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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 annwersary home in Uganda," Bodinger told Army Radio. "It turned all right in the end, despite the arguments. Jews will always argue." Summing up the event he organized, Herzl wrote in his diary: "At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today 1 would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and cer- tainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it." The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a campaign earlier this month on social media to celebrate the 120th anniversary. It set up an account on Twitter called @HerzlTweets, which features quotes by the vision- ary journalist. BuzzFeed earlier this month published its own nod to Herzl, ranking him as the owner of the best beard of all the participants of the First Zionist Congress in an article titled "The Best Beards From The First Zionist Congress--Ranked." Herzl has no direct de- scendants left today. His only grandson killed himself in 1946. Theodor Herzl 120 Herzls gather in Herzliya to celebrate the Zionist Congress anniversary. (JTA)--Ahead of the 120th anniversary of the First Zion- ist Congress that Theodor Herzl organized in Switzer- land, 120 men and women named for him gathered in Herzliya to celebrate his legacy. On Aug. 29, 1897, Herzl, a journalist who was born in what today is Hungary, convened in the city of Basel some 200 participants from 17 countries, including 69 delegates from various Zion- ist societies. The gathering, the first of its kind in terms of scale, is widely regarded as a watershed in the effort to create a Jewish state. To honor his contribution to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, a group photo was organized for 120 men and women named after Herzl at the Israel Air Force House in the coastal city of Herzliya, whose name also is a tribute to Herzl. Among those photo- graphed was Herzl Bodinger, a former commander of the Israel Air Force. On Friday, he told Army Radio that while his parents named him in honor of the Zionist activist, it was also the name of his paternal grandfather, who "disappeared in Romania dur- ing the war" and is presumed to have been murdered in the Holocaust. Bodinger's father immi,- grated to prestate Israel in 1933, where he married a Jewish woman from India. Bodinger's uncle, Sammy', stayed in Romania and als0 named his firstborn son Herzl. Both the uncle and his son immigrated to Israel in the 1960s. Bodinger said his cousin also was at the photo shoot in Herzliya. "They say no one is irre- placeable, but I don't know if someone else could have started the great process that Herzl put in motion, with all the arguments, even on whether to establish a Jewish /i' !i Custom Printing ! ~ Invitations & Announcements Digital & Offset Printing \ ~ ../" Brochures & Booklets Direct Mail Services ' Forms & Letterheads Envelopes Business Cards 2-o5 North Street Longwood, FL 32750 Bdng in this ad and receive 18% Discount Wednesday, Sept. 20th & "l-hursday, Sept. 21st Make a reservation to dine with us or call ahead and we will have your order ready. Ask about our express pick-up options. Visa ebs fe oeL fJI OELI " R~KERY RESTAURANT ..... toojays:com I 'The Profound Effect' art exhibit opens at the Holocaust Center SepL 10 Featured at the exhibit will be "Two Uniforms." Notice the raven. Prisoners at Birkenau death camp. Leaving the Warsaw Ghetto.