Tel-Hai Magazine - Fall 2020


We look back in pride at a century of achievement and look forward with hope to a new century of exploring new horizons and conquering new frontiers.

Commemorating the Past - Pondering the Future

It is now a century since the Battle of Tel-Hai which became a foundational myth for the State of Israel, the Zionist Movement and most especially for all of us here in Tel-Hai. While different groups have chosen to emphasize different aspects and interpretations of the battle and the events leading up to it, all were inspired by the dedication and spirit of commitment which motivated the pioneers who established the historic Tel-Hai, and those who followed in their footsteps. It is thanks to them that Tel-Hai College is the vibrant, diverse, science and technology hub that it is – and it is thanks to them that we can now study and question the events surrounding the battle from a fresh, original perspective. The Battle of Tel-Hai was marked in an academic conference (March, 2020), where we learned about, among others, Kamal Hussein (The man who killed Trumpeldor), analyzed the formation of the Tel-Hai myth, reviewed the cultural development of the Tel-Hai myth, and contextualized the battle within the Arab-Zionist conflict, and its relevance to our lives today. To mark the centennial of the Battle of Tel-Hai, a selection of contemporary art pieces created in response to the Tel-Hai myth has been collected. The collection brought to the surface ideas and subjective responses to the themes of heroism, territorialism, figuration and society. The art pieces were presented alongside photos and archival items describing the construction of the statue, and the Battle of Tel-Hai. Centennial events included an Honorary Fellow Award Ceremony. Tel-Hai College is proud to award Mrs. Rachel Rabin, Sir Stephen Walley Cohen, Mr. Sandor Frankel and President Reuven Rivlin the Tel-Hai Honorary Fellow Award.

The Helmsley Science Building for Health, Environment and Biotechnology Studies Construction of The Helmsley Science Building for Health, Environment and Biotechnology Studies continued without interruptions throughout the spring and summer. The building is a joint initiative of Tel-Hai College, Migal-Galilee Research Institute and is supported by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, ICA in Israel, The Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education and UJIA-UK. The construction is scheduled for completion in 2022.

New Archaeological Display Four years ago, a monumental Roman temple column, built with 14 column drums and a gigantic capital, rising to a height of 11 meters and weighing nearly 18 tons, was reconstructed inside Tel-Hai College's library. Recently, phase two of this archaeological display was finally completed - two impressive capitals from the same Roman Temple, dating to the first century CE, were installed in front of the library and above the Arnold and Anita Silber Theatre. The remains of the temple complex at the ancient site of Omrit were excavated by Prof. Andrew Overman of Macalester College of St. Paul, Minnesota, and his team, for over 15 years. With the support of the Israel Antiquities Authority and through generous contributions by the Tel-Hai College and Macalester College, this impressive outdoor exhibition was added to enhance the campus. Visitors to the college will now be allowed a glimpse into the past through the historical remains of the unique 2000-year-old temple. Peering through the capitals, one has a clear view of the ancient site of Omrit, across the Hula valley.

Magazine, Fall 2020


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