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Six Days and Fifty Years

May 17, 2017
Posted by: JCRC Staff

The after effects of the war fought between June 5 and 10, 1967, “The Six Day War,” still reverberate today. A great deal of ink has been spilled telling the tale of how Israel defeated a coalition of Arab armies to maintain its existence, establish the current borders and reunite Jerusalem – bringing the holiest site in Judaism back under Jewish control for the first time in 2,000 years. To assist a new generation curious about events now turning fifty years old, we decided to provide this compendium of the latest backgrounders, new memoirs and freely available resources, as well as links to local events.

Background, Reflections, Resouces & Events


The Six-Day War: Background & Overview
Six Transformative Days: A Primer on the Last 50 Years
The Six Day War @ 50
Causes and Consequences of the Six-Day War (1967)
The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies - Lessons of the 1967 Deterioration
50-YEAR SPECIAL: Relive the Six Day War
Interactive Timeline of Key Events Since 1967


My Father’s Heroic Sacrifice to Retake Jerusalem In 1967
SLIDESHOW: An Illustrated Diary of Israel after The Six Day War
How the Six-Day War Changed the Middle East
How the Six-Day War changed American Jews
In Western Europe, Israel went from darling to divisive in 50 years
6 things you didn’t know about the Six-Day War
Jerusalem Day Articles from Shalom Hartman Institute
A Jubilee For Our Political Certainties by Yossi Klein Halevi
Inner Conflict: The Six Day War’s 50th Anniversary Merit Celebration Or Despair?
"Yovel" (Jubilee) from Sh’ma Now, A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities

J. Jewish News of Northern California: Bay Area recalls 1967 (includes J.’s original coverage, online for the first time)


The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History Curriculum
Jerusalem @ 50: Ideas and Resources for JCCs to Help Celebrate and Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem
Six-Day War: 50th Anniversary: 50th Anniversary Resource Primer
1967: Miracles and Challenges

Six-Day War Project

This project is a partnership between The Jeruslem Post, JerusalemU, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Israel Action Network and the Center for Israel Education. It consists of 12 short films produced by Jerusalem U and The Jerusalem Post, with their historical content supervised by Professor Kenneth W. Stein of the Center for Israel Education and Emory University. Our team has reviewed the scripts and these films should provide interested audiences with the opportunity to experience events as they unfolded “50 years ago today.” The first four films will be released once a week, beginning during the week of May 15, and the remainder every day beginning on June 4.

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May 22 - Six Days That Shaped 50 Years, JCCSF
May 22 - Six Days That Shaped 50 Years: The Impact on Israeli Society and the Jewish People, Oshman Family JCC
May 23 - ELU v'ELU: Israeli & Jewish American Perspectives on the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley (also scroll to the bottom for additional reflections and resources)

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