the canal

The Jews, a History in So Many, Many Words
New York Times
Simon Schama, the prolific and protean British historian whose topics have included the French Revolution and the history of art, arrives now with a history of the Jewish people, and it’s a multimedia happening: two books and a five-part television 
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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, December 13, 1957, Part 3
San Diego Jewish World
Southwest Jewish Press logo Attention Family Historians: If you would like a JPG photo copy from the Southwestern Jewish Press of any “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” article that has been reprinted on the San Diego Jewish World website, simply 
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‘British Indy Jones’ on quest to find Jewish history
The Australian
Driven by his quest to unearth Jewish history, Parfitt travelled extensively and came up with some eye-opening theories. Among them: the first Jews to settle in the United States probably did so at St Augustine, as part of the Spanish settlement; and 
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This Day, March 10, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin
Cleveland Jewish News (blog)
They attribute the original Jewish settlements in Spain to the fact that Spain had been a Carthaginian colony and that these settlers were part of a group of these converts. The Berbers would also figure in Jewish history. In the 7th century, they 
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The National Museum Of American Jewish History’s New Exhibit Focuses On 
CBS Local
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An exhibit opening this week at the National Museum of American Jewish History depicts baseball, as seen through the perspective of ethnic minorities. There’s Sandy Koufax’s 1963 Cy Young award, and an interactive exhibits 
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Putin’s Phantom Pogroms
New York Times
In invoking Ukraine’s history of anti-Semitism, Mr. Putin and his deputies are not so much trying to appeal to the at least 70,000 Jews there today as to the millions of Russian speakers (many Jews among them) who have watched with ambivalence the 
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Arab League, Abbas reject ‘Jewish state’
Columbus Dispatch
Palestinians fear the label would lead to discrimination against Israel’s sizable Arab minority, while Israelis say it recognizes Jewish history and rights to the land. “In recognizing the Jewish state, you (Palestinians) would finally make clear that 
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Baseball season starts early with exhibit on Independence Mall
Philadelphia Business Journal (blog)
Peter Van Allen. A worker hangs a banner for “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming an American,” an exhibit that opens March 13 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Peter Van Allen: Reporter- Philadelphia Business 
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Pine River-Backus students invest themselves in Holocaust history
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Wangberg’s students are free to express themselves in virtually any medium. At this year’s March 6 presentation students chose photo presentations of popular fashions, traditionally prepared Jewish food like latkes, wooden models of prison camps, and 
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 The National Museum Of American Jewish History’s New Exhibit Focuses On America’s Pastime

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An exhibit opening this week at the National Museum of American Jewish History depicts baseball, as seen through the 

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