Menachem Begin's home in Belarus 370.
(photo credit: (Courtesy Limmud FSU))
BREST, BELARUS – A ceremony to officially launch a series of celebrations around
the world marking prime minister Menachem Begin’s 100th birthday took place in
Begin’s hometown of Brest Tuesday afternoon.
The commemoration was
organized by Limmud FSU and the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, and took place
in front of the school Begin attended as a child.
“We are very proud that
we had the opportunity to open the events for Menachem Begin all over the world
here in his hometown in Brest,” said Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud
“Begin is not only the most famous Jew to come out of Brest, but
probably the most famous resident to ever live in the city,” he
Begin was born in the small city on August 16, 1913. He was the
sixth prime minister of the State of Israel and served in that position from
1977 to 1983. He was also the founder of the Likud party.
In 1978, Begin
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for making peace with Egypt as part of the
Camp David Accords.
“The Jewish community of Brest honored today one of
its most famous sons in a very emotional and touching event,” said Herzl Makov,
head of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.
“I think it is only natural
that we launch these series of events honoring the 100th birthday of Begin in
the city where he was born and where he began his so illustrious
Participants at the ceremonies included roughly 100 members of
the local Jewish community, a delegation from Limmud FSU and representatives
from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.
Holocaust 26,000 Jews resided in Brest, but only 19 survived the war. Presently,
200 Jews inhabit the city.
The memorable event was part of the Limmud FSU
Festival that took place this entire week in Vitebsk, Belarus.