Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington | Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

Collections: Objects of the Month

May 2010: Flag of Israel, 1948

Archives Record
Object #: 2003.22.1
Donor: Ruthe Katz
Description: Israeli flag signed by local Zionist leaders, May 14, 1948

2003.22.1-large.jpgBackground: Leaders of Washington's Zionist community signed this Israeli flag at Isador and Bessie Turover's celebration of Israel's independence. Signers included Ruth and Joseph Cherner, Rebecca and John Safer, Minnie and Abe Kay, and Louis Grossberg.
Click here to see enlarged signature area of the flag.

Washington Jews celebrated. A wildly jubilant crowd gathered at the Jewish Agency building at 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, spilling out the door and onto the lawn. Rabbi Zemach Green offered a prayer of thanks. Members of the Habonim danced the hora and the crowd sang "Hatikvah."

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