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Government approves budget for BH development


The Israeli government this week approved a 24 million NIS allocation for the New Museum of Beit Hatfutsot. The funds, which will be transferred between 2012-2014, are in addition to funds previously allocated, and will go towards Beit Hatfutsot's Development Plans. The pledge is contingent upon raising matching funds.  The following is a copy of the Government announcement:


Government Announcement:


1. In accordance with the Beit Hatfutsot Law from  2005 (hereafter  referred to as “The Law'), which defines Beit Hatfutsot as the National Center for Jewish communities in Israel and abroad, and following the government decision number 1424 from March 18, 2007, and its commitment to strengthen and perpetuate  the history and national  heritage of the Jewish people for future generations and to strengthen relations between the Jews  in Israel  and the Jewish Diaspora around the world, the government will work to further develop the Center during the years 2012-2014.


2. In addition to the 40 million NIS that was budgeted for the development plan from 2007-2011, an amount of 24 million NIS will be allocated over the next three years, 2012 to 2014, to continue the development  plan. This will be in accordance with the Beit Hatfutsot Regulation in the Ministry of  Culture and Sport’s budget regarding cultural activities, by pooling the resources from the following government ministries:


Ministry of Education - 2.8 million NIS per year

Prime Minister's Office - 1.2 million NIS per year

Ministry of Culture and Sport - 4 million NIS per year


3. In addition, the development plan will be financed by donations  of at least 24 million NIS.


4. The Beit Hatfutsot development plan will include the construction of the Museum of the Jewish People and adapting it to the acceptable standards and technology of the 21st century, developing additional exhibition and activity areas, adding display areas for temporary exhibitions, further developing the activities of the School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies, upgrading the databases documenting the Jewish People, establishing the On-line museum, and renovating the physical premises of Beit Hatfutsot.


The Minister of Education informed the Goverment that the fee for school children visiting Beit Hatfusot will be at cost.