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NEW ACQUISITION – 18TH CENTURY TORAH

Old but new – New acquisition of an 18th century Torah from Italy Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, is proud to announce the acquisition of a unique Italian Torah set from the 18th century. The set, which includes a Torah Scroll, Torah Mantle, Silver Finials, Crown and half Crown, was in […]

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Visit of Ambassador Lars Faaberg-Andersen

Denish diplomat Lars Faaberg-Andersen, ambassador of the European Union, visited Beit Hatfutsot on Wednesday, 16.11 and was deeply impressed by the renewal plan and the exhibitions of the new wing. Ambassador Faaberg-Andersen was greeted and accompanied by Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, and by Ms. Enia Zeevi Kupfer, director of the Israel and Europe Desks. “We […]

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An Interview with Irina Nevzlin (jewishvoiceny)

An Interview with BH chair, Irina Nevzlin (jewishvoiceny.com) I was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in Moscow. In Russia the only religion was Communism and we were forbidden to talk about our Judaism. My family suppressed our Jewish identity. In fact, I did not even know that I was Jewish… READ THE INTERVIEW – CLICK […]

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Beit Hatfutsot’s 38th Anniversary in New York

Friends and Supporters Celebrate Beit Hatfutsot’s 38th Anniversary – Establishment of The Leon H. Charney Center Announced Friends and supporters of Beit Hatfutsot recently held their annual anniversary celebration in New York. Over 250 guests attended the gala, where plans for the next phase of the renewal of the Museum were revealed. The crowd was abuzz […]

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President Rivlin’s Visit to Beit Hatfutsot’s New Exhibition “Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People”

Accompanied by his wife, children and grandchildren, President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin recently attended the Museum’s new children’s exhibition, “Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People,” displayed in the Tamar and Milton Maltz Family Gallery at Beit Hatfutsot. Irina Nevzlin, Board Chair, together with Dan Tadmor, CEO, received the President and his family, sharing with them the […]

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Fashion Event: GALLABIA

The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot (IFBH) promotes the educational, cultural and community programs at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. Events and fundraising efforts are made to support the cause of bringing school children and families from Israel’s peripheral areas to a meaningful visit at the Museum. To this end, Irit […]

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International Women’s Club visits Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People

The International Women’s Club (IWC) recently visited Beit Hatfutsot. This was the third annual visit of the IWC, led by their president Catherine Cornet D’elzius, wife of the Belgian Ambassador, and Ivyhelen Cohen, their  Cultural Coordinator, and hosted by Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of External Relations and Enia Zeevi Kupfer Director of the European Desk […]

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Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot Visit Spain

The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot—comprised of both members and significant supporters of the Museum —strive to form relationships and raise funds to promote the cultural, educational and communal projects of Beit Hatfutsot. To this end, the IFBH embarked on its second annual organized tour of a Jewish community, this year visiting Madrid and Toledo […]

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May 25 – Opening of the New Wing!

We are proud and happy to be launching the Beit Hatfutsot New Wing on May 25, 2016! Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People is a national institution since 2005. These days we are planning the construction of a new Core Exhibition, which will offer an authentic, inclusive and inspiring global Jewish experience for […]

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Announcement – “Spring Prism” Photo Exhibition

  The Spring Prism photo exhibition will display photos reflecting a variety of perspectives from worldwide Jewish communities, through the prism of spring and all its multi-dimensional associations. Both Israeli and worldwide Jewish communities are mutually intrigued about various aspects of each other’s lives. A range of photographs offers an opportunity for an encounter between […]

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Here Comes the Bride – Now on display in New York

TWELVE GOWNS ONE UNIFIED THREAD “Here Comes the Bride: Wedding Gowns Embroidering a Jewish Story” is an original exhibition that showcases twelve haute couture wedding gowns. Each unique gown sheds light on the distinct traditions and customs of various Jewish communities, including those of Yemen, Poland, Iraq, Greece and Germany, to name a few. After being […]

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“Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann” – at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio

  “Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann”: Curated by Beit Hatfutsot, this seminal exhibition recently opened at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio. Based on confidential documents and artifacts kept  by the Mossad (Israel’s intelligence agency) for fifty years, this exhibition reveals not only history at large, but the […]

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Curator’s Personal Reflections – “Operation Finale” in Ohio

“Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann” in Cleveland – personal reflections Transforming “Operation Finale” from an Israeli exhibition that speaks to an audience who knew how to pronounce “Eichmann” and “holocaust” from the age of kindergarten, to an exhibition for American viewers who are at times less familiar with this story – […]

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Zambian Delegation Visit

We were pleased to host distinguished educators and business persons from Zambia. Beit Hatfutsot CEO, Mr. Dan Tadmor, showed them the present exhibitions and revealed the renewal and development plans. Sitting (Left to Right): Honorable Michael kaingu Minister of Higher Education Dan Tadmor His Excellency The Ambassador of Zambia to Israel, Mr. Martin Mwanambale Her Excellency […]

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Friends and Supporters Join in New York to Celebrate Beit Hatfutsot’s 37th Anniversary

Friends and supporters of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish people, recently gathered in New York for the Museum’s annual celebration. Hundreds of guests including young and seasoned leaders, had the pleasure of hearing in detail about two major milestones in the Museum’s renewal project, both set to take place over the next […]

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Special Beit Hatfutsot Exhibition at the Knesset

Beit Hatfutsot recently had the honor of being invited by the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) to present a preview display of the upcoming original exhibition “Operation Moses: 30 Years After”. On Monday, December 7th, 2015, the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee held a unique session marking 30 years of the immigration of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel. […]

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Yitzhak Navon Z”L – Childhood Memories

  Yitzhak Navon was the 5th president of the State of Israel, a politician, a diplomat, and an author.  He passed away on 6.11.16, at the age of 94. His memories were include in the 2015 “My Family Story” catalog, “Stories from Jewish Leaders. (CLICK HERE TO BUY THE CATALOG): “My mother knew how to prepare […]

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The Erfurt Treasure – The Story of a Ring

In 1998, archaeologists digging in the old Jewish quarter in Erfurt, a city in Germany, could not believe their eyes. They had uncovered, beneath a stone wall in the basement of a house from medieval times, a remarkable treasure. This spectacular hoard of jewelry, coins and silverware included 3,141 silver coins, 14 ingots of silver, […]

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Film Screening at Beit Hatfutsot draws new crowds

Former secret service officials, businessmen, Board members and friends came to Beit Hatfutsot to pay respects to Leon Charney and watch a special screening of the documentary “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace“. Leon Charney is a Jewish American businessman, political advisor, author, philanthropist, media personality, and cantor. He is remembered as the key […]

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Beit Hatfutsot 2014 Annual Report

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 […]

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Tararam! – Rhythm Workshops for Children and Families

Tickets: call 03-7457808 Join this summer’s workshop with performance artists from “Tararam!”. Come and experience body drumming and entertaining percussion instruments, where everyone creates a common rhythm especially composed by Doron Rafaeli for this summer’s event. His tune for “Heenei- Ma-Tov-Ew-Mana’im” (“Look how good and how pleasant it is for us all..”) expresses a contemporary […]

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“My Family Story” – The 20th Anniversary Ceremony

My Family Story is one of Beit Hatfutsot’s most innovative flagship programs. Young participants in Israel and worldwide Jewish communities, embark on a meaningful, personal, and experiential, multigenerational Jewish heritage project. Through personal research and inspiring creativity the students produce an art display illustrating their families’ roots and connection to the greater story of the […]

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My Family Story – Projects Exhibition

Throughout the Jewish world, students research and write their roots and heritage stories. This marks a milestone moment in the lives of young Jewish students in Israel and around the world when they are challenged for the first time to find their own personal and unique story that emphasizes their Jewish identity. My Family Story program, led by The International […]

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Style and Heritage Celebrated by Beit Hatfutsot at Legendary Maskit Fashion House

A morning of fashion and heritage was recently organized by “The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot”. This creative event, geared at leading businesswomen in Israel, was a celebration of Israeli fashion, culture and art. It was held at the new location of Israeli fashion house Maskit, originally established in 1954 by Ruth Dayan. Currently on […]

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Colleagues Visiting: Distinguished Guests from the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Prof. Dariusz Stola, director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, and Ms. Lucja Koch, head of the education department, visited Beit Hatfutsot on Sunday, 15.3. They were hosted by chief curator Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, who introduced to them the plans for the new Core Exhibition, and visited Beit Hatfutsot exhibitions.  

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In Memoriam – Erna De-Shalit Z”L

It is with deep regret that Beit Hatfutsot mourns the passing of Erna De-Shalit, a true and dedicated friend of the museum, and sends condolences to all the family. The generous donation that Erna De-Shalit and family granted to Beit Hatfutsot enabled the upgrade and enrichment of the museum’s database of Jewish Family Names, which […]

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Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood – A Conference

“Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood” was the topic of the conference that drew 250 people to Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People to discuss the theory and the practice of Jewish Peoplehood in the context of Israeli society. The conference was organized by the “International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot” […]

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200 Years of the Leslau Family

In an emotional ceremony held at Beit Hatfutsot on February 10th, 2015, the Leslau family tree was added to Beit Hatfutsot’s database. Attending the ceremony were the siblings of the Leslau family: Etty, Yitzhak, Chana and Ziporah, as well as Beit Hatfutsot’s CEO Dan Tadmor, Director of Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Irit Admoni Perlman […]

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Drum ’n’ Dress Museum Night

A stunning avant-garde night of music and fashion, Drum ‘n Dress, is yet another example of highly successful event planned by and geared for the international young adults visitors to the Museum. Vlada Poltoratska from the Ukraine and Iva Balavajderova from the Czech Republic, both ISJPS (International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies) interns, had every […]

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Beit Hatfutsot hosts The International Women’s Club (IWC)

Thirty members of the International Women’s Club (IWC) recently visited Beit Hatfutsot. Members include spouses of diplomats serving in Israel, of CEO’s of foreign companies, of Israeli diplomats serving overseas, and leading women in society. The head of the forum is Ms. Yvette Trubowitch. Among the guests was Cathrine d’Elzius Cornet, wife of the Belgium […]

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Exhibition Opening – Dream Weavers

Walking into the opening of the latest new exhibition, “Dream Weavers: From Jewish Tailors to Top Fashion Designers”, one might have mistaken this event at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, for Paris, Milan, New York or any other international fashion hub across the globe. Some of the guests may have initially appeared to be “competing” […]

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Amy Winehouse – Exhibition Opening

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 […]

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Beit Hatfutsot Annual Report – 2013

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 […]

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“History is About the Future”: Malcolm I. Hoenlein Visited Beit Hatfutsot

“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 […]

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42 Worldwide Jewish Students Win International Heritage Prize – “My Family Story” Awards Ceremony

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 […]

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Homemade Halva Cake for Shavuot

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 […]

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President Shimon Peres Lays the Cornerstone for the New Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot

Read Shimon Peres’ speech – click here 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 […]

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Congregation Shearith Israel – Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue 360th Anniversary

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 […]

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“The Success of the Storytellers” by Mordechai (Max) Shatner

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 […]

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The Mighty Don and His Descendants

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 […]

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A Glimpse on Ukrainian Jewry

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 […]

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Pesach Celebrations Worldwide – Happy Passover!

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 […]

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Tommy Hilfiger Visited Beit Hatfutsot

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.    

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Audience is Moved by old Films from Hârlâu, Romania

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 […]

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Dov Seidman’s Lecture, March 26th 2014

“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 […]

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Beit Hatfutsot Receives a $10 Million Contribution

The Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, established by Milton Maltz and his wife Tamar, and Ambassador Alfred Moses and his family, have committed a pair of gifts of $5 million each for a combined $10 million to Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. The Maltzs are no strangers to […]

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Meet Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of BH Board of Directors

Meet Irina Nevzlin Kogan, the elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. She came to the Board in July, 2012 following five years as president of the NADAV Foundation where she was responsible for overall strategic management of the foundation, which focuses on Jewish Peoplehood […]

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Orit Shaham Gover – BH Chief Curator

  Orit Shaham Gover was appointed chief curator of Beit Hatfutsot two years ago. She is the director of the new core exhibition, slated to open in 2 stages: The Synagogue Hall, scheduled to open in summer 2015  and the new museum in 2017. Orit is well acquainted with the existing core exhibition, ever since the […]

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Exhibition Opening – Cuba: An Island Within an Island

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 […]

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Please meet Dan Tadmor, the CEO of Beit Hatfutsot

Gary Rosenblatt interviewed Dan Tadmor for “The Jewish Week”: Dan left a distinguished career in Israeli media — 20 years as an editor and manager at the daily Yedioth Achronot, followed by several years as a television executive — to become the CEO a year ago of Beit Hatfutsot: the Museum of the Jewish People. […]

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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 […]

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The New Core Exhibition

Beit Hatfutsot – the museum of the Jewish people in Tel Aviv is undergoing a comprehensive renewal program which will culminate with the opening of the Synagogue Hall in 2015 and the  new museum in 2018.  This renewal program reflects essential changes in Jewish and Israeli culture and society, as well as world-wide advances in museum […]