Here is the press release for the latest medal issued by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. Great portrait.
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame has commissioned former engraver of the U.S. Mint Jim
Licaretz to create an impressive 3 1/2 inch medal to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Israel's
Independence on May 14th. The medal features an extremely high relief portrait of David Ben-
Gurion that lies entirely below the medal's upper surface. The reverse contains Ben-Gurion's
In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles. Money raised through the
sale of these medals will go to the non-profit Jewish-American Hall of Fame and the Jewish
National Fund - for the planting of a tree in Israel.
No more than 75 bonded bronze medals will be produced personally by Jim, that will be given to
contributors of $135 plus $10 shipping. Each medal will include a certificate of authenticity, a
display stand, and a certificate from the Jewish National Fund acknowledging the planting of a
tree in Israel. To order, call 818-225-1348 or pay with paypal using email address of
David Ben-Gurion was born David Green (or Gruen/Gryn) in 1886 in Plonsk, Russian Poland.
The young Ben-Gurion was introduced to Hebrew by his grandfather beginning in his third year.
In 1906 the young Zionist emigrated to Palestine, taking up work as a farm laborer for the next
four years. A year later, he adopted his new surname. He became Ben-Gurion (
son of a lion
cub), after Joseph Ben-Gurion, a first-century democratic leader of the Jews, whom zealots
killed for his moderation in the uprising against the Romans in 66 C.E. Adopting the name of
Ben-Gurion in 1909, he rose to become the preeminent leader of the Jewish community in
British-ruled Palestine Mandate from 1935 until the establishment of the State of Israel. On May
14, 1948, he formally proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel, and was the first to
sign the Israeli Declaration of Independence, which he had helped to write. David Ben-Gurion
served as Prime Minister until 1963 with a short break in 1954–55.
Ben-Gurion led Israel's absorption of millions of Jewish refugees and immigrants, led the 1956
Sinai Campaign against Egypt, promulgated numerous major infrastructure projects such as the
National Water Carrier and Israel's nuclear weapons development. Following his retirement,
Ben-Gurion moved to a small kibbutz in the Negev Desert named Sde Boker, where he and his
wife are buried - near Ben Gurion University.
For more information on the Jewish-American Hall of Fame, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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