Documenting Israel's 1948 Generation

5 Days, 5 Films: Featured Video

In partnership with the RCA, and in cooperation with Nefesh B’Nefesh, the OU, Religious Zionists of America, and Yeshiva University, Toldot Yisrael is featuring 5 films leading up to Yom Ha'atzmaut, celebrating Israel's 70th! Join us each day this week as we feature a different film honoring the heroes of Israel's independence.

By Air, Land, and Sea: Aliyah under the British Mandate

To celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), here is the dramatic story of immigrants from Europe and Iraq who made their way (illegally) to the Land of Israel in the 1930s and 40s - by Air, Land, and Sea.

Previously Featured Films

Featured Film from Yom HaZikaron (Wednesday, April 18)

To mark Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day), here is 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.

Featured Film from Tuesday, April 17

Did you know Vidal Sassoon left a hairdressing apprenticeship in London to fight in Israel's War of Independence? Watch his moving story and other stories of Jews from around the world who gave what they could in order to help the founding of the State of Israel.

The American Contribution

American Jews played a key, yet unknown role in the founding of the State of Israel. Watch this playlist of five unique stories about Americans that volunteered to help bring Holocaust refugees to Palestine and prepare the country for the War of Independence.


Featured Film from Sunday, April 15

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.

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