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American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot

About Beit Hatfutsot of America and the American Friends 

Beit Hatfutsot of America is the programmatic and institution-building arm of Beit Hatfutsot in North America. It is the conveyor of the vision and mission of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the transmitter of the content produced by Beit Hatfutsot, the vessel to bring to North America Beit Hatfutsot’s program offerings and exhibits; developing leadership for the enterprise; establishing strategic relations with compatible institutions and organizations such as museums, JCCs, synagogues, federations, Jewish learning centers, Israeli representatives, etc. American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot (AFBH), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization representing the interests of Beit Hatfutsot, as a resource development vehicle. It provides support to the ongoing and prospective programs and exhibits of Beit Hatfutsot.


Contact us:

Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America:

[email protected]

Gloria Golan, Executive Director, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot:

[email protected]


Upcoming Events:

Jewish Heritage Month: Vintage Fashion Posters – May through September 2019

Poster exhibition on loan from Beit Hatfutsot 

 Various locations in