• Issue: March 2001
  • Designer: Yig'al Gabay
  • Souvenir Sheet Size: 130 mm x 65 mm
  • Stamp Size: 80 mm x 25.7 mm
  • Sheet of 1 stamp
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: Offset

A philatelic exhibition is first and foremost a competition between collectors expressing years of research and expertise in the different fields of philately and is the peak of the collectors' achievements. Each exhibit is evaluated by a team of judges appointed by the International Federation of Philately (F.I.P.) and medals are awarded to the exhibitors on the basis of the judges evaluation. Each exhibition is categorized on a competitive level according to F.I.P. regulations, similar to the different leagues in the field of sport.

The "Jerusalem 2001" Exhibition continues the Millennium year events. The Exhibition is of the highest national level and exhibitors have been invited to participate from Italy, Argentina, Germany and Spain.

Some 500 frames of exhibits will be on display including an enormous range of rare stamps and with the emphasis on thematic collections relating to religion and Jerusalem's importance to religion. Some of the best collections in the world on the subject of the Holy Land and Judaica will be exhibited.

The Exhibition is under the patronage of the President of the State of Israel, the Minister of Communications and the Mayor of Jerusalem. Stamp dealers and many guests from overseas will participate in the Exhibition. "Jerusalem 2001" is organized by the Israel Philatelic Federation and the Israel Philatelic Service and funded by the Israel Postal Authority.

The Souvenir Sheet is based on the ceramic picture of Jerusalem by the artist, Ze'ev Raban, (1925).

"Again I will build you, and you shall be built, 0 virgin Israel!" (Jeremiah Chapter 31,3) is written on the ceramic picture. There is a design of pomegranates, one of the seven species, and the picture is framed with a woven pattern.

The ceramic picture is part of the ceramic decorative tiles from the Laderberg House which is situated on the corner of Rothschild and Allenby Streets in Tel Aviv.

The ceramic tiles, which make up the painting, were made in the ceramic workshop that was established in the Bezalel School of Art, Jerusalem, in 1922 by Ya'akov Eisenberg, student and teacher at Bezalel.

One of the specialties of the workshop was decorative ceramics tiles for the
ornamentation of private and public buildings. Most of the buildings were in
Tel Aviv and they added a special charm to the city's landscape. The subjects of the tile designs were of Jewish, Biblical and Eretz Israeli character. The initiative of decorating houses and buildings with ceramic tiles was that of Prof. Boris Schatz, founder and first principal of the Bezalel School, who acted from both ideological and economical motives. He received cooperation for his initiative from Mayor Meir Dizengoff, the city's architect Dov Hershkovitz and other well known architects led by Jehouda Maguidovitz and Yosef Minor, private house owners who dealt in commerce, banking, contracting and professionals and people from the arts and culture fields.

Batia Carmiel
Director and Curator
Historical Museum of Tel Aviv – Yaffo, Eretz Israel Museum

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"Jerusalem 2001 "— Multinational Stamp Exhibition