Jewish Facts of Life

Following are some of the significant events in Jewish history that occurred in the month of December:

December 1, 1909: The founding of Deganiya Alef, the first kibbutz in Israel (then known as Palestine).

December 17, 1862: General U. S. Grant ordered Jews to be expelled from the Department of Tennessee

December 17, 1914: The Turks expelled Jews from Tel Aviv, sending them to Egypt.

December 18, 1774: Empress Maria Theresa expelled all Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia.

December 22, 1970: S.S. commander of Treblinka sentenced to life imprisonment.

December 23, 1867: Emancipation of the Jews of Hungary.

December 25, 1977: Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat met in Ismailia, Egypt.

December 30, 1947: 40 Jewish workers were massacred at the Haifa refineries.

December 31, 1963: Israel’s first desalination plant opened in Eilat.

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