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Closing of the Exhibition "Light & Shadows"


Groundbreaking Exhibition "Light  & Shadows" to close end of August

The groundbreaking Beit Hatfutsot exhibition, “Light and Shadows: The Story of Iran and the Jews” will be closing at the end of August 2011. Sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, this exhibition has been enthusiastically received. Visitors, critical reviewers, staff and an external evaluator all concluded that this has been one of the most successful exhibitions in Beit Hatfutsot history, on a subject long overdue for such a comprehensive exhibition.

“Light and Shadows” is the first exhibition to explore the culture and history of Iranian Jewry, a community nearly three thousand years old. The exhibition highlights the rich history and culture of this millennia-old community while creating a space for facilitating an exploration of Jewish connectivity and Peoplehood. 

Nearly 45,000 people have visited this exhibition since its opening, including thousands of people of Persian descent along with pensioners, educators, and IDF soldiers. “This is the best exhibition that Beit Hatfutsot has ever had”, one veteran staffer with 28 years of experience at Beit Hatfutsot said.  Among visitors the response was tremendous. One woman, Ora who left Isfahan, Iran in 1951 at the age of 18, brought her husband, her son and her granddaughter after “all her friends” told her come.  Her 20 year old granddaughter was enthralled. “I’ve only heard stories, but I have never seen it with my own eye. Now I understand.”

“Light and Shadows” reinforced Beit Hatfutsot’s commitment to bring to the forefront exhibitions that strengthens the connection between Jewish identity and Peoplehood. By sharing this extraordinary chapter in the history of the Jewish people, Beit Hatfutsot has been able to capture and present this community in a comprehensive exhibition that illuminates the depth and richness of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.


Light and Shadows: The Story of Iran and the Jews exhibition is sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, with additional generous support from the David Berg Foundation, Diamond Charity Foundation, Global Mashadi Jewish Federation, Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, Maccabi Foundation and individual philanthropists, members of the Iranian Jewish community as well as other Jewish communities.