Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) was the visionary of the State of Israel. He initiated the process that led to the birth in 1948 of the Jewish State he envisioned. His dream was not only about having a land for the Jewish people, but of building a model society in that land. That work is ongoing and so it is now up to all of us to complete Herzl’s dream. Herzl’s motto was “if you will it, it is not a dream”. Herzl teaches us that anything is possible if we want it badly enough and work hard for it.
David Matlow is a corporate and private equity partner at Goodmans LLP in Toronto and past Chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. He was co-chair of Toronto's 2015 Campaign for the United Jewish Appeal and is a member of the board of the Ontario Jewish Archives and the iCenter for Israel Education. He owns the world's largest private collection of Theodor Herzl memorabilia (over 5,000 items). This website is the keystone of David’s Herzl Project through which David hopes to inspire people to be a little like Herzl and pursue their dreams while working to improve the future of the Jewish people and the State of Israel and help to build a better tomorrow for everyone.
Herzl Explained is a six part series of three or four minute videos in which David tells Herzl’s story aided by items in his collection. Herzl Explained was produced in 2020 by Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs with the support of the American Zionist Movement, the Canadian Zionist Federation and the Department of Diaspora Affairs of the World Zionist Organization.