Golda’s Gramophone

This little story has a definite apocryphal quality to it, but it is charming nonetheless. In September 1921, Golda and Moris Merison (later Zionized to “Meir”) arrived in Palestine and sought inclusion in the Merhavia kibbutz in the Jezre’el valley. The kibbutz members were wary of the American couple. They suspected them of being spoiled and, therefore, not sufficiently hard-working. But the Merison’s had an ace up their sleeves, a hand-powered gramophone and several records. Once they promised to share the gramophone with their fellow Kibbutzniks they were welcomed into the community.

I guess the socialist ideal of Zionism was being undermined from its earliest stages.

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