Mr. Shmuel Gani dedicated himself to building the family trees of the Jewish families of Zakynthos (Zante), Greece. There were less than 300 Jews on this island before the start of WW2. The Jews of Zakynthos were protected by the local Greek authorities and escaped deportation and murder by the Germans. The family trees built […]
On 19-20 October Beit Hatfutsot hosted the 2014 Annual Meeting of its Board of Governors. The Annual Meeting included workshops, lectures and festive events, including a panel with Amb. Dennis Ross and Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror about strategic challenges facing the Jewish People, a benefit at the Amy Winehouse – A Family Portrait exhibition hosted […]
Starting November 19, visiting hours will be temporarily expanded: Sunday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot had the privilege to hold the opening night of the exhibition “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait”, which was held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot. The event was hosted by Reuven Adler, the chairman of the Israel Friends of Beit […]
New Synagogue Model introduced to Beit Hatfutsot’s worldly collection Beit Hatfutsot held a festive evening on the occasion of the addition of the new synagogue model, the Turner Temple of Vienna, to its admired and unique collection. Turner Temple was inaugurated in Vienna in 1871 by the Sechshaus congregation; it was a symbol of […]
The complex story of Jews worldwide is the focus at Beit Hafutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, which is undergoing a major renewal project at its Tel Aviv campus. By the end of 2014, Jews everywhere will be able to explore their genealogical and communal roots through BH’s online database — one way […]
On any given day, The Museum of the Jewish People is alive with the sights and sounds of people encountering new aspects of the Jewish experience. These people – of all ages and backgrounds – discover and create the many different stories that constitute our collective past, present and future – our peoplehood. Whether it […]
“The State of Israel and the Jewish communities around the world are two sides of the same coin of the Jewish people”
Guest post by Mariana Herrera & Dina Ergas Guez Since the beginning of the operation Protective Edge (which seeks to restore calm in southern Israel) we have witnessed the ways in which a significant portion of society that ignores the history of the creation of the State of Israel and the current state of […]
The Jerusalem Post Magazine 27 6 14 – cover story iterview with Irina Nevzlin Kogan The impressive Irina Nevziin Kogan takes up leadership of Beit Hatfutsot and its all-embracing new museum, making the Jewish people’s history and future accessible to all [READ MORE]
“History is About the Future”: Malcolm I. Hoenlein, CEO/Executive VP of the Conference of Presidents presents to Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People Dr. Meir Schwartz’s Book, “Pogrom Night 1938″ Chronicling the Events of Kristallnacht in Germany Beit Hatfutsot had the honor and privilege to host Malcolm I.Hoenlein, CEO/Executive Vice Chairperson of the Conference of Presidents […]
Hundreds of kids and their families, representing dozens of countries, packed the museum to participate in a fun-filled, multi-cultural encounter that celebrated this year’s My Family Story competition and exhibit opening. My Family Story developed by the International School for Jewish People Studies at Beit Hatfutsot (ISJPS), enables each student and family to value the […]
Chef Meir Alalof of Tel-Aviv’s renowned “Messa” restaurant offered an exotic halva cake recipe for Shavuot: “My family came to Israel from Egypt and Turkey, as did halva. It is a traditional Turkish confectionary, and it is also well known in Arab cuisine: in Arabic “halva” means “sweet” or “desserts” “. Dough: 1 kg all-purpose […]
President Shimon Peres Lays the Cornerstone for the New Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Beit Hatfutsot welcomed Israel’s President Shimon Peres for a special event to lay the cornerstone for the new Museum of the Jewish People. The museum is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation, and the laying of the cornerstone marked an important milestone in the process of its renewal. Approximately 400 guests from Israel and abroad, including […]
Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, in Tel Aviv, condemned Saturday’s brutal attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium, which left four dead. Nevzlin Kogan wrote to the museum’s President, Philippe Blondin, to “offer her sympathies and support at this difficult time.” […]
Congregation Shearith Israel in New York, with which Beit Hatfutsot is enjoying profound partnership, celebrated its 360th anniversary. Beit Hatfutsot’s cooperation with the oldest Jewish congregation in America, will be reinforced with the renewal of The Museum of the Jewish People Core Exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot, to which the congregation has contributed artifacts and knowledge. “We are proud […]
“To renew myself, to relive, to be someone else, was always the great temptation of my existence”. Romain Gary Today is the birthday of Romain Gary, born Romain Kacew
