Objects of the Month

May 2010: Flag of Israel signed by community leaders, 1948

Flag of Israel signed by community leaders, 1948
  • Object No.: 2003.22.1
  • Donor: Ruthe Katz
  • Description:

    Israeli flag signed by leaders of local Zionist movement, May 14, 1948

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. See enlarged signature area of the flag.

JHSGW Collections. Gift of Judith Bernhardt. 

Washington Jews celebrated. A wildly jubilant crowd gathered at the Jewish Agency at 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 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."

We offer a poster and education guide called "Washington-area Teens and the Birth of Israel" for students and teachers.

To donate materials that document the D.C. area's contribution to the establishment of Israel to the Jewish Historical Society, contact us at info@jhsgw.org or (202) 789-0900.