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Re-launching Austrian Friends of BH


Ms. Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Ambassador Aviv Shir On, Dr. Joanna Nittenberg, Dr. Christoph KainzIsraeli Ambassador to Austria hosts event to re-launch Austrian Friends of BH

Ambassador of Israel to Austria Aviv Shir On and his wife Arnona hosted an evening to re-launch the Austrian Friends of Beit Hatfutsot in their beautiful residence in Vienna. The ambassador talked about the importance of Beit Hatfutsot as the Museum of the Jewish People and how happy he is to gather together friends of Beit Hatfutsot, 25 years after the first circle of friends gathered in the same residence.

Journalist  Dr. Joanna Nittenberg who has taken upon herself to renew the friends association in Austria, talked about how Ms. Kupfer recruited her in order to advance the vision of Beit Hatfutsot in Austria. As the guest of honor, Ms. Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Director of the European Desk of Beit Hatfutsot, talked about the renewal of Beit Hatfutsot, the plans and new projects, among them adding a model of a Viennese Synagogue to the famous collection of synagogue models in the Beit Hatfutsot Permanent Exhibition. Guests viewed a film about Beit Hatfutsot and the exciting renewal process, and were impressed by all the work that is being done in the museum. They, too, felt “part of the story”.

Guests included the President of the Jewish community in Austria Oskar Deutsch,  Vice Chair of the Future Foundation Dr. Christoph Kainz,  former Austrian Ambassador to Israel Michael Rendi,  Mrs. Elisabeth Leopold of the Leopold Museum, Mag. Sonja Kato-Mailath-Pokorny, Dr. Danielle Spera, CEO  of The Jewish Museum Vienna, Mag. Evelina Merhaut of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Arad Benkoe of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Austria  and many politicians, business people and communal leaders.

(Photo: Edward Serotta)