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St. Louis Jewish Light

AUG. 17: Theodor Herzl’s casket is in place for his state funeral at what is now Mount Herzl in Jerusalem on Aug. 17, 1949. Photo by David Eldan, National Photo Collection of Israel

This week in Israeli history: Aug.12-18

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION August 13, 2021

August 12, 1991 — Nasser Friend Yeruham Cohen Dies Yeruham Cohen, known for befriending Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, dies at 75. Born into a Yemeni family in Tel Aviv, Cohen was fluent in Arabic. He was an intelligence aide to Gen. Yigal Allon, and...

AUG. 5: Members of Unit 101, including Ariel Sharon (standing, second from left), pose with Moshe Dayan after a successful operation in 1955, by which time the unit was part of the Paratroopers Brigade instead of an independent force. Dayan had opposed Unit 101’s creation in 1953. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

This week in Israeli history: Aug. 5-11

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION August 5, 2021

August 5, 1953 — Special Forces Unit 101 Is Formed Unit 101, an independent special forces section of the Israel Defense Forces, is launched with about 20 soldiers under the command of Ariel Sharon to provide a rapid, nimble response to terrorist attacks...

JULY 30: Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin meets with silver medalist Yael Arad and bronze medalist Oren Smadja on Aug. 31, 1992, to celebrate their Olympic success. Photo by Ya’acov Sa’ar, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: July 29-Aug. 4

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION July 29, 2021

July 29, 1891 — Pregnancy test developer Zondek is born Bernhard Zondek, the obstetrician-gynecologist behind one of the first reliable pregnancy tests, is born in Wronke, Germany, now in Poland. He and Jewish colleague Selmar Aschheim in 1928 develop...

JULY 24: Chief Rabbis David Lau (left) and Yitzhak Yosef visit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his sukkah in September 2013. Photo: Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: July 22-28

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION July 22, 2021

July 22, 1939 — Actress Gila Almagor Is Born Gila Almagor, the “queen of the Israeli cinema and theater,” is born in Haifa four months after a sniper killed her policeman father. She makes her debut for the Habima Theatre at age 17 in “The Skin...

JULY 19: Stella Levy, shown in 1970, commanded the IDF Women’s Corps for six years. Photo by Fritz Cohen, Israeli National Photo Collection

This week in Israeli history: July 15-21

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION July 15, 2021

July 15, 1965 — Rabin Warns Against Diversion of Jordan River The Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff, Yitzhak Rabin, warns Lebanon and Syria they will face consequences if they move forward with an Arab League-backed effort to divert the sources...

JULY 11:  The 1927 earthquake caused extensive damage in cities such as Jericho, Jerusalem and Nablus.

This week in Israeli History: July 8-14

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION July 8, 2021

July 8, 1989 — Judo Champ Yarden Gerbi Is Born Judo champion Yarden Gerbi is born in Kfar Saba. Gerbi wins eight national championships in her career and rises to the top of the world rankings in May 2013. She defeats European champion Clarisse Agbegnenou...

This week in Israeli history: July 1-7

This week in Israeli history: July 1-7

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION July 1, 2021

July 1, 1973 — Israeli Military Attache Is Killed in Maryland Col. Yosef “Joe” Alon, a military attache at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, is shot five times in his driveway in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and dies within an hour at a hospital....

Orna Barbivai receives the insignia of her new rank of major general from her husband, Moshe, and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (right) on June 23, 2011. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who announced her promotion, stands to the side.

This week in Israeli history: June 17-23

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION June 18, 2021

June 17, 1939 — Refugee Ship St. Louis Returns to Europe The SS St. Louis, carrying Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria, completes its crossing of the Atlantic back to Europe after Cuba and the United States refused to admit almost all of its...

Joined by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates newly promoted Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz on becoming the IDF chief of staff Feb. 14, 2011. Photo by Avi Ohayon, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: June 3-9

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION June 3, 2021

June 3, 1974 — Rabin First Becomes Prime Minister After defeating Shimon Peres for the Labor Party leadership, Yitzhak Rabin becomes Israel’s fifth prime minister when he presents his coalition government to the Knesset. In succeeding Golda Meir,...

Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek in 1971

This week in Israeli history

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION May 28, 2021

May 27, 1911 — Longtime Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek Is Born Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s mayor from 1965 to 1993, is born in a Budapest suburb. His parents name him after Theodor Herzl. After growing up in Vienna, he moves to Palestine with his family...

MAY 26: Fourth Aliyah pioneers milk cows at Emek Zevulun’s Moshav Kfar Hasidim, founded by religious immigrants from Poland in April 1925.

This week in Israeli history: May 20-26

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION May 20, 2021

May 20, 1948 — Swede Is Named Peace Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish diplomat, is appointed by the U.N. Security Council to serve as the mediator for Middle East peace efforts five days into Israel’s War of Independence. Although he succeeds...

MAY 14 — David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, reads the state’s Declaration of Independence at the Tel Aviv Museum on May 14, 1948.

This week in Israeli history

Center for Israel Education May 13, 2021

May 13, 1975 — Israel, U.S. Sign Economic Pact The United States and Israel sign a wide-ranging economic agreement at the end of a two-day summit chaired by U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon and Israeli Foreign Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz in Washington....

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