Only Yesterday

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Abu Tor (“Father of the Bull”) Arab section of Jerusalem outside the walls, near the Bethlehem Road, established in the 1870s.

Adjami Quarter Quarter in Jaffa.

Ahad Ha-Am (“One of the People”) Asher Hirsh Ginsberg (1856–1927) Hebrew essayist and philosopher, theoretician of the revival of Zion as the “Spiritual Center” against Herzl's political Zionism.

Ahuzat Bayit (“Home Estate”) A committee in Jaffa that founded a settlement by that name north of Jaffa, subsequently considered the inception of the first Hebrew city, Tel Aviv.

Aliyah (literally: Ascent) Zionist immigration to the Land of Israel. Each wave of Aliyah is known by its number, indicating the period and countries of origin. The First Aliyah, 1882–1904, was initiated by BILU and the Lovers of Zion in Odessa, even before Theodor Herzl's political Zionist organization was established. Its members, independent farmers, created the first modern settlements in Palestine, supported by Baron Edmond de Rothschild and the Jewish Colonization Association. The Second Aliyah, 1904– 1914, was dominated by young idealists coming from the Russian pogroms and revolution. It was carried by a Zionist Socialist ideology, fighting for “Jewish labor” and creating the first Hebrewspeaking collectives of workers. At the same time, the urban Jewish population in Jaffa grew and the first Hebrew city was established in 1909.

Alliance Israélite Universelle First modern international Jewish organization, founded in 1860, centered in Paris. Starting in the 1890s, the Alliance focussed its efforts on creating an international network of French-language schools, including Palestine.

Anglo-Palestine Company (APC, pronounced “APAK”) Later renamed Anglo-Palestine Bank. In 1951, renamed Bank Leumi le-Israel, the National Bank of Israel.

Antebi Albert Abraham Antebi (1869– 1918), leader of the Jewish community in Eretz Israel, born in Damascus, knew Turkish, and had good relations with the Turkish authorities. Was the representative of the Alliance Israelite Universelle and ICA (Jewish Colonization Association) in the Land of Israel.

Antipatris Ancient Palestinian city in the valley of Kfar Saba, built by Herod.

Aramaic Targum The Aramaic translation of the Bible, printed on the margins of the Torah text.

Ark The receptacle in the synagogue in which the Torah scrolls are kept.

Aronovitch, Joseph (1877–1937)Hebrew writer and Palestinian labor leader, first editor of the influential journal of the Labor Movement, HaPo'el Ha-Tsa'ir.

Asch, Scholem (1880–1957) Yiddish novelist and playwright.

Ashkenazi European Jews as opposed to

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