Horowitz Families Association Background
Established in conjunction with the Diaspora Museum and
the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research of the Jewish Family Heritage.
The Horowitz Families Association was set up in order to collect and
document information about the important part played by Horowitzes in the
history of the Jewish people both in the Diaspora and in Israel, and to make
connections between the various family branches.
In an attempt to achieve these aims, the Families Association holds national
and international conferences and study days, organizes visits to places
with family connections, publishes material on historical subjects and
initiates various activities intended to perpetuate the family heritage
amongst the younger generation and the new immigrant population.
The activities of the Horowitz Families Association are intended for all
branches of the Horowitz Families, whether their name is Ish-Horowitz,
Horowitz, Hurwitz or Gurevitch.
The Association holds annual meetings and sponsored an international
conference in Tel Aviv in 1996, which made possible the meeting of many
members of the families from Israel and abroad. As a result, a parallel
association was set up in the USA for Horowitz family members from abroad.
The following are some of the Association's recent activities: An excursion
in November 1998 toured the Judean Hills in the wake of Horowitzes who
fought in the War of Independence; in May 1999, a tour of the Western
Galilee offered the opportunity to visit educational institutions and
factories founded by members of the family. In November 1999, the excursion
included Migdal on the Kinnereth founded by Hurwitzes, and a pilgrimage to
the tomb of R. Yeshayahu Halevi Ish-Horowitz in Tiberias, which was restored
with the help of the Horowitz Families Association.
In June 1998, a conference was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the
State of Israel; the Chanukah conference, in December 1998, was dedicated to
the history of the "Bilu" pioneer Zvi Hurvitz, and in June 1999 a study day
was held which dealt with the role of Horowitzes and other prominent
families in the "Golden Age" of Jewish Prague in the 16th century. In
February 2000, a social gathering brought together established Horowitzes
and Gurevitch newcomers. In September 2000 a study day was devoted to the
"Golden Age" of Polish Jewry, in May 2001 - of Lithuanian, and in June 2002
- of Romanian Jewry. The study day which was held in May 2003 dealt with
"The Horowitz Family in the Periods of Rise and Decay of Russian Jewry".
The Association, which was established in cooperation with the Institute for
Interdisciplinary Research of the Jewish Family Heritage and the Diaspora
Museum, was formally registered as a Foundation in 1991 (no. 58-019-634-3).
The Executive Board and the Association's various committees meet at regular
Chairman of the
Mr. Gabriel Horowitz
Honorable Members - Prof. Yitzhak Halbrecht, Mrs. Mira Chomsky
The Executive Committee
The Chairman of the
Committee for Excursions
The Chairman of the
Committee for Connections with the Family Branches in Diaspora
Chairman of the Control Commission
Accountant Mr. Yosef