A Festive Gala in New York
Beit Hatfutsot to Celebrate its Renewal and Future in a Festive Gala Honoring Ambassador Alfred H. Moses and Saluting a New Generation
Beit Hatfutsot will be marking its renewal and future at a gala event on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York.
Our guest of honor will be Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, chairman of Beit Hatfutsot’s International Council, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Promontory Financial Group, LLC, the global financial services advisory firm, a prominent lawyer, chairman of UN Watch and honorary president of the American Jewish Committee.
We will pay tribute to Ambassador Moses’s distinguished career in public service and Jewish communal activism and his exceptional commitment to Beit Hatfutsot.
Gala Co-Chairmen are Eugene A. Ludwig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group, LLC; former vice chair at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank; President Bill Clinton’s Comptroller of the Currency from 1993-98; and Leonid Nevzlin, Chairman, International Board of Governors, Beit Hatfutsot; international businessman and philanthropist who established the Nadav Foundation and initiated the Museum of the Jewish People.
Judith Stern Peck, a prominent leader and philanthropist, member of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot, and a consultant to family businesses, foundations and offices, is chairperson of the Gala Steering Committee.
According to Avinoam Armoni, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, "This gala marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Beit Hatfutsot. Beit Hatfutsot is in the process of a comprehensive transformation to rebuild the Museum of the Jewish People as a novel and relevant educational center that emphasizes pluralistic expressions of Jewish identity, the dilemmas of contemporary Jewish life, while telling the ongoing and unique story of the Jewish people."
The gala’s program will feature a preview by Patrick Gallagher, the prominent museum designer, of the plans for the new Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, funded in part by the Government of Israel. A cultural/musical program will be among the highlights of the evening. We are looking forward to an event as exciting as it will be inspiring.
Among those who have already agreed to serve on the Gala Tribute Committee: Senators Ben Cardin, Joseph Lieberman and Sheldon Whitehouse; Richard Plepler, Co-President of HBO; Paul Tagliabue, former NFL Commissioner, and Chairman, Board of the Georgetown University; Elaine Wolfensohn, a philanthropist focusing on education and arts education, and Sir James Wolfensohn, the 9th President of the World Bank; and real estate developer and philanthropist George Rohr.
Also serving are Ambassadors Ido Aharoni, Moshe Arad, Stuart Eisenstadt, Max Kampelman, Richard Schifter, and Clifford Sobel; Honorable Matthew Nimetz, prominent lawyer, businessman and diplomat; Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Foundation; Prof. Deborah Dwork, Director or the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University; Major Generals Amos Yadlin and Eitan Ben Eliahu.
Beit Hatfutsot is a gateway to explore Jewish peoplehood and the purpose and meaning of being Jewish. We empower younger generations with a deep awareness of their rich and unique heritage, a sense of the joy in being Jewish, and a personal connection to the ongoing Jewish story. Reflecting this, and our rich communal diversity, we have chosen to pay tribute to Dor Chadash, 30 Years After, and RAJE: Russian American Jewish Experience.
Dor Chadash, a dynamic community, inspiring a network of thousands of Israeli and American Jews to create meaningful connections with Israel; 30 Years After, whose mission is to promote the participation and leadership of Iranian American Jews in American political, civic and Jewish life; and RAJE: Russian American Jewish Experience, an evolving organization (a division of Gateways) committed to sparking Jewish life in Russian American Jewish society and building a community that embraces Russian speaking Jews from all walks of life.
Each of these organizations excels in connecting young Jewish leaders to their distinct cultural legacies and the larger Jewish community and is passionately involved with Beit Hatfutsot. Our growing cadre of emerging leadership will sponsor a dessert reception.
The B’nai Zion Foundation shares much of the Beit Hatfutsot mission and will be recognized at the dinner for its longstanding and dedicated support of the Beit Hatfutsot enterprise.
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