Poster Tales is a series of Israeli-made posters that originated with the founding of the Jewish state. Each year, Israeli artists submit their posters and designs in the hope that one will be featured as Israel's Independence Day image. Each poster – with its vivid imagery, symbols and themes – encapsulates a time and a people that shows the progression of Israel through the decades. Below is a tiny taste of what the curriculum comprises, and an example lesson plan for tailoring the resource to other holidays as well. A link to download the series can be found toward the bottom.
The first Independence Day poster, designed by Yohanan Simon.
Two strong arms raising the Israeli flag, depicted in a Soviet socialistic realistic style, is accompanied by a quote taken directly from the Declaration of Independence.
- What do the lines on the flagpole represent?
- What's the light and dark contrast symbolize?
- What, in your opinion, is the prominent message being displayed?
This poster has many layers and symbols, and is a great representation of how "old meets new" in Jerusalem. The fort-like structure is built from twelve stones, representing the twelve tribes. The seven flags waving in the wind represent the years since Israel's independence.
What else do you see?
Artist: Gidi Keich
Isaiah (2:1-4): "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."
A traditional joyful child in a traditional kova tembel (כּוֹבַע טֶמְבֶּל, traditional Israeli hat) waters a helmet that is growing a garden. Notice anything different about the colors and flag? We encourage you to dig a little deeper with this Poster Tale.
Artist: Amram Peret
One of the most popular posters of its time, this compilation of portraits was created by children. It demonstrates Israel's diversity through the eyes of its future generations. What other elements stand out to you?
Artist: Studio Tornovsky
Notice how the number 37 repeats in pattern and overlaps in color.
Artist: Gideon Sagi (other posters by Sagi include 1980, 1982, and 1997)
- What is the artist trying to say with this visual style?
- In what other ways is the number 7 suggested?
- What hidden shapes and symbols are apparent?
Drawing Comparisons: 1978 & 2002
Compare the two posters below. 24 years apart, and they both represent a similar style and theme.
- How do they differ?
- How do they relate to the years they are released?
- What symbolism shines through brightest?
Click below to download the two-part educator's guide, complete with historical background, activities, exploratory questions, and color posters.
(Disclaimer: The above images are owned and copywritten by the Government of Israel. The iCenter acts as a distributor of the Poster Tales curriculum, and makes no claims of copyright on the above images.)