Egypt - Eretz Zion and Jerusalem

The community of Egyptian Jewry and the next generation

About 120,000 Jews lived in Egypt in 1948, and they experienced firsthand three waves of expulsion and departure. Half of them immigrated to Israel, and it was only their love for the Promised Land that helped them overcome the suffering of absorption during the 1950s.

The community also had a broad and cosmopolitan education, which was commonplace among the Jews of Egypt, as well as knowledge of many languages. Boys who experienced the disgrace of expulsion in 1956, went on to become the pillars of industry, economy and culture in Israel, and some even won the Israel Prize in their respective fields.

Some examples are:
Dr. David Harari, who invented the first unmanned aerial vehicle in the world, for the Israeli aviation industry, and brought much honor and prestige to the country.
Ovadia Harari, who managed the production of the Lavi fighter aircraft.
Victor Medina, Director General of the Ministry of Finance, economist and one of the senior bankers in Israel.
Hotel tycoon, Eli Popushdo.

In the field of culture – award-winning writers such as Ronit Matalon and Orly Castel-Blum; singer Lilit Nagar; comedian Shaike Levy (of the Gashash HaHiver trio); Yosef Bar-El, CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and others.

In the field of medicine it is important to mention that Egyptian-born ophthalmologists established the first departments of ophthalmology in Israel; in the academy – Prof. Ezra Talmor established the first Department of Philosophy at Haifa University.

Members of the Egyptian community were also full partners in promoting settlement and establishing kibbutzim such as Bror Hayil, Nachshonim, Kfar Aza, Ein Shemer, and moshavim such as Kfar Aviv, Emunim and others.

Members of the community also made history in sports – the Maccabi Alexandria basketball team who immigrated to Israel in 1951, joined Hapoel Ein Harod and contributed to impressive achievements in Israel and Europe; other athletes honorably represented Israel at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.

In public work, the community was significantly represented thanks to Ora Herzog (wife of Haim Herzog), Susie Even (wife of Aba Even) and others.

We are blessed that we have returned to Zion and witnessed the resurrection in the Land of Israel!

About the event

We all meet and celebrate the resurgence of the culture of the Jews from Arab countries and Iran, together with communities around the world.
Connect to a special broadcast like you’ve never seen before!
You can take part interactively, and might even be seen on screen.
Guests, artists, music and stories come together in an uplifting one-time event.

משרד ירושלים ומורשת Jerusalem and heritage
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המשרד לשיוויון חברתי

Indiquez vos noms et adresse électronique et nous enverrons un mail de rappel et le lien vers l’événement.
Vous pourrez le visionner en tout lieu, sur votre ordinateur ou votre smartphone.
Nous nous réjouissons de vous compter parmi nous !

Vous êtes invités à participer dans la salle de votre communauté et nous vous verrons peut-être à l’écran !
La salle est limitée à 1 000 participants pour chaque communauté – ne perdez pas un instant pour vous inscrire et réserver votre place.
Avant l’événement nous vous enverrons un rappel et un lien pour que vous puissiez vous connecter de partout avec un ordinateur muni d’une webcam ou un smartphone.

Fill in your details below, and we’ll send you a notification to your email address, and a link to the actual event. You can choose to watch the event anywhere, through any computer or smartphone. Looking forward to having you amongst our viewers!

Feel free to join your community room, and we may feature you on the live broadcast!
The place is limited to 1,000 participants in each community – so hurry to register and secure a place.
Closer to the event, we will send you a reminder and a link, so you can join from anywhere using a computer with a camera or smartphone.

מלאו את הפרטים ונשלח לכם למייל תזכורת ואת הקישור לאירוע עצמו.
תוכלו לצפות מכל מקום – באמצעות מחשב או סמארטפון.
נשמח לראותכם בין אורחינו!

מוזמנים להצטרף לחדר הקהילה שלכם, ואולי נשתף אתכם בשידור!
המקום מוגבל ל-1,000 משתתפים בכל קהילה – מהרו להירשם ולהבטיח מקום.
חדרי הקהילה יפתחו כחצי שעה לפני השידור. סמוך לאירוע, נשלח אליכם תזכורת וקישור, כך תוכלו להצטרף מכל מקום באמצעות מחשב עם מצלמה או סמארטפון.