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Maccabean Pilgrimage of 1897

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  • Fannie Fuerstenberg (c.1849 - d.)
  • Samuel Levy Bensusan (1872 - 1958)
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  • Herbert Zwi Bentwich (1856 - 1932)
    Note: Louis Solomon Bentwitch in Australia is NOT his brother. Zionist leader and lawyer. Herbert Bentwich was an authority on copyright law, and owner/editor of the Law Journal for many years. He was ...
  • Avigdor Lewis Birnstingl (1853 - 1924)
    Secretary of the Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor. Aergdon Lewis Brenstingl 1861 England & Wales Census Birth: Circa 1853 - Bloomsbury, Middlesex Residence: 1861 - 8 Tavist...
  • Cordelia Birnstingl (1865 - 1917)
    Residence : Chatham, Kent, England - 1871* Residence : Chatham, Kent, England - 1871* Residence : St Marylebone, London, England - 1881* Residence : St Marylebone, London, England - 1881* Residence : K...

In April 1897, a group of 20 Jewish men and women traveled on a Thomas Cook-organized tour of the Holy Land. The project was to normalize tourism in Palestine/Israel for Jewish travelers who wished to visit Biblical sites and the emerging colonial system. Kosher food was provided. The trip's organizers were Herbert Bentwich and Israel Zangwill.

The project was controversial in England and extensively publicized before, during and after. Articles may be found in the archives of the Jewish Chronicle as well as secular newspapers of the day. The project is mentioned in the biography of Herbert Bentwich written by his children Margery and Norman.

The photo is from the biography: Herbert Bentwich: The Pilgrim Father book, photo on page 113:

The Maccabean Pilgrimage 1897: (Left to right) Top row: E. Isaacs, S.L. Bensusan. Second row (Standing): A. Feldman, D. Wolffe, H. Bentwich, L. Levy, L. Fraenkel (of Copenhagen), H. Davis, Rev. C. Emanuel, I. Snowman, S. Finn. – (Sitting), Mrs. Frank, Miss Douglas, Mrs. Muhr (& maid below), Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Birnstingl. – (on the ground), Edmond de Menasce, Israel Zangwill.

(some minor errors in the names such as Rev. C. Emanuel, etc)