Saturday, February 7, 2009

Center Bulletin Vol. 5, No. 16; 5 February 2009



16 February 2009

4th Annual Elitzur Lecture

5:30pm Reception
6:00pm Lecture

Prof. Moshe Arens will speak about the research he has done regarding the Betar's role in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and specifically about the role of Pavel Frankel. This month his book was published in Hebrew called Flags Above the Ghetto, and will be available for sale during the evening event. He hopes to publish this book in English, in the near future.

This event, sponsored by the Friedman family in honor of their late husband and father Elitzur, will be in English and is open to the public for free. Please call 02-565-2020 for reservations or reply to this email.

18 February 2009

"Yair"—An evening about Avraham "Yair" Stern

7:00pm The evening's events begin

An evening to remember Yair Stern, founder of the Lechi, who was shot by a British CID officer in 1942 on 25 Shvat, will be held. There will be films shown as well as a lecture, interviews and underground songs.
This event is in Hebrew and is already fully booked.

1 March 2009

Yarzheit of Menachem Begin

5:30pm at the Begin Center

This year marks 17 years since Menachem Begin passed away. The Begin Center will be holding a commemoration event in the evening that includes a multi-media presentation in conjunction with Nahum Heyman who will lead sing-alongs with audience participation.

This event is in Hebrew and is open to the public.


This week a large group of religious young women and their families came to the Begin Center and held their ceremony to mark the completion of their regular army service in the Reuben Hecht Auditorium. This is an unusual group because most of the time, religious young women do a variation of army service by joining the corps of national service workers. In fact, the Begin Center has two such national service girls working here this year as their service to the nation. But these young women completed regular army service as other young men and women do in Israel.


The Education Department held three workshops this week for soldiers. A pre-officer infantry group—those who are thinking about and are on track to becoming officers—completed the Military Commander's Dilemmas workshop to give them a taste of what they can expect as commanders. A Nahal group of commanders completed the same workshop.

A high-ranking group of majors and colonels assigned to a special unit in combat engineering and who were part of the IDF's Operation "Cast Lead" in the Gaza Strip specifically regarding the weapons smuggling tunnels, came to participate in the Synergy workshop for teamwork. As a special element, Herzl Makov, Chairman of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, gave a lecture on Value-Based Leadership using Menachem Begin's life, work and heritage as an example.


Ynet, a popular news internet site in Israel, featured an article on the Krakow exhibition that is currently showing at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, "A World Before Catastrophe". The article is featured both on the Hebrew website and the English one. A link to the English website is here.


Nachum Segal, the most prominent Jewish radio show host in the New York-New Jersey Area, presenter of the well-listened "JM in the AM" program,, was a guest of the Center this past week. A close friend of the Center's supporter, Barry Liben, Mr. Segal, his brother, his producer and a friend and his son came in on Wednesday to tour the building and to experience the Center's Begin Museum.

Segal was so excited that he called Barry Liben as he entered the Sindy & Barry Liben Jerusalem Elevator in honor of American Betar to inform him of his immense satisfaction at being in the Center. Herzl Makov, Chairman of the Begin Center, met with Mr. Segal and Yisrael Medad, Director of Information Services, served as the group's guide.


The Menachem Begin Heritage Center extends a Mazal Tov to Josh Hasten and the whole Hasten Family, major supporters of the Begin Center, on Josh's achievement of earning CAMERA's 2009 Letter-Writer of the Year. We wish him many more such accolades in the future and to continue his great work for Israel.
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