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What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji?
What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji?

Mon, Aug 26



What was Herzl's Favorite Emoji?

What’s the connection between the Maccabees and the State of Israel? Where did their symbols come from? And how did the Bezalel Academy use archaeology to design Zionist-Jewish art and identity? Visit several wings: archaeology, Jewish art & more.

Time & Location

Aug 26, 2024, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Jerusalem, Derech Ruppin 11, Jerusalem, Israel

About the Event

What is the most ancient Jewish symbol? 

If your answer was the Star of David ✡️ - try again!  It’s actually the seven-branched Menorah 🕎, which originally represented something entirely different than it does today.  So why did the Zionist movement choose the Star of David over the Menorah? Where does the Menorah first appear, and what did it mean back then?

Join this tour to learn the story of this, and other important symbols as they evolved or fell out of use, from the times of the Second Temple until today.     

"What Was Herzl’s Favorite Emoji?" opens a window into different aspects of modern Israeli and Jewish society, and raises important dilemmas and challenges. This journey begins with the Maccabees, through King Herod, the Great Revolt, the Bar Kokhva Revolt and the Byzantine period, and ends with Modern Zionist Art from the Bezalel Art School.

• Tour includes admission (museum members and other discounts usually do not apply for group tours, but you can contact me privately and if I can help, I would be happy to!)

• Meeting place: main lobby entrance (unless the group entrance will reopen, stay tuned)

• Do not pay admission twice. You're covered.

• The museum does not recognize your tickets, because I don't work for the museum. Leave it to me.

• Tickets are digital. I love old school printing, but there is no need. Your registration will appear on my app.


This tour is approximately 2 hours in the Israel Museum's archaeology wing, Jewish Art and Culture and Modern Israel Art. All in the main gallery entrance on the second floor.


  • Public Tour Ticket

    Discounted admission to the museum is INCLUDED in this ticket. There are several ticket options: Find the tickets that best fit your status. All of the tickets include the discounted admission that the museum will be billing me for. While I do not charge for kids under age 6, the museum charges from age 5 and up. If you are planning to bring along kids that are required to pay according to the museum, please select that "child under 6 yo" ticket option below."

    From ₪80.00 to ₪100.00
    • ₪100.00
      +₪2.50 service fee
    • ₪85.00
      +₪2.13 service fee
    • ₪80.00
      +₪2.00 service fee



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