PURIM HOLIDAY CHARITY AUCTION:
FEBRUARY 22-24 SUPPORTING LATET
THE MIRACLE OF GIVING
Latet ("to give" in Hebrew) is the largest nonprofit in Israel combating poverty and food insecurity. Acting as an umbrella organization for 180 local associations, Latet operates the leading national food bank and runs impactful aid programs, providing monthly assistance to 60,000 families and 1,000 Holocaust Survivors. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Latet has added 12,000 new families experiencing economic hardship to its list of aid recipients.
Latet was established in 1996 in order to reduce poverty, for a better and just society, by providing assistance to populations in need, on a universal basis. This Purim, you can join in Latet's mission to help needy Israelis by bidding on historical treasures from the Zionist pioneers who gave so much of themselves to the People & State of Israel. Together we can build a stronger Israel.
THEODOR HERZL HAND-CRAFTED WALL CARPET
FAMED IMAGE OF ZIONISM'S FOUNDER
EARLY 20TH CENTURY, JERUSALEM
Herzl spent most of his adult life giving to the cause of Israel. This hand-crafted orientalist carpet with a portrait of Theodor Herzl was created a century ago at the weaving workshop of the nonprofit Alliance Israélite Universelle School in Jerusalem. In its center, Herzl is seen in his famous pose leaning on the Basel Switzerland balcony, gazing at a procession of Jewish exiles making Aliyah. The walls of Jerusalem and the Tower of David grace the background above a blazing menorah shining the light of Zionism to Jews worldwide. The Alliance Israélite Universelle was founded in Paris in 1860 to improve the welfare of Jews in the Land of Israel and around the world. In 1882 the Alliance opened a trade-school in Jerusalem to provide young men - and in 1884 young women - from low-income families with vocational training in carpentry, blacksmithing, metal-founding, wood and stone carving as well as sewing, embroidery, dressmaking and carpet-weaving.
A similar item has previously sold at Sotheby's Auction House.
40 x 24in; in Good Condition
THEODOR HERZL EARLY PRINTED PHOTOGRAPH
WITH STRIKING IMPRINTED AUTOGRAPH AND DATE
DECEMBER 1896, LONDON ENGLAND
This strikingly beautiful and iconic photograph of Theodor Herzl in his prime, was printed in London, England in 1896. The bottom of the cabinet photo features an imprinted autograph of the founder of modern Zionism. This bold and impressive photographic bust of Herzl is among the very few images, of which we are aware, capturing the legendary Zionist leader during the same year he published his famed manifesto, "Der Judenstaat" or "The Jewish State".
6.5 x 4in; In Good Condition
This photo is in good condition, with only a small corner of the card missing, which has no effect on the image (front and back of image featured).
DER JUDENSTAAT // THE JEWISH STATE
FIRST AMERICAN YIDDISH PRINTING
1917, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This historic book is the first American Yiddish printing of Theodor Herzl's Zionist manifesto "Der Judenstaat" ("The Jewish State"). The cover of this rare 94 page edition features a striking image of the author under the Zionist and American flags. Translated anonymously, this landmark work is considered the first U.S. translation and publication into Yiddish of the full text (and not just a portion or highlights). Although the cover has edges in frayed condition, we can not over state how important and impactful this book was on the early Zionist movement.
In this essay, Theodor Herzl presents the main points of his understanding of the "Jewish problem" and its solution. He suggests a plan for the organization and establishment of a longed-for Jewish state. In the theoretical section of the essay, he proves that the Jewish nation is indeed a national entity, and he discusses the failure of the Emancipation and the inevitable rise of anti-semitism. He expects that the nations of the world will no longer tolerate the Jewish nation within them because of their religious and spiritual differences. According to Herzl, only a political solution that will lead to the concentration of the Jewish nation within her own sovereign territory, with the backing of the cultured nations of the world will solve the affliction of the Jewish People.
