The Writing on the Page

Henrietta Szold’s 1909 diary hints at things to come in the Land of Israel.

At a time when Palestine attracted few tourists, Henrietta Szold’s first visit to the Holy Land in 1909 must have been remarkable for the slowly growing Yishuv, the Jewish community of pre-State Israel. It certainly caught the attention of locals hoping for Diaspora support, according to the travel journal she kept during her six-month trip with her mother to Europe and the Middle East.