Israel’s street names span some 5,000 years of our history, both ancient and modern, but do we really know the stories behind them? Who was Shlomzion haMalka? What was the Sanhedrin? How do we tell the difference between the Irgun and Lehi? From high politics to high planning, from cultural to ideological struggles, the ‘geography of commemoration’ can teach us a lot about the ‘behind the scenes’ of Israel.
In this four-part series, we will look at some of the fascinating personalities and events behind common – and not so common – Israeli street names. By the end, you too will be able to tell your Arlozoroff from your Albo.
Prophets, personalities and places: biblical and post-biblical street names
31 Jan/1 Feb
Scholars and travellers: medieval and early modern street names
Dreamers and schemers: the birth of Zionism & its pre-state supporters
Fighters and writers: the people who made the State of Israel
Pay at the door £12 (concession £10)