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Israel Museum displays Gabriel Revelation Stone E-mail

Considered the most important archaeological artifact to come to light in the region since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gabriel Revelation Stone is on public view for the first time in Israel as the centerpiece of a new focused exhibition at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem that opened in May 2013.

The inscribed first-century BCE tablet, discovered in 2007 on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, sheds light on the spiritual life of the Second Temple Period.

The exhibition entitled: ‘I Am Gabriel’ will contextualize and further illuminate the stone’s inscriptions with a number of ancient, rare manuscripts including a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 13thcentury Damascus Codex tracing the development of the figure of the Angel Gabriel across the early years of rabbinic Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

On view through to February 11, 2014, ‘I Am Gabriel’ complements the ongoing large-scale exhibition Herod the Great, which explores other aspects of the period.

The Gabriel Revelation inscription reflects the messianic atmosphere, anxiety over the fate of Jerusalem, and the new role of angels as intermediaries that characterised the spiritual orientation of Jews in the Second Temple Period.

Inscribed in ink on stone, a rare find in itself, the Hebrew text is written in the first person, the narrator identifying himself as the angel Gabriel.

The inscription comprises a series of dialogues; in the main dialogue the speaker identifies himself three times in the firstperson: “I am Gabriel.” Gabriel converses with a human figure – a visionary or prophet – to whom he, Gabriel, is apparently communicating a vision.

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New Permanent Exhibition “Shoah” at Auschwitz – Birkenau opened E-mail

On 13 June, 2013 the New Permanent Exhibition “Shoah” in Block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum was opened in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.

Also in attendance was Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate and Exhibition Curator Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Piotr Cywinski, Israeli and Polish officials and Holocaust survivors.

“The new exhibition “Shoah” presents the main elements of the Holocaust, placing the murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau in the larger context of the Nazis’ systematic attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. The directors of the Auschwitz – Birkenau State Museum, as well as their guides, view the exhibition as providing context which adds an important element that complements the existing displays in the State Museum,” said Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem Chairman.

The new exhibition was curated, designed and built by Yad Vashem, in coordination with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. The old exhibition, dating back to the 1960s Communist era, had become outdated, both in terms of content as well as of display, and most visitors to the camp chose not to enter it at all.

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UWC March of the Living 2013 A Vehicle for Change E-mail

We walked through the two lines of barbed wire at Auschwitz and, at that moment, there was no air to breathe. It was not the sight and sounds of the place…it was seeing our classmates walking inside the fence. The air evaporated, the mind screamed. Here twentyfive students from around the world were on a search to learn about European history, for the March of the Living 2013.

It is 8 April 2013. Far from their homes, students from United World Colleges (UWC), stand in a circle in the bittercold snow of Poland, listening, thinking about the past. Most of them are young, sixteen to nineteen years old, and have travelled to this place from all over the world, ready to undertake a journey that will change their lives forever.

UWC is an international education movement including twelve schools worldwide, attended by students from over 140 nations. The concept of the movement, created by the German-Jewish educationalist Kurt Hahn in 1962, aims at uniting young people from all over the world, so that they can live and learn together for two years. During this time the students initiate and participate in several projects promoting global tolerance, equal rights, mutual responsibility, international understanding, peace and sustainability.

Last year, a teacher at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, Hayley Goldberg, decided to try to organise a link between UWC and the March of the Living.

The March of the Living is an annual educational initiativethat brings people and especially students from all over the world together “in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate.”

Since the first March in 1988, over 150,000 people from all around the world have marched down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

Experiencing this herself four years ago and curious about her own Jewish past and family history, Hayley had realised that the purpose and idea of the March fitted very well with the UWC mission, experience and values.

The March, commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah, a day to remember and reminds participants that the past should not be allowed to happen againthrough international understanding, celebration of difference and cultural sensitivity, all of which are values central to the UWC movement.

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