One such photo shows Ben-Gurion at the brit milah (circumcision) ceremony of Roee Zivun, a baby born to members of Kibbutz Sde Boker, where the prime minister resided. Ben-Gurion, who was chosen to be little Roee's Godfather, is seen holding the baby and recoiling at the sight of the circumcision.
Those photos and many others will be exhibited at Ben-Gurion's Hut in Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev starting October 16.
The exhibition, titled "The Old Man and the People," will feature photos, letters and other exhibits collected from the public over the past year.
One photo shows him shaking the hand of Ora Dat, also a member of the kibbutz, on her wedding day.
"He was the star of our wedding, so what? He told us to have many children, and we did as he commanded," said Ora Dat, who was in charge of the brit milah ceremonies and other family celebrations in Sde Boker. "He would come to all of the weddings and brit milah ceremonies held in the kibbutz. I think our wedding, in 1968, was the last he attended. Two months earlier, Pola (his wife) had passed away and we were surprised he even shown up."
Dat said after the photos from the wedding were developed, she had Ben-Gurion sign them.
Ze'ev Zivun, the father of baby Roee, Ben-Gurion's godson of, said: "In 1971, our second son came into the world. In our family photo album, there is a photo of the proud grandfathers, welcoming their second grandchild. In center sits the Godfather, the tribe's elder, David Ben-Gurion, holding eight-day-old Roee—after he met the mohel (the circumciser)."
"Ben-Gurion really suffered at brit milah ceremonies," Dat said. "It was quite the torture for him, but he came as a show of respect to the parents. I used to stand close to him to support him, less so the baby."
Another photo shows Ben-Gurion getting his hair cut. "Pola came to me and asked that my husband Haimkeh cuts his hair," said Rachel Goldberg. "He wasn't a barber, but a sheep-shearer. Nevertheless he became a barber for everyone. I told her there was no problem, but that I was coming to take a photo of that. Pola sat on a chair next to me and told Haimkeh how much to cut. 'Cut from here and from there.'"
According to Goldberg, "Ben-Gurion's hut was adjacent to the children's house I worked in. He called the kids 'mischievous' and smiled at them. When my son Eran was born, he asked me, 'Why didn't you give him a Biblical name?' When my second son was born, (Ben-Gurion) was the Godfather.
"On his 70th birthday, I picked some carnations for him that were growing in the kibbutz. Pola was very involved in what was happening at the kibbutz, and when they came back from trips, they'd show us picture slides. The relations were very friendly."
Miri Palmach, the director and curator of Ben-Gurion's Hut, said, "We received hundreds of photos and letters, we haven't had time to go over everything. We're calling on people to bring more things they may have."
She went on to say there was a common theme in all of the photos: "Ben-Gurion's personal treatment of the common man, the people. The people mattered to him."