The Birth of Israel: 18 Months That Changed Jewish Destiny

The Exhibit

The Simon Wiesenthal Center‘s newest traveling exhibition tells the story of the 18 months leading up to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It contains original documents, historic photos and remarkable stories. The 20 panels that make up the exhibit highlight the Jewish people's long journey home, the struggle for a Jewish state, the leading figures who advocated for statehood, and the villains who tried to block it.

Also included is the UN’s partition vote that almost did not happen, the role the world entertainment community played, President Harry Truman‘s fight with his state department, the days leading up to independence, and finally Zionism in Israel today. The exhibit, which is self-contained in design for easy travel and set up is available for sale to communities, campuses, and synagogues.

For more information about acquiring this exhibit for an event/venue space, please contact Alison Pure-Slovin, SWC Midwest Region Director, at 312.981.0105 or via email at

More Info

Quantity of Panels: 20 Panels

Panel Dimensions: 36" x 83"


February 20 University of California, Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, California


May 9 Yom Ha'atzmaut Celebration at Santa Monica College. Santa Monica, California
April 30-May 14 Congregation KINS, West Rogers Park. Chicago, Illinois
January 13 Atlanta Jewish Life Festival. Atlanta, Georgia


November 21 North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Highland Park, Illinois
January 19 Congregation Or Torah. Skokie, Illinois

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