Beit Hatfutsot at the GA Conference
Beit Hatfutsot Participates in GA (General Assembly) Conference Scores of Visitors visit Museum’s Impressive Lounge
Over 3,000 participants took part at the annual conference of the Jewish federations of North America, held in Jerusalem in November. North American Jewish leaders were abuzz about Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People's presence at this year's General Assembly (GA). Visitors who dropped by the Museum's lounge, showed great interest in the refreshing new image and the various engaging Jewish Peoplehood initiatives, transforming the Museum into a global center for Jewish communities worldwide and a showcase of the heart and soul of Jewish life.
Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair, Dan Tadmor, CEO, Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of External Relations and Racheli Kaplan, Director of International Donor Relations welcomed guests, lay and professional leaders, speakers and community professionals.
Together with educators from the Museum's International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS). Talia Avnon-Benveniste, ISJPS Director, introduced the School's vision outlined in ISJPS' newly published Journal, including programs exported worldwide: My Family Story and G2G: Generation to Generation. Talia explained, "These are just two examples of how The Museum of the Jewish People shares amazing opportunities for promoting Jewish Peoplehood, strengthening Jewish identity and linking Jewish communities worldwide, so everyone feels part of the greater ongoing Story of the Jewish People. Dan Tadmor added, "We encourage the concept of Jewish Peoplehood - a sense of belonging to one people, emphasizing the unifying aspects shared by Jews from all corners of the globe."
Dan Tadmor, CEO Beit Hatfutsot and Aharon Azulay, Director General of the Ministry for Senior Citizens
Ofer Bavly, Director General, Israel Office at Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Dan Tadmor
The highlight at Beit Hatfutsot's GA lounge was the interactive computer stations connected directly to the Museum's genealogical database system. Haim Ghiuzeli, Director of the Museum's databases, and Benny Madmon, Director of I.C.T were on hand to assist scores of visitors researching family names and creating family trees.
In addition to the lounge in the exhibition hall, Beit Hatfutsot’s Talia Avnon-Benveniste, was the moderator for a prestigious GA Session: The Untapped Strategic Asset-Israeli Americans, enhancing Beit Hatfutsot's profile a few notches. She chaired with aplomb, a panel of influential Jewish leaders from major Federations and from Israel: Alan Hoffmann, CEO of the Jewish Agency for Israel, David Mallach Managing Director of the Commission on the Jewish People at NY Federation and Ted Sokolsky CEO of the Toronto Federation.
The visitors had a unique opportunity to experience a “taste” of Beit Hatfustot, not as observers but as participants. Our message was unequivocal:
The Story is Yours, and it will never be complete unless you are part of it.