5.25 x 7.25in; In Frame Worthy Condition
THEODOR HERZL TYPED LETTER
MARCH 6 1902, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
This watermarked letter from the Executive Committee of the Zionist Congress in Vienna is hand-signed by Theodor Herzl himself as Chairman and head of the "Funfer-Ausschuss" ("Committee of Five"). Herzl starts by addressing his "Very honorable colleague" and ends the letter with "Hochachtungsvoll mit Zionsgruss" ("Sincerely Yours with Zion's Greetings"). Incredibly, this letter references Johann Kremenezky, an industrialist, electrical engineer, and co-founder of the Jewish National Fund with Herzl, becoming its first Chairman. The letter also discusses Joel Weil, a close associate of Herzl from the famed Basel Switzerland, where the first Zionist Congress was held five years prior. 1902 was a significant year for Herzl as he published "Altneuland" ("The Old New Land"), which expanded on Herzl's vision for a Jewish return to the Land of Israel.
7.75 x 10.75in; In Good Condition
ZION ALBUM SHEET MUSIC
EARLY PRINTING OF HATIKVAH
1917, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Printed in English and Hebrew by the Hebrew Publishing Company for piano, this beautifully designed five page sheet music folio is one of the earliest musical printings of "Hatikvah". "The Hope" is a 19th-century Jewish poem and today's national anthem of Israel. The theme of the romantic composition reflects the Jews' 2,000-year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel, restoring it, and reclaiming it as a free and sovereign nation. Its lyrics are adapted from a poem by Naftali Herz Imber. On the cover is a portrait of Theodor Herzl, with Hebrew, English and Yiddish song lyrics on the back cover.
“O while within a Jewish breast
Beats true a Jewish heart,
And Jewish glances turning East
To Zion fondly dart"
– Naftali Herz Imber, “Hatikvah”
9.25 x 12.25in; In Fine Condition
CHAIM WEIZMANN & PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN
GIFTING A TORAH, HISTORIC ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPH
MAY 25 1948, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This original historic photograph was housed for decades in the archives of the Associated Press in London. It captures a touching moment in Zionist history, when Chaim Weizmann, who just became Israel's first President, met then U.S. President Harry Truman at the White House. Weizmann spent most of his adult life giving to the cause of Israel. Weizmann had met with Truman months earlier, hoping to sway America's favor in supporting the Zionist dream. President Truman was enormously impressed with Weizmann, and promised him that if the Jews proclaimed a state when the British left Palestine on May 14, he would recognize it immediately. A week after Israel was established, Weizmann gifted the American people a Torah scroll as a gesture of gratitude for that support. The Torah had originally been gifted by eminent New York Rabbi Louis Finkelstein to his son for his bar mitzvah, but was then entrusted to Weizmann for this holy diplomatic purpose. The Truman Torah, as it is now called, resides at the Truman Library in Missouri.
8 x 6in; In Fine Condition
DAVID BEN-GURION TO CHAIM WEIZMANN
HISTORIC WWII ERA JEWISH AGENCY TELEGRAM
OCTOBER 19 1942, NEW YORK
This original historic telegram was sent from the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Palestine to Chaim Weizmann, who would eventually become Israel's first President. In May 1942, the Weizmann convened a meeting of leading Zionists in New York pressing for a policy of unrestricted immigration into Palestine in light of the horrors inflicted on the Jewish community of Europe. Weizmann heralded that a Jewish Commonwealth needed to be established, helping to prompt Churchill to give his backing for the founding of the State of Israel. At this time, David Ben-Gurion, who spent most of his adult life giving to the cause of Israel, served as the Chairman of the Jewish Agency's Executive Committee. In the years before the founding of the state, the Jewish Agency oversaw the establishment of about 1,000 towns and villages in Mandate Palestine.
When World War II broke out, the Jewish Agency established a committee to aid European Jewry by finding them entry permits to Palestine, sending them food, and maintaining contact. The Agency also helped recruit 40,000 members of the Palestinian Jewish community to be trained by the British military and aid in the Allies' struggle against the Nazis
8.5 x 7.25 in; In Good Condition, Two Pages
BEN-GURION DECLARES AN
INDEPENDENT STATE OF ISRAEL
MAY 14 1948, TEL AVIV
This historic archival photograph captures one of the most important moments in Jewish history, David Ben-Gurion publicly proclaiming the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel. The ceremony was held in the Tel Aviv Museum (today known as Independence Hall) but was not widely publicized as it was feared that the British authorities might attempt to prevent it or that the Arab armies might invade earlier than expected. The event started at 4pm (a time chosen so as not to break Shabbat) and was broadcast live as the first transmission of the new radio station Kol Yisrael.
