Jan. 13, 1922 — Zionist Leader Meets With Harding

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January 13: Nahum Sokolow, shown in 1929, met with President Warren Harding for almost an hour Jan. 13, 1922, and received assurances of U.S. government support for Zionism. 

Nahum Sokolow, the president of the World Zionist Congress’ Executive Committee, meets with U.S. President Warren Harding for nearly an hour during a tour to raise money for Jewish settlement in Palestine. Sokolow briefs Harding on the hardships and persecution faced by European Jews and progress on the Zionist enterprise. Sokolow’s son Florian says Harding offers sympathy for Zionism and promises U.S. government support.

 

 

Jan. 14, 1925 — Rabbi Carlebach Is Born

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 January 14: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach performs in Tel Aviv in 1973.

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, one of modern Judaism’s most influential composers, is born in Berlin. He spends his early years in Baden, Austria, where his father is the chief rabbi. The family escapes to Lithuania in July 1938, then moves to Brooklyn after Germany invades Poland in September 1939. He founds the House of Love and Prayer in San Francisco in the 1960s and starts a moshav near Tel Aviv, Me’or Modi’in, when he settles in Israel in 1977.

 

 

Jan. 15, 2014 — Israel Joins CERN as Full Member

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January 15: Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman represents Israel at the flag-raising ceremony at CERN on Jan. 15, 2014. By Laurent Egil, CERN.

A flag-raising ceremony at the Geneva headquarters of the European Organization for Nuclear Research marks Israel’s new status as the twenty first full member of the sixty-year-old organization known as CERN. Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman is given a tour of the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator. Israeli scientists first worked with CERN in 1991, and Israel became an associate member in 2011.

 

Jan. 16, 2003 — Space Shuttle Launches With Ramon

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January 16: Israel’s first astronaut, Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon, kept kosher and observed Shabbat during his mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

The space shuttle Columbia launches from the Kennedy Space Center with Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. The son and grandson of Auschwitz survivors, Ramon marks Shabbat and eats kosher food in space. No one knows that a piece of foam has broken off the shuttle’s external tank during the launch and damaged a wing. As a result, Columbia disintegrates on re-entry Feb. 1, killing all seven crew members.

 

Jan. 17, 1930 — High Commissioner Calls for End of Jewish Home

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January 17: The views of Sir John Chancellor (center) shifted toward support for the Arabs after rioting in 1928 and 1929. 

Sir John Chancellor, the British high commissioner in Palestine from 1928 to 1931, expresses his growing anti-Zionist views in a ninety-page report to the Colonial Office, the longest known dispatch from a high-ranking British official to enumerate Arab grievances in Palestine. Chancellor calls for putting to rest Arab anger by ending British efforts to establish a Jewish national home in the Land of Israel.

 

Jan. 18, 1906 — Bezalel Art School Opens

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January 18: The original Bezalel School, shown in 1913, closed in 1929 because of finances and was re-established in 1935 as the New Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts.

Forty women, chosen from a pool of four hundred applicants, begin studying painting, drawing and tapestry at the new Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts, founded in Jerusalem by artist Boris Schatz. The school aims to teach crafts to the people of Jerusalem, develop original Jewish art, and find a visual expression for national and spiritual Jewish independence by merging Eastern and Western artistic traditions with the local culture.

 

 

Jan. 19, 2010 — Hamas Military Leader Is Assassinated

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January 19: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed in a room like this in the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai. By Christian Kloeppel via Wikimedia Commons.

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas military commander and the founder of its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, is suffocated in his hotel room shortly after his arrival in Dubai. A police report blames a “professional criminal gang” that flees before the body is discovered. The killing is widely attributed to the Mossad, and investigators identify more than two dozen suspects who traveled to and from Dubai on forged passports.

 

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