100 Years of Knowledge - Hebrew University Celebrates Its 100th Cornerstone Anniversary

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The foundation stones at the Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony for the Hebrew University.
The foundation stones at the Cornerstone-Laying Ceremony for the Hebrew University.


 (Jerusalem, June 7, 2018) – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) is proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1918.  The festivities coincide with HUJI’s 2018 Board of Governors meetings on June 8-13.
 
Not long after the end of World War I, the British Empire granted permission to create a Hebrew university in Jerusalem.  On July 24, 1918, Lord Edmund Allenby, Zeev Jabotinsky, Chaim Weizmann, and James Rothschild, along with 6,000 other dignitaries—both Jewish and non-Jewish, from Israel and abroad—gathered atop Mount Scopus to lay the cornerstones for Hebrew University.  They placed 12 stones, corresponding to the 12 Tribes of Israel, firmly in the ground and the rest, as they say, is 100 years of history, innovation, growth and vision.
 
Media Highlights:

Cedar & Son at the Jerusalem Cinematheque
Saturday, June 9 at 9pm
An inter-generational dialogue between HUJI prof. Haim Cedar and his award-winning filmmaker son, Joseph Cedar (Director: Norman, Footnote).
 
HUJI Talks: To 100 and Beyond
Sunday, June 10 at 1015am (Dan Hotel- Mt Scopus)
Speakers include philosopher Yuval Noah Harari and medical marijuana expert Raphael Mechoulam, among others.
 
President Reuven Rivlin Honors Israeli Excellence
Tuesday, June 12 at 10am (President of Israel’s Residence)
Reception honoring HUJI Nobel, Fields and Israel Prize winners.
 
Ceremony: Re-dedicating the Cornerstones
Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm (Ferkauf Plaza, Mt. Scopus Campus)
HUJI friends from around the world, some in period dress, will inter a time capsule with blessings for the University’s next 100 years of vision and innovation.  Current HUJI professors, including Sergio Della Pergola, whose grandparents attended the original 1918 cornerstone event will be in attendance, as will several families that have been studying at the Hebrew University for 3 generations—i.e., grandparents, parents and now, grandchildren.
 
Complete list of HUJI Anniversary events: http://hubog-2018.com/

To attend an event or to interview a HUJI speaker, contact:
Tali Aronsky
, International Media Director
(W) ++972-2-588-2844
(C) ++972-55-666-4371
taliaron@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Hebrew University. "The physical setting of the ceremony was of unforgettable and sublime beauty. The declining sun flooded the hills of Judea and Moab with golden light, and it seened to me, too, that the transfigured heights were watching, wondering, dimly aware perhaps that this was the beginning of the return of their own people after many days. Below us lay Jerusalem, gleaming like a jewel..." Chaim Weizmann on the 1918 cornerstone-laying of the Hebrew University, a ceremony attended by General Allenby, Yishuv leaders, church representatives and Arab notables.
Cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Hebrew University. "The physical setting of the ceremony was of unforgettable and sublime beauty. The declining sun flooded the hills of Judea and Moab with golden light, and it seened to me, too, that the transfigured heights were watching, wondering, dimly aware perhaps that this was the beginning of the return of their own people after many days. Below us lay Jerusalem, gleaming like a jewel..." Chaim Weizmann on the 1918 cornerstone-laying of the Hebrew University, a ceremony attended by General Allenby, Yishuv leaders, church representatives and Arab notables.



 

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