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Chanukah Ball

Chanukah Ball

A 1933 poster inviting the public to attend a Chanukah Ball in Tel Aviv with a jazz band and various famous artists. 
This is one of the many posters in the National Library collections advertising cultural events that took place in Tel Aviv and other places in Israel at the beginning of the 20th century.
A large wave of Jewish immigrants came to Israel from Europe between 1924 and 1928. Many of the new Jewish immigrants who arrived during this period came as a result of the increasing anti-Semitism throughout Europe. This group of immigrants included many middle-class families who moved to the growing cities, establishing small businesses and light industries.  This brought about rapid urban development mainly in Tel Aviv where a considerable number of the immigrants settled.
At the bottom of the poster, the organizers of the ball mention that some of the profits from the evening were to be donated to help new immigrants in Tel Aviv.
This poster was written in two languages – in Hebrew and in English. In 1933, Palestine (pre-state Israel) was ruled by the British Mandate, and for this reason many advertisements and official notices were written in both languages.
 
Discussion Points
·       What event is advertised in this poster?
·       Where and when did the ball take place?
·       Profits from the ball were donated to Jewish immigrants in Tel Aviv. Where did the immigrants come from and why?
·       What music was played at the ball? Try to find out  when this kind of music was popular.
·       In the 1930s, Tel Aviv was the center of cultural life in Israel (Palestine). Is this still true today?
·       In which languages was the poster written? Why?
·       Compare the event advertised in this poster to Chanukah parties of today. What is the same? What is different?
·       How does your family or community celebrate Chanukah?

 
Background information
·         Mandatory Palestine – Wikipedia
·         A Brief History of Tel Aviv – Tel Aviv Municipality website
·         Tel Aviv Under the British Mandate - Wikipedia