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  • Israel Pays Homage to David Ben Gurion

    In a moving and meticulously arranged ceremony in the Knesset precincts this morning, the leaders of the nation and representatives of world Jewry and of friendly foreign governments took their last leave of the founder of modern Israel. David Ben Gurion. After a 28-minute religious ceremony during which–at the decedent’s request–no eulogies were given–the small… More ▸

  • Sde Boker is Final Resting Place for Former Prime Minister

    This tiny desert kibbutz where David Ben Gurion chose to make his home 20 years ago has been visited over the years by thousands of friends and admirers of the founder of Israel’s Statehood. Today it was the scene of a final pilgrimage as Ben Gurion’s body was laid to rest in a simple grave… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Express Grief; Memorial Meeting Scheduled Tuesday in N.Y.

    Messages of grief and sorrow were sent to Israel today by Jewish leaders in this country. Paul Zuckerman, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, stated: "The news of the death of the architect of the State of Israel brings grief to the American Jewish community, as it does to the people of Israel. It… More ▸

  • ‘everyman’s University’ Gets Nod

    The Cabinet approved yesterday the establishment of an “Everyman’s University” within the framework of a pilot project administered and financed by the Rothschild Foundation. The university will function through television programs, correspondence courses and classroom teaching. Its main purpose will be to enable adults to earn academic degrees. Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Yigal… More ▸

  • Knesset Pays Silent Tribute to Late President

    The Knesset suspended its session for 15 minutes today when word was received here of the death of former President Harry S. Truman at a Kansas City hospital this morning. Knesset Speaker Yisrael Yeshayahu delivered a brief eulogy recalling President Truman’s vital contribution to the Zionist cause at its most crucial juncture in history. The… More ▸

  • Council Refuses to Recognize Reform College As Higher Learning Institute

    The Council for Higher Education decided yesterday not to recognize the Reform-sponsored Hebrew Union College of Jerusalem as an Israeli institution of higher learning. The parent college trains Reform rabbis in the United States and awards only advanced degrees. Part of its courses are given in Israel, but degrees are awarded only at the college… More ▸

  • Histadrut Sets $1,15 M Goal; Gravel Urges Direct Israel-arab Negotiations

    A $1.15 million goal was set at the West Coast annual conference and banquet of the Israel Histadrut Campaign attended by 2,000 persons. The record goal includes $1 million in immediate and long term commitments to the Israel Histadrut Campaign and $150,000 to help create an Institute for Negev Studies in Sde Boker, home of… More ▸

  • Ben-gurion Predicts Half of Soviet Jews Would Move to Israel if Allowed to Emigrate

    Former Premier David Ben-Gurion predicts that half of Russia’s Jews would move to Israel if they were permitted to emigrate. Speaking at 85th birthday celebrations at his Sde Boker desert home, Ben-Gurion noted that “Israel must make preparations for such an eventuality.” He repeated his vision of Israel becoming not a Sparta-like military nation but… More ▸

  • Ben-gurion Hailed on 85th Birthday

    The top leaders of Israel landed by helicopter today at this tiny Negev village to honor its most famous inhabitant, David Ben-Gurion, and officially begin ten weeks of celebration marking the 85th birthday of Israel’s founder and first Premier. The official party, headed by President Zalman Shazar and Premier Golda Meir. included the Cabinet and… More ▸