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​Where Balfour Meets Allenby

1917, The Year That Changed the Fate of the Jewish People.

We invite you to travel with us back 100 years to the sights and sounds from those dramatic days that changed the face of the region forever.

 

Hundreds of rare documents, unique photographs, video clips, and authentic maps await you at the special exhibition.

 

Press Below to the Special Exhibition Website!

 

The exhibition will open on November 12, 2017 between 09:00-17:00


Entry is free!

 

 

For guided tours please contact the Visitors Center:

visitors@nli.org.il  074-7336125

 

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ New Exhibition: How to Draw a Poem

Poets illustrate drawings, illustrators write poetry. How do you reconcile these ideas and what is the special relationship between author and illustrator? The exhibition showcases 21 intersections between poem and drawing, which uncover surprising and unknown facets of well-known creators.

 

Rare items that highlight four kinds of relationships between poets and painters, between illustrators 2and poetry, and between the image and the written word.


 

Availability : Sunday - Thursday 09:00 - 18:00 Friday 09:00- 12:00

Entrance is free of charge.


 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ 1960: Israel in the year the National Library Opened

1960The cornerstone-laying ceremony for the future home of the National Library – on 5 April 2016 – not only marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our history. It also sets in motion the process of bidding farewell to the library's current home on the Givat Ram campus. We have decided at this historic moment, as a gesture to the generation of dreamers and builders, to focus on the year when this building was inaugurated: 1960.

 
1960 was a year of restraint, set between the struggles and crises that preceded it and those that would follow. This exhibition, from the treasures of the National Library, is a tribute to the library of 1960, from whose spirit we will draw inspiration as we build the Library's new home for the next hundred years.
 
April 6th – October 28th, 2016
Availability: Sunday-Friday
Entrance is free of charge.

 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ A Timeless Script: Handwritten Passover Haggadot

A Timeless ScriptNearly every Jew, near and far, in this and previous generations, sits down to the Seder table and reads the Passover Haggadah. The Passover Haggadah is perhaps the most read text in the history of the Jewish people and the Jewish text of which more editions than any other have been printed.


This exhibition is a collection of Passover Haggadot written, illuminated and illustrated by hand from the twelfth through the twentieth century. The National Library of Israel holds Haggadot from Persia and Babylon, Europe and Africa, each telling the stories of Jewish communities distinct in their languages and writing styles, in their philosophies and the wide range of reasons that led their scribes to take up the pen — as they remained faithful to the ancient, familiar and beloved text.


April 6th – May 13th, 2016

Availability: Sunday-Thursday (09:00-16:00); Friday (09:00-13:00)
Entrance is free of charge.
  • Martin Buber and other Jewish students in the Jewish Students’ League, Leipzig, 1899
    Martin Buber and other Jewish students in the Jewish Students’ League, Leipzig, 1899
  • Issue of the monthly journal, Der Jude (The Jew), 1918
    Issue of the monthly journal, Der Jude (The Jew), 1918
  • Letter of dismissal to Buber as a professor at Frankfurt University, 1933
    Letter of dismissal to Buber as a professor at Frankfurt University, 1933
  • Invitation to a ceremony to bestow an honorary doctorate, 1953
    Invitation to a ceremony to bestow an honorary doctorate, 1953
  • A greeting card for Martin Buber’s 75th birthday from his philosophy students, 1953
    A greeting card for Martin Buber’s 75th birthday from his philosophy students, 1953
  • Martin Buber with members of the National Library of Israel, Kurt David Wormann and Felix Weltsch, 1960
    Martin Buber with members of the National Library of Israel, Kurt David Wormann and Felix Weltsch, 1960

 

Dreams and Diplomacy in the Holy Land

 
Exhibition Tours This joint exhibition by the Shapell Manuscript Foundation and the National Library of Israel is a window into American involvement in the region. It presents several colorful figures who served as U.S. consuls in Israel by means of a unique collection of items, some of them displayed here for the first time.

 
Target Audience: Adults and youth
Duration: 1.5 hours
Availability: Sunday-Friday