Eyewitness 1948


תולדות ישראל


Eyewitness 1948 is a short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael that tells the stories of Israel’s founding through the eyes of the people who lived it. The Eyewitness 1948 films address the heroism of the era as well as the complex moral dilemmas confronted by a young nation battling for its existence. The films serve as primary-source materials for educational curricula that bring to life the founding of the State of Israel for today’s young Jews.

What is Toldot Yisrael?  Called by Israel's Ambassador to the US Michael Oren, “a project of paramount importance for Israel and its supporters worldwide,”  Toldot Yisrael is a Jerusalem based nonprofit dedicated to recording and sharing the firsthand testimonies of the men and women who helped found the State of Israel. Over 600 video interviews have been conducted with those who were involved during the pre-State struggle and the momentous events of 1948. The interviews are housed in Israel's National Library, the official library of the State of Israel and the Jewish people and bring authentic accounts of the founding of the State of Israel to the general public - both in Israel and the Diaspora. Toldot Yisrael’s aim is to conduct hundreds more over the next few years – while it is still possible. 

Echoes of a Shofar  Yom Kippur 1930. The Kotel. Moshe Segal blows shofar to end the fast and is arrested by the British. What was his crime?

November 29, 1947: The Story of a Vote   A vote that lasted a mere three minutes on November 29, 1947 changed the course of Jewish History and brought 20 centuries of Jewish homelessness to an end.

Toldot Yisrael Founding Supporters:

Jim Joseph Foundation, Shaula Alexander Yemini, The Natan Fund, Milken Family Foundation, Lauren and Martin Geller, David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation,

Tova and Howard Weiser, Charles H. Revson Foundation, MZ Foundation, Saban Family Foundation, Jewish Funders Network - Anonymous Donor, Henrietta Rosen Trust,

Tali and Boaz Weinstein Foundation, Flank Family, Azrieli Foundation, Renee and David Golush, Alexander Charitable Foundation, Marcia Riklis, Anonymous

A Bravery Fiercer than Death: The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion  The tragic yet inspiring story of 35 young soldiers--mostly students at the Hebrew University-- who set out from Jerusalem to bring much-needed supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc south of the city.