Zionism in Theory and Practice: An Author in 1948 Israel

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

Local attorney, activist, and scholar Ephraim Margolin will speak about his new book, Philosophy of Early Zionism, a collection of essays based on a lecture series he gave at Congregation Beth Sholom, San Francisco, in spring 2016. Margolin analyzes the various expressions of Zionism: from biblical to political, from cultural to modern religious, from spiritual to nationalist. He follows the development of modern Hebrew as the unifier among early Zionists.

Ephraim Margolin also reflects on his “ordinary life”: he was born in Berlin; raised in Poland and Tel Aviv (where one of his house guests was a young Polish refugee named Menachem Begin); served in Israel’s War for Independence with the Irgun; served as Menachem Begin’s secretary; and has taught and practiced law in the Bay Area, served as president of the San Francisco Jewish Community Council, and provided free legal service to Israelis.

Program made possible, in part, by Chen and Rebekah Sapirstein.
Co-presented by Berkeley Hadassah and Congregation Beth Sholom.