An American Jew in Israel

Learn about life in Palestine/Israel from 1947-1948 through personal photos and the lively and engaging letters of Zipporah “Zippy” Porath. This presentation will help you experience the joy and the heartbreak that led up to Israel’s statehood and examine the role that gender played in one woman’s Zionist experience.

Session Recording

Due to problems with the audio in the program recording, we are unable to provide a recording of the program.

Instead, we offer a glimpse of Zippy's story in this video from Toldot Yisrael.

You can also view some of the photos she shared in the PowerPoint presentation below.

Session Materials and Handouts

Lesson Links

Related Resources from the Jewish Women’s Archive

Zippy Porath and Israeli Independence elsewhere on the web

Zippy (Borowsky) Porath and other American students in Jerusalem holding newspapers (Nov. 30, 1947) announcing the UN vote on the Partition Plan for Palestine, approving a Jewish State.

Courtesy of Ray Noam.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "An American Jew in Israel." (Viewed on May 29, 2023) <>.


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