An Interview with Tamar Zarmi
Tamar Zarmi is part of the new, young face of renewal at Beit Hatfutsot. The Coordinator of Informal Education at the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot, Tamar uses her creative energies to engage visitors of all backgrounds. She custom-designs educational programs for groups of students, soldiers and young adults from around the world, facilitating the process of encountering Jewish identity and the story of peoplehood at Beit Hatfutsot. In an interview with Elana Sztokman, Tamar talks about some of her most inspiring moments at Beit Hatfutsot.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Rechovot, and spent six years in the Education Corps in the IDF. I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology and philosophy from Bar Ilan University, and a Master’s Degree in education from Tel Aviv University. I’m married and have a one-year-old daughter, and we live in Ramat Gan.
What do you like most about working at Beit Hatfutsot?
I get a lot of satisfaction when I see a group that I’m working with enjoy the program – especially a program that I custom designed for them. There are some groups with unusual characteristics, such as a group’s background or origin or diversity. Every time I build a program for a group, I want them to be happy and to leave feeling good, and I put a lot of work into all the details.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
I put a lot of work into getting to know each group and assessing their educational needs. I try to ensure that each group has an experience at Beit Hatfutsot that is relevant and engaging and new. I also try to match each group with the right guide. This process can be very time-consuming and challenging.
What was the most inspiring moment in your work at Beit Hatfutsot?
One of the most moving moments for me was when, at a conference for senior female IDF staff, we invited a speaker to talk about the women of the Yishuv who fought in the British army during World War II. The speaker brought as a special guest one of the woman fighters. At the end of the riveting talk, I presented her with a catalogue from the Ludwig Blum exhibition. She said, “I could not ask for a more meaningful present, because Blum’s son, who was killed in battle as an IDF soldier fighting for Israel, was my classmate.” She said it closed a circle for her. It was a very emotional moment for me as well.