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.