6.75 x 4.75 in; In Decent Condition with some wear
DAVID BEN-GURION, ISRAEL : A PERSONAL HISTORY
HAND-SIGNED COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
1971, TEL AVIV / NEW YORK
Funk & Wagnalls / Sabra Books, 862 Pages with Illustrations, In Fine Condition
This commemorative edition, numbered 1860 of only 2000 printed, of David Ben-Gurion's book “Israel: A Personal History” is boldly signed by the author himself on the title page. This is a near perfect printing of his published recollections of the founding of the State of Israel. Sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal, this epic sweeping narrative features historic documents, personal correspondences and
speeches from Israel’s first Prime Minister while sharing his perspective on the history of the Jewish People from Abraham to the 19th Century Ottoman-era Jewish resettlement, from the rise of a nationalist-Zionist movement under the British Mandate to the establishment of the modern Jewish State. A timeless treasure for every generation, this unique edition is a testimony to the enduring spirit of the Jewish People.
BEN-GURION'S 86TH BIRTHDAY
PHOTOGRAPH WITH CHILDREN
17 TISHREI 1972, SDE BOKER
This historic archival photograph shows a touching moment when two Israeli children are wishing David Ben-Gurion a happy birthday on his Hebrew date, 17th of Tishrei or September 26th 1972. This original image comes from the offical Israel Press & Photo Agency archives. The children are quoted as saying that he should enjoy the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel, parting with "See you next year". Ben-Gurion moved with his wife Paula to their Kibbutz Sde Boker desert home in 1953, which manifested Ben-Gurion’s pioneering vision of settling the Negev.
7.25 x 5.25 in; In Good Condition
PRIME MINISTER GOLDA MEIR SIGNATURE
ON RARE PAPER FLAG FOR YOM HAATZMAUT
MAY 7 1973, ISRAEL
This paper Israeli flag honoring Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, would be rare on its own. Here we are honored to have it with the autograph of Golda Meir. Golda spent her life giving to Israel. She served as Israel's fourth Prime Minister. Born in Kiev, she emigrated to the United States as a child in 1906. When she was elected prime minister of Israel in 1969, she was the world's fourth and Israel's first and only woman to hold the office of Prime Minister. Ben-Gurion used to call Golda "the best man in the government". She was a tireless giver to Israel, strong-willed, straight-talking, grandmother of the Jewish People.
8.25 x 3.25 in; In Good Condition
PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN HAND-SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH
SEPTEMBER 9 1974, ISRAEL
Yitzhak Rabin spent his life giving to Israel. He was born in Jerusalem and led a 27-year career as a soldier. As a teenager he joined the Palmach, and rose through its ranks to become its chief of operations during the 1948 War. He was appointed IDF Chief of Staff in 1964 and oversaw Israel's victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. Rabin served as Israel's ambassador to the United States from 1968 to 1973. He was appointed Prime Minister of Israel in 1974. In 1994, Rabin won the Nobel Peace Prize. In November 1995, he was tragically assassinated and has become a symbol of peace.
7.5 x 5.25 in; In Good Condition
FEBRUARY 3 1977, ISRAEL
Shimon Peres spent his life giving to Israel. Peres served as the ninth President of Israel, and the twice Prime Minister of Israel. At the time of his retirement in 2014, he was the world's oldest head of state and was considered the last link to Israel's founding generation. Peres engineered the 1994 Israel–Jordan peace treaty, and won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1996, he founded the Peres Center for Peace, which has the aim of promoting lasting peace and advancement in the Middle East.
7.5 x 5.25 in; In Good Condition
EARLY HAND-CRAFTED FLAG
STATE OF ISRAEL
We love seeing these retired old flags honored in style when framed prominently on the wall. Nothing compares to the pride one feels when knowing that the star and stripes of Israel’s blue and white flag had a long life fluttering in the breeze. More than a state, Israel is a people, a faith and a light unto the nations. In less than a century, Israel’s flag has become an iconic representation of the painful past, prodigious present and fantastic future of the Jewish People - at home and abroad.
This hand-crafted flag, sewn during the earliest days of the creation of the state, pays homage to the sacrifices of Israel’s founding Zionists. These pioneers secured the miracle of modern statehood for generations to come. This flag reminds us all that the Jewish People, wherever they may be, are united by the idea and ideals for which Israel so staunchly stands.
52 x 37in; Linen; In Decent Condition with minor wear