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Ground Broken in Montreal for Construction of Israel Pavilion

A unique ground-breaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction work here on Israel’s pavilion at Expo’ 67, the Montreal Fair. During the ceremony, earth from Mount Zion in Jerusalem — brought from Israel in a sealed bag and certified by the Chief Rabbinate — was deposited in the pavilion’s foundations together with a commemorative Hebrew scroll.

Dignitaries on hand for the occasion at the Notre Dame Island site included a representative of Mayor Jean Drapeau, a Citizen’s Committee headed by Allan Bronfman, a group of Expo officials under Robert Shaw and the Consul General of Israel in Montreal, Lt. Colonel Dov Sinai.