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Holy Waters: Plunging into the Controversial Story of Israel's First Public Pool

Sraiah and Chana Shoubin Lecture
Monday, February 26, 2018
CLA 4310
Dr. Shayna Weiss, Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Israel Studies at the United States Naval Academy

In late 1957, Mayor Gershon Agron announced his plan to build the first public pool in Jerusalem. Ultra Orthodox Jews in Israel and the Diaspora fought the pool on every front due to their objection to mixed swimming in the holy city. Despite their best efforts, the pool opened in August 1958, where it still stands today. The lecture will explore how the battle of the pool became a battle for the nature of Jerusalem during the nascent decades of Israeli statehood.

Reception to follow.

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