Getting to know Golda

By Galya Tregenza Hall

Golda Meir was a remarkable Israeli politician who helped found the State of Israel and later served as the country’s fourth Prime Minister. 

She was the first and only woman to hold the post and was in office from 1969-1974 and the SAZF, in conjunction with Go2Films, was delighted to host a webinar about this fascinating woman. 

All those who registered for the event were able to watch the exclusive SA premiere of the documentary, ‘Golda’. Then, on 27 August 2020, an incredible line up of panellists joined to hold a discussion about the Israeli stateswoman. The incoming National President of the Union of Jewish Women SA, Bev Goldman, facilitated the discussion. 

The panel included Udi Nir who is the writer, producer and director of the Golda documentary. He recounted how he had been asked to produce the documentary and when conducting his research in various archives, he came across never seen before footage of Golda.  

Also on the panel was Professor (Emeritus) Meron Medzini who was the spokesperson for Golda Meir during the 1970’s. Prof. Medzini, a sprightly 88-year-old, gave detailed and fascinating insights into Golda’s life and also shared several humorous anecdotes from his time working with her. 

Gusti Yehoshua Braverman, head of Diaspora Affairs for the World Zionist Organisation, was the third panellist. She highlighted Golda’s unique position as being the only women in her cabinet and with August being Women’s month in South Africa, this webinar provided an ideal opportunity to honour such a remarkable woman. 

Golda Meir was a formidable figure in Israeli politics who devoted her life to the service of the Jewish state, and the documentary and panel discussion about her provided a fantastic opportunity to better understand the woman behind the legacy.

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