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Machal Monument in Jerusalem Dedicated

Fireworks in front of Machal Monument

On December 17th, 2017, the Machal Monument was unveiled and dedicated. The following is the day in pictures. Please donate online to keep the memory of the Foreign Volunteers of Israel's War of Independence alive.

The IDF had a Torch relay race.


Troops at Machal Monument


The monument was veiled by an Israeli flag before it was officially dedicated.


Machal Monument Covered


Jerry Klinger, Jewish American Society of Historical Preservation, the key philanthropist of the project, and Smoky Simon, World Machal, made remarks.


Jerry Klinger Speaking at Machal Monument Dedication

Smoky Simon Speaking at Machal Monument Dedication in Jerusalem


Jeffrey Margolis, American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corp, with Klinger in front of the Memorial


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Mini Monuments for Deputy Mayor Yael Antebi and Klinger, presented by Sculptor Sam Philipe 



Mini Monuments for Deputy Mayor Yael Antebi and Jerry Klinger, presented by Sculptor Sam Philipe

The program for the Dedication of the Mahal Memorial in Jerusalem


Machal Monument in Jerusalem Dedication Invitation



Machal Overseas Volunteers Memorial to be Dedicated in Jerusalem 12/17/17

The Jerusalem City Council set Sunday, December 17, 2017 as the dedication date for the Machal Memorial now under construction adjacent to the Historic Ammunition Hill National Memorial Site. The striking sculpture (photo below) will honor the legacy of 4,800 Machal overseas volunteers who served in Israel’s War of Independence (1947-1949). The American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corp and the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation are collaborating with the Jerusalem City Council in the execution of this project. 

The day’s events will begin at 3:00 pm with an opening ceremony at the Western Wall (Kotel) followed by a Torch Relay Race commencing at 3:20 pm. Hundreds of officers and soldiers from various IDF units will participate. The route through Jerusalem will encompass many of the city’s renowned landmarks, winding up at the Machal Memorial on Machal Street.

The dedication program will start at 4:00 pm in the Ammunition Hill auditorium.  Prominent participants will include Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Yoav Galant, Minister of Housing and Construction, IDF and police commanders and heads of veterans organizations among others.  The Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony will take place at 4:30 pm with the traditional blessings, entertainment program and the unveiling of the Machal Memorial monument.  

The dedication program ends at 5:15 pm

To donate and be a part of the memorial, please go to Jewcer.


U.S. Contacts

Jerry Klinger -

Donna Parker -

Si Spiegelman –


Program Information (Israel)

Benny Katz, Director, IDF Relations/Liaison Department

Shirley - 0526994990

Moran - 0535222127

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