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Organizers: Part VI: The Leaders
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009

Theodor Herzl is known as the father of modern Zionism. He was a Hungarian Jewish journalist who was born in Pest in Hungary and moved with his family to Vienna in 1878. He started writing about what was then called the “Jewish problem” in the 1890’s and in his view the only solution...

Organizers: Part V: The Enablers
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009

The idea of a special agency to assist Jews to immigrate and settle in their new Jewish homeland was first debated and discussed during the First Zionist Congress in 1897. When the Balfour Declaration accelerated the process the idea became crucial to making this dream a reality. At...

Organizers: Part IV: The Fighters
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009

Nothing in Jewish history has ever been achieved easily and for the early recruits of Zionism to their original homelands they quickly learned that not only would they have to struggle to earn a living and build community they would also have to very rapidly develop an ability to...

Organizers: Part III: The Builders
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009

One of the more interesting models of living that developed out of early Zionism was the kibbutz which literally translated meant a gathering or cluster. Its plural is kibbutzim and it was a form of collective community based on agriculture that first appeared when early Zionists began...

Organizers: Part II: The Dreamers
By Sarah Kronenberg - January 11, 2009

The dream of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East had always been a preoccupation for Jews all even as expulsions and evictions from their original birth lands led them all over the world. It was seen as a necessary step to fulfill the prophesies foretold to their ancestors and the...
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