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FROM OTTOMANS TO ISRAELIS  -  Lecture series with Elkan D Levy
Elkan D. Levy was until his Aliyah in 2011 the Director of the Office for Small (Jewish) Communities, responsible for 70 communities in the UK, from Truro to Margate and from Bognor to north of Aberdeen. A solicitor for 30 years, he also served as President of the United Synagogue from 1996-99. Educated in London, Israel and New York, Elkan is well known as a dynamic lecturer who is deeply interested in British and World Jewry, its past and its future. He believes passionately in the unity of the Jewish people.

Herbert Samuel: Englishman, Jew, Aristocrat, Parliamentarian, Zionist
8.00pm Sunday 11 September
Herbert Samuel was an English Jew. Born in Liverpool in 1870, he came from the privileged group of families that dominated the Jewish community for almost 200 years. Samuel became a Member of Parliament, was the first Jew to be a member of the Cabinet, and held very high offices including Home Secretary. He was also a strong Zionist. His influence in the Government in 1915 led to the Balfour Declaration in 1917. Samuel became the first British High Commissioner in Palestine.
Elkan Levy knew both Lord and Lady Samuel – they were at his bar mitzvah – and will add his personal reminiscences to a lively biography of a most important but often forgotten figure in Zionist history.

Allenby in Palestine: 1917 & All That
8.00pm Sunday 25 September
General Sir Edmund Allenby was sent to Palestine in June 1917 after Britain had lost two major battles against the Turks. The Bull took charge in a theatre regarded as a sideshow and starved of both men and supplies. When Jerusalem was captured in December “as a Christmas present to the British people”, it was the first undeniable British victory of the war. The effect on morale was huge and the consequences for Jewish history were enormous. The British Mandate over Palestine was the result, and the road was set for the creation of the State. Allenby’s effect on the Middle East is still felt.

Sowing In Tears & Reaping In Joy: The Creation Of The State Of Israel
8.00pm Thursday 6 October
Less than fifty-one years after Herzl convened the First Zionist Congress at Basle, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the formation of the State of Israel on Friday 14 May 1948. The intervening years had been a roller-coaster of achievements and disappointments, and the supreme horror of the Holocaust. Only two days before the meeting, the People’s Council had voted by the smallest of margins to declare independence. No one knew the name of the new state until Ben-Gurion announced it. Britain was a reluctant agent, but the State of Israel emerged. This lecture traces the background and personalities leading to one of the greatest Jewish events of all time.

Members Series NIS 80   Members pre-paid NIS 30   Members at Door NIS 40   Non-members NIS 50