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Bronfman Fellows visit BH


A prestigious group of 26 Jewish high school seniors in Israel selected to be the 2012 Bronfman Fellows visited Beit Hatfutsot in July. The group, hailing from diverse Jewish and geographical backgrounds, learned about the museum’s renewal process, and offered valuable input about how Beit Hatfutsot can best tell the Jewish story and reach Jewish youth. The visit to Beit Hatfutsot engaged the fellows in issues of importance to the future of the Jewish community, and challenged them to think in a concrete way about their connection to the Jewish People.

The highly selective Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel program offers outstanding youth a five-week summer program that educates and inspires young Jews to become active participants in Jewish culture throughout their lives, and to contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world at large. The Fellows spend the summer before their high school senior year traveling through Israel, exploring their Jewish Identity, and engaging with thinkers, authors, and artists.

The Fellows and their staff started the afternoon with a seminar using a song by famous Israeli artist Ivri Lider that kicked off an exploration of the shifting paradigms of Jewish communal identity. The group traced the transformative stages of Jewish identity from the Destruction of the Second Temple until today through the concepts of exile, Diaspora and Jewish Peoplehood. They also had the opportunity to share feedback about the vision for the New Museum vis a vis the displays, the priorities of content and the flow of the Museum's design.

“I welcome the valuable feedback from our visiting international young leadership groups about the transformative stages of Jewish identity and Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century," says D'vora Greisman Daniels, Coordinator of International Programs at Beit Hatfutsot. "This shift in paradigms of the Jewish people from past to present impacts on the renewal and changing contemporary face of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People. “