By Maxine Dovere /JointMedia News Service ~
NEW YORK—Sponsored by a gallery that was founded the year Israel achieved independence, a poster and photograph exhibit emblematic of the colorful and dramatic history of the Jewish state coincides with its 64th birthday. The Jewish National Fund (JNF), in conjunction with the Israeli Consulate, is displaying the “Made in Israel 2012” exhibit at the JNF national headquarters in New York City through the end of April. Sponsoring the display is the Farkash Gallery in Old Jaffa (Tel Aviv), one of Israel’s oldest art resources. The iconic posters of the JNF exhibit trace the history of the State of Israel through its popular images.
Speaking at the gala opening of the exhibit March 28, Israel’s Consul General in New York, Ido Aharoni, remarked on the images of children and young Israelis in many of the exhibit’s displays. “They are the hope,” he said, adding that they “represent the future.”
In addition to the posters, the JNF exhibit includes an array of photos and newspapers. Portraying Israel at a time of simplicity, the photos show the immigrant emergence from the depths of Europe’s conflagration to the joy in the eyes of a young moshavnik as she carries her bouquet of carnations.
Russel Robinson, CEO of JNF, called the exhibition “a lovely visual experience…an insight into Israel entrepreneurship and a window into the life and culture of the country.”