When Franco Anza, a pupil attending the “Tarbut” school in Mexico, began preparation of his roots project this year, in the framework of “My Family Story” at Beit Hatfutsot, he already had a family tree. His sister, Valentina, had prepared it two years ago using My Heritage software, which Beit Hatfutsot recommends to participants of […]
In his new book Mordechai (Max) Shatner, Israeli philosopher and artificial intelligence expert, suggests a fresh explanation of the famous Jewish success secret. Apparently, the ancient Jewish art of creating stories is the main source of Jews’ phenomenal success. The diversity of Jewish success led the author to the conclusion that it depends on some […]
These days in 1492 were fateful and busy for Don Isaac Abrabanel. This prominent philosopher, statesman and financier left nothing undone to convince Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon to revoke the Alhambra decree. But despite all his efforts, including a huge bribe he offered the monarchs, the Edict of Expulsion went public, and […]
Now, when the Crimea on everyone’s lips, let’s recall that in 1921 the young Soviet regime had plans to establish a Jewish republic in the peninsula. Actually it was a brilliant idea: the Jewish agricultural settlements, pioneered by “Ha-Halutz” and other Jewish groups, were very efficient; and the American Joint Distribution Committee was willing to pay and […]
The term “melting pot” was used by David Ben Gurion during the early 1950’s. It means creating an Israeli society with an unified identity which, back then, meant Ashkenazi, educated, secular and progressive. Has the “Old Man’s” vision been realised? “Forging the Melting Pot” is a joint project of the Wizo Academic Center Haifa […]
Dear friends, The Beit Hatfutsot team wishes the entire Jewish people a Happy Passover! Pesach is a time of great promise and renewal when we retell a glorious part of the Jewish history and celebrate our freedom. It is also a strong, cohesive force within the Jewish community and culture. Enjoy the pictures of the Pesach […]
Following are 11 beautiful photos of views in Tel Aviv from Beit Hatfutsot photo collections:
Tommy Hilfiger was very impressed with the creative work of the Shenkar students at Beit Hatfutsot’s exhibition “Here Comes the Bride”. He was also happy to meet young and fashionable Tel-Aviv audience to talk about his professional secrets and unmatched life experience.
After an evening dedicated to Romanian Jewry, which included a selection of films from Beit Hatfutsot collections, and a fascinating lecture about Jewish-Romanian roots and family names, we received the most touching letter from Ruti Solomon from Zichron Ya’acov: “I was surprised and moved to tears, and I will treasure this evening in my heart […]
“Our world is being dramatically reshaped. The rules of the past no longer apply. In the 21st century, it’s no longer what you do that matters most but HOW you do it,” – with this strong statement our special guest Mr. Dov Seidman began his fascinating lecture at Beit Hatfutsot. Named one of the “Top […]
Hundreds of online visitors joined the Beit Hatfutsot’s special interactive project – the Worldwide Purim Album. Dear friends, we invite you to upload funny Purim photos from your family archive. Together we will create an unforgettable celebration that spans both time and distance. Purim Sameach!
While the anti-Semitism in France is escalating, and the Jewish community in France is seeing an unprecedented exodus, Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish people opens the exhibition “Dreyfus – The Story of a French Jewish Family”.
Enjoy 10 Purim photographs from the Bernard H. and Miriam Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. HAPPY PURIM!
If you could talk to any biblical figure, who would you choose? And what would you say? This imaginary dialogue with our ancestors is evolving not only in the Jewish culture, but wherever the Bible was read and taught. The archetypal power of the biblical characters is enormous, and still extremely vivid and even popular […]
We were glad to welcome hundreds of our old and new friends at the festive opening of “An Island within an Island”. People mingled and laughed, had mojitos, cameras flashed, – all set to the beautiful sounds of authentic Cuban mambo, salsa and conga. The Beit Hatfutsot’s guests had attended a first look at the […]
International Holocaust Day – Remains from a pipe organ from BH collections displayed at the MIM in Phoenix
The remains of an organ pipe found in 1950 by Hans Hirschberg in the ruins of the Neue Synagoge on Oranienburger Strasse, Berlin, are now on display at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The entire collection of Hans Hirschberg was generously donated to Beit Hatfutsot by his sister Mrs. Lilli Fliess, in his memory. The […]
Are you planning a spring wedding? Then it is not too late to get inspiration from our current temporary exhibition “Here Comes the Bride”. Each exquisite wedding gown presented at the exhibition gives a modern twist to styles and traditions of Moroccan, Spanish, German, Algerian and many other Jewish communities. Creating those white miracles, the young […]