On August 17, 1949, Theodor Herzl, founding father of Zionism, was reinterred in Israel. His gravesite was established on the highest hill in Jerusalem. The entire hill would eventually bear his name, Mt. Herzl.
Professor Doron Bar, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, tells how Herzl came to be buried in Israel, the country he never lived to see. As we mark this momentous anniversary, learn more about the phenomenon of bringing devout Zionists “home” to be reburied.
Watch the video below and read the article in Israel National News about how Professor Bar is trying to restore public interest in Theodor Herzl.
Doron Bar is the president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He earned his PhD from The Hebrew University in Historical Geography. Professor Bar is researching the development of popular and national holy places. He is a seventh generation descendant of an Old Yishuv Jerusalem family.