At Israel’s 50th Independence Jubilee of the reunification of Jerusalem the JNF (Jewish National Fund) – Ammunition Hill - 6 Day War Museum was officially opened. This museum consisted of the rarest and most unique artifacts sacred to the liberation of Jerusalem and the original national flag.
The Israeli flag is our arguably our people’s most identified symbol, representing our commonalities as Jews. This year as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Israel, the museum sent out roughly 5000 full-size national flags to Jewish schools around the world for students’ blessings and signatures. Every flag will be brought to Ammunition Hill, then forwarded to the national archive for 30 years and stored in a time capsule for safekeeping. The capsule will be opened as part of Israel’s 100th independence day festivities.
200 flags will be carefully selected and hung on the walls of the museum’s exhibition hall. We hope our flag will be included! 8th grade students and Judaics/Hebrew teachers Sigal Devorah, Emily Ellentuck, Tamar and Yoni Green, and Chen Shterenbach, as well as Director of Judaics/Hebrew Rabbi Billy Lewkowicz and Head of School Jon Ben-Asher signed the flag on behalf of THA. All penned their prayers, blessings, and hopes for the nation and Jerusalem. Students invested a piece of our shared culture and expressed a commitment to our homeland through this activity, experiencing our core values of living Judaism and supporting Israel here at the Tucson Hebrew Academy.
Happy birthday Israel!