Leah Goldberg’s “Tel Aviv 1935”

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Adriana X. Jacobs

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Leah Goldberg’s poem “Tel Aviv 1935” offers a vivid and complicated account of Jewish immigration in the early twentieth century. Goldberg immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1935, the same year her first book of Hebrew poetry was published. In this poem, which was published in the early 1960s, the poet looks back on this period and on the relationship that Jewish immigrants from Europe had—and continue to have—with the places and languages of the diaspora. This resource kit offers historical and biographical materials that will help contextualize this poem and also provides guidelines for teaching the poem in English translation.

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