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Lights and Shadows receives 70,000 visitors


The exhibition “Lights and Shadows: The Story of Iran and the Jews” received 70,000 visitors during its nine-months at Beit Hatfutsot. By all measures, the exhibition, which is closing in September, was a resounding success, one of the most well-received exhibitions in Beit Hatfutsot history.

According to external evaluators, the exhibition marked a “groundbreaking event in Jewish museum history, in that it is the first ever exhibition about Persian/Iranian Jewry.” According to the evaluation report, staff, guides, and visitors from Israel and around the world reported ebullient responses, calling it the “best exhibition Beit Hatfutsot has ever had.” With a guiding focus on Jewish identity, community richness and commitment to the Jewish people, visiting groups including students, business leaders, army officers, pensioners, and groups from Persian descent all responded with overwhelming enthusiasm about the exhibit. Visitors from the Persian community are particularly positive in their response to the exhibition, and sometimes return with children, grandchildren, siblings, and friends. 

For more information about the exhibition, contact Curator Hagai Segev.