Israel’s president to attend Mount Scopus 75th anniversary celebration

January 20, 2023 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog has accepted an invitation from Mount Scopus Foundation President David Gold to visit Melbourne.

President Isaac Herzog

The visit, which is scheduled for 2024, will continue the legacy of Israeli Presidents visiting Australia, which commenced with the late Chaim Herzog, father of the current President.

At the recent celebratory event hosted in Israel by the Scopus Foundation, Gold recalled that he was a student at Mount Scopus in 1986 when Chaim Herzog became the first Israeli President to come to Australia. Since then, Gold noted that every Israeli President has visited Australia. “I hope that you too can join us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Mount Scopus, which will take place in 2024 and also to break ground on a new state-of-the-art campus and community centre that will be a model for every Jewish community in the world,” Gold said.

In response, President Herzog recalled his father’s admiration for the commitment that Scopus’s founders had to the importance of Jewish education. “For him,” said Herzog referring to his late father, “it was not a given that Jewish education would be able to reinvent itself to be able to meet the needs of a changing world as the Jewish people returned home from the brink of destruction. The founders of Mount Scopus shared a similar concern for the Jewish future.” President Herzog said that he would be delighted to accept Gold’s invitation and looked forward to visiting in 2024.

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