tag: Israel

  • Appeal for aid for Sephardim from the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Palestine that claims that “libels spread abroad” threaten the unity of the Jewish Community.

    Turn of the 20th century

  • Map of the Holy Land distributed by the Bureau of Education of the Jewish Community of New York City.


  • Nathan Straus was co-owner of Macy’s and a prominent Zionist philanthropist who also supported local efforts to build pasteurization labs and prevent illness. In this letter he apologizes for not being able to participate in a cause.


  • Correspondence from Nathan Straus to the American Jewish Historical Society, which is now one of the partners of the Center for Jewish History.


  • In 1918, Louis Lipsky was “secretary for organization” of the Zionist Organization of America. In this letter he thanks the wife of a Rabbi for assistance in recruiting members in Birmingham, Alabama.


  • Letter from Albert Einstein in Berlin with proposed solutions to concerns that money earmarked for a university would be used for other purposes.


  • Bezalel Exhibition Journal. Nathan Straus was a major donor to what would become the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the national art academy of Israel.


  • Advertisement for a slideshow of pictures of the Holy Land.

    Early to mid 20th century

  • Note from Justice Louis Brandeis expressing concern about his name being used in fundraising efforts.


  • Tribute to Albert Einstein concert program for a New York Zionist Region event at Carnegie Hall.


  • Journal of the Mizrachi-Zionist Organization of America Convention in Washington, D.C.


  • Letter to Louis Lipsky after the United Palestine Appeal fundraiser “Night of Stars” stating the highest amount of money that was raised in the series of annual events.


  • Letter from Chaim Weizmann, first President of the State of Israel, to American Zionists.


  • Cover of the "Mizrachi Women’s News," Chanukah/Convention edition.


  • Letter from Brandeis to David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel.


  • Advertisement for a Zionist gathering sponsored by major Zionist organizations.


  • Letter from Chaim Weizmann, first President of Israel, inviting American Jews to New York to discuss the “present Zionist situation.”


  • The Haganah Ship Exodus carried 4,515 passengers who were attempting illegal immigration to the Holy Land. All of the passengers were turned away and sent back to Europe.


  • Plane with a Star of David that was probably used in the fight for independence.

    Mid-20th century

  • “Yankee Pasha the Bagel Lancer” plane and its pilot, Hal Auerbach. The plane was used in the fight for independence.


  • “Yankee Pasha the Bagel Lancer” plane and its crew. The plane was used in the fight for independence.


  • Photograph from the AMIT collections depicting ambulances paid for by Americans. AMIT is the largest women’s religious Zionist organization, with 40,000 members in 2010.

    Mid 20th century

  • Zionist rally.

    20th century

  • First Tarnigroder Society notice of an emergency meeting just days before the Six-Day War.

    June 1st, 1967

  • Membership brochure of the Religious Zionists of America.


  • Brochure about tours to Israel sponsored by the Religious Zionists of America.


  • President Reagan with Ovadia Yosef, Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

    Early 1980s

  • Photograph of World Jewish Congress in Jerusalem.


  • Ansie Sokoloff, civic leader and singer, speaks on Israel.



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