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Celebrating Bat/Bar Mitzvah at Beit Hatfutsot and Discover Your Family Story

Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People is now offering a unique and meaningful experience for Bnei Mitzvah visiting Israel.

The program is inspired by the Agus family from Los Angeles, California: actress Amy Povich Agus and Dr. David Agus, a prominent Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California and an author of the bestselling book The End of Illness, together with their children Sydney, an aspiring businesswoman, and Miles, an aspiring scientist, visited recently Beit Hatfutsot. Since their first visit in the summer of 2011, they have developed a passion for Beit Hatfutsot the "coolest of museums….", as Miles described it when sharing his impressions with guests at Beit Hatfutsot 2011 New York Gala honoring Ambassador Alfred Moses.  Last month Miles and his extended family marked his Bar Mitzvah in Israel and Beit Hatfutsot.

Upon contributing $1,800 of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to Beit Hatfutsot Miles said "I have been lucky to visit Israel twice in the last three years.  With each visit, my family and I visited Beit Hatfutsot, where I continue to learn about Judaism and the many generations who came before me. Beit Hatfutsot’s database is a special collective of Jewish history, our history, and helps me understand better my Jewish identity.  At Beit Hatfutsot, Jews from all over the world have a place to call home and show how we are connected." David, thrilled, added ”When your son tells you he wants to donate part of his bar mitzvah gifts to The Museum of the Jewish People, you just have to smile.  He gets it.  We are a people spread throughout the world, but united in so much.  Beit Hatfutsot is a testament to the past, and a necessity for both the present and the future of our people."

Motivated by the Agus family, Beit Hatfutsot is launching a new program hosting Bnei Mitzvah, their families and friends on the occasion of their joyous and meaningful milestone. 

The innovative educators at our International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, will plan a significant and exciting experience which will include touring the core exhibition, visit the synagogue replicas, exploring the meaning of your family name and learning of your family heritage at the Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center which boasts a comprehensive database containing thousands of genealogies of Jewish families from all over the world and is connected to our rich collections of photos, films, music, history of communities, origin of Jewish family names and more.

We will offer a stimulating program at the A-B-See-Do exhibit, which brings to life the essence of the Hebrew language. We will engage the entire family in creating your own family profile, an activity designed by famous artist Hanoch Piven, and adding it to the Family Matters art installation. Should you wish to hold a party at Beit Hatfutsot, our events experts will work with your family to make it a great celebration.   

When thinking of a momentous as well as fun experience to mark your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, we invite you to hold your celebration with us. If you plan on coming to Israel for your bat/bar mitzvah (and any other family event) we encourage you and your family to celebrate it at Beit Hatfutsot, and discover how YOU too are a part of the story.

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Dr. David Agus and Family at entrance to Beit Hatfutsot


Shula Bahat, Dan Tadmor, Miles Agus