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St. Louis Jewish Light

APRIL 22: Jewish fighters patrol during the battle for Haifa in April 1948.

This week in Israeli history: April 21-27

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION, israeled.org April 21, 2022

April 21, 1947 — 2 Jewish Militants Kill Themselves Moshe Barazani, 20, of Lehi (the Stern Gang) and Meir Feinstein, 19, of the Irgun kill themselves with a grenade smuggled into their prison in Jerusalem to prevent the British from hanging them...

APRIL 10: Golda Meir wishes her successor as prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, good luck during her farewell party in Jerusalem on June 4, 1974. Photo: Ya’acov Sa’ar, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: April 7-13

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION April 7, 2022

April 7, 1973 — Israel Fourth in First Eurovision Bid Ilanit, Israel’s first entry in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, finishes fourth out of 17 nations with the song “Ey-sham,” a dramatic ballad featuring “the garden of love.” Her result...

MARCH 26: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shake hands at the White House signing ceremony for the peace treaty March 26, 1979. Photo by Ya’acov Sa’ar, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: March 24-30

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION, Israeled.org March 24, 2022

March 24, 1993 — Weizman Is Elected President Ezer Weizman, a nephew of Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, is elected the nation’s seventh president on a 66-53 vote in the Knesset. A native of Tel Aviv, Weizman is one of the founders of...

MARCH 14: Black Panthers march along Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on May Day in 1973. Photo by Moshe Milner, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: March 10-16

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION, ISRAELED.ORG March 10, 2022

March 10, 1970 — Law of Return’s Jewish Definition Is Amended Israel’s 1950 Law of Return is amended to change the definition of “who is a Jew” after two high-profile cases involving a Jewish convert to Catholicism and an interfaith marriage....

National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger (left) speaks with President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers (right) on Feb. 23, 1973, two days before secretly meeting with Egypt’s Hafez Ismail.

This week in Israeli history: Feb. 24-March 2

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION February 24, 2022

Feb. 24, 1942 — Struma Is Sunk by Soviet Sub A Soviet submarine sinks the refugee transport SS Struma in the Black Sea in the belief that it is an enemy ship. Only one of the 769 Jewish refugees survives. The Struma, a converted cattle transport...

Feb. 11: Natan Sharansky has his wife, Avital, by his side after his arrival in Israel on Feb. 11, 1986. By Nati Harnik, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: Feb. 10-16

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION, ISRAELED.ORG February 10, 2022

Feb. 10, 1913 — Air Force Builder Charles Winters Is Born Charles Winters, who helps Israel build its first air force, is born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Winters, who is not Jewish, works as a government purchasing agent during World War II and runs...

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon meets with the father of abducted soldier Benny Avraham during a military memorial service in September 2001. In January 2004, Sharon approved an exchange that brought Avraham’s body, along with those of two other soldiers captured and killed by Hezbollah, back to Israel. Photo: Moshe Milner, Israeli Government Press Office

This week in Israeli history: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2

CENTER FOR ISRAEL EDUCATION January 27, 2022

Jan. 27, 2006 — First U.N. Holocaust Remembrance Day The first U.N.-recognized International Holocaust Remembrance Day is held on the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The president of the U.N. General Assembly, Jan Eliasson, says...

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...

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