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Jerusalem of Gold (Yerushalayim Shel Zahav)- A presentation by Merav Rozenblum

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

"Jerusalem of Gold," composed by Naomi Shemer in 1967, is one of the best known and loved modern Israeli songs. The Six Day War broke out only weeks after it was first performed in Jerusalem, earning it its almost-prophetic status.

Rozenblum will play clips of the song and introduce some of the ancient Hebrew texts that Shemer alludes to. She will also discuss how the song was received, which included intense political debate; the plagiarism scandal that erupted years later, when it was charged that Shemer had copied the melody of a Basque folk lullaby; and the special status that the song has in Israel.

Merav Rozenblum is an Israeli translator and teaches Hebrew at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Program made possible, in part, by Tricia Hellman Gibbs. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.  Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest and the Israel Education Initiative (IEI) of Jewish LearningWorks.

The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.