|Guests at the High Commissioner's reception (1920)|
The place: The Government House, Jerusalem
The Occasion: The High Commissioner's Reception
Those are the details we know from the photograph's caption. But what brought together these ultra-Orthodox rabbis, British officers, Arab dignitaries and Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder of modern Hebrew, who appears to be standing behind the rabbis? [Both the men -- the one in the light suit and his partner with the hat -- look like the man on the stamp.] And what are all the men holding?
|Samuel's arrival by rowboat, Jaffa|
Port, June 30, 1920
Samuel read the proclamation and presented a copy to all of his guests.
|Samuel reading his |
proclamation again two
Rabbi Sonnenfeld joined other rabbis a year later to meet with Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill at Samuel's Government House. See the posting and video here describing the meeting. Also attending the meeting with Churchill was Emir Abdullah who would become King Abdullah of Jordan. Sonnenfeld, Bernstein and Jungreis met with Abdullah in Jordan in 1924.