A documentary short in remembrance of the Holocaust.
In a moving ceremony at his residence, Israeli President Shimon Peres presented the 2012 Beautiful Israel Award to the Keren Keyemet L’ Israel or the Jewish National Fund. The award, given out since 1977, goes to those who’ve made significant and unique contributions to the quality of life and the environment in Israel… KKL-JNF more than qualifies…the non-profit which is celebrating its 110 anniversary this year has a long history of buying, developing and beautifying the land of Israel… We met Efi Stenzler - the world chairman of KKL-JNF- at the organization’s historic headquarters in Tel Aviv…today most of the building is a museum that showcases how the land-buying fund helped new immigrants transform much of the arid and uninhabitable terrain of Israel into fertile land that could support thriving communities. This KKL-JNF office also housed Israel’s provisional government under David Ben-Gurion six months before the State was declared…in this very room Ben-Gurion signed Israel’s declaration of Independence… By that time KKL-JNF had already been around more than 45 years…it was established in 1901 at the 5th Zionist Congress in Basel. Viennese Professor Zvi Shapira, with the support of Theodore Herzl, decided to raise money from Jews the world over in order to buy land in Israel from Arabs and others… The tin blue donation box soon became the iconic symbol of KKL-JNF…the collection boxes were put on counters in every corner of the world…they …
At a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem marking the 11-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said “an Iran armed with a nuclear weapon is an unacceptable threat” and that the US “will not permit it to be realised”. Shapiro along with ambassadors from around the world and members of the families of the Israeli victims of 9/11, held the memorial at a monument created for the victims on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
צילום: רועי אברהם, לע”מ.
Ukraine on Aug. 24 marked its 21st birthday with speeches by the nation’s leaders and his critics in the capital Kyiv. The ceremonies and meetings were fired by a concert on Independence Square and a fireworks display.
More than 20,000 people in various venues in London attended the British Zionist Federation’s “Minute for Munich” program that was promoted via social media.
India’s 13th president Pranab Mukherjee has been sworn in and given a ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Mukherjee inspected the guard of honour whilst former President of India Pratibha Patil and members of India’s parliament watched on. The position of Indian president has in the past been mainly ceremonial, but as it is unlikely that any party will win a majority in the elections in 2014, Mukherjee’s role may involve more political power. In the event of a hung parliament the president could have to make the decision on who would form the next government. Mukherjee is a top leader of the Congress Party, and resigned from his previous post as Finance Minister to enable himself to run for President.
A ceremony to remember the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics was held in London near the Olympic village.
The widow of an Israeli athlete slain in the 1972 Munich massacre praised President Obama’s decision to join her campaign for a moment of silence at the London Olympic Games.
Conservative rabbis are devising a wedding ceremony for same-sex couples. They created a traditional service, but some gays and lesbians want more egalitarian rites.