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Exhibition Opening - "Threads of Silk"

03 January 2013

Hundreds attend festive opening of Threads of Silk: The Story of Bukharan Jewry



Over 500 people gathered at Beit Hatfutsot on January 3, 2013, to celebrate the opening of Threads of Silk: The Story of Bukharan Jewry. This extraordinary exhibition was initiated by MK Amnon Cohen, Chairman Internal Affairs and Environment Committee of the Knesset. Politicians, diplomats, Jewish leaders, members of the business community, members of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, and many Jews of Bukharan descent attended the opening of this exceptional exhibition that reveals the outstanding cultural and spiritual achievements of Bukharan Jewry.
During the festive event the guests enjoyed a musical performance by the Elaev Family, and authentic Bukharan cuisine. Greetings were delivered by MK Gideon Sa’ar, Minister of Education whose mother’s family is from Bukhara and MK Amnon Cohen, who works tirelessly to promote and preserve the culture and heritage of the Bukharan Jewish community.
Moti Schwartz, Deputy Director of Beit Hatfutsot welcomed the guests:  “Over the years, Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People has presented many exhibitions documenting Jewish communities from around the world. Just two years ago, we opened a groundbreaking exhibition that tells the story of the Jews of Iran, an exhibition that is currently on display at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles.”, said  Mr. Schwartz. “Exhibiting Threads of Silk: The Story of Bukharan Jewry at Beit Hatfutsot is both natural and fitting. The extensive documentary material collected for this exhibition will be kept in the Beit Hatfutsot Integrated Digital Database and will be available for future researchers, students and visitors from Israel and abroad.” continued Mr. Schwartz.
Threads of Silk reinforces Beit Hatfutsot’s commitment to reveal the stories of different communities from around the world. The success of this exhibition bears witness to the renaissance of Beit Hatfutsot as a pluralist, vibrant, dynamic, and interactive, cultural and educational center dedicated to strengthening Jewish identity and peoplehood.  
For more information on the exhibition, please follow this link. Threads of Silk: The Story of Bukharan Jewry
Exhibition curators and producers: Orit Engelberg Baram and Meirav Balas
Exhibition project director: Michal Houminer
Director of the Curatorial Department: Smadar Keren
Exhibition designer: Ori Glazer
03 January 2013