Poster Tales: The Seventh Decade

The original Poster Tales resource ended with Israel@60. In partnership with Jewish LearningWorks, we are proud to offer an addendum that reflects Israel's seventh decade.

Poster Tales offers an opportunity to tell Israel’s story and to uncover the many ways it intertwines with our own stories—our personal story, our family’s story, and our collective story as a people.

2009

100 Years to the First Hebrew City Tel Aviv-Jaffa
The 61st Independence Day

Notice the number 61 interwoven into the Star of David in the center. The two blue stripes that reference the Israeli flag are depicted as skyscrapers towering over old and new architectural icons of the city, including the Herzliya Gymnasium (high school), which no longer exists, the Shalom Tower which replaced it, a Bauhaus building, and more.

Designer: Ehud Elimelec

2010

“If you will it, it is no dream”—The 150th Birthday of the Visionary of the State, Theodor Herzl
The 62nd Independence Day

Notice the iconic portrait of Herzl leaning over a balcony in Basel, placed in modern day Jerusalem. Depicted are the Knesset, the light rail, Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum, and the Chords Bridge design by Santiago Calatrava.

Designer: Barbara Gur

2011

Arevin zeh la’zeh–A Year of Mutual Responsibility
All of Israel is Responsible for One Another
The 63rd Independence Day

The verse from the Talmud served as an inspiration for this year’s theme chosen by the Ministerial Committee on Symbols and Ceremonies. The poster depicts the multicultural fabric of Israeli society as a Matryoshka doll, which is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. They are connected to, and thus, responsible for each other. The Russian Matryoshka is a wink to several waves of Russian immigrants to Israel.

The dolls consist of a chalutz (pioneer) with a shovel and kova tembel (dunce hat) as the largest doll and an Ethiopian child holding a popsicle with Ethiopian flag colors as the smallest.

Designer: Yigal Hazan

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Who else do you see in the depiction?
  2. What else do you see in the depiction?

2014

A Time for Women—Achievements and Challenges
The 66th Independence Day

The official annual theme in Israel for 2014 celebrated the contributions of women for advancements and innovations in all aspects of Israeli society, culture, and industry.

Notice the woman's profile inside the Magen David. It is integrated in a dominant and central place in the state emblem. The woman is in motion and in an upward momentum. She has long hair flowing in multiple colors and symbols that express action and direction.

Designer: Ofir Meir

2017

Marking 50 Years to the Liberation and Reunification of Jerusalem
The 69th Independence Day

This year’s theme “50 years since the liberation and unification of the capital of Israel—Jerusalem,” commemorates the victorious battle for the Old City of Jerusalem during 1967’s Six-Day War. The poster utilized the official logo of the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Jerusalem.

Designer: Unknown

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. How is Jerusalem celebrated in this design?
  2. Why do you think the artist chose these two colors for the entire design?
  3. What significance does the number five play in this design?

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The educator's guide contains historical background, activities, exploratory questions, and color posters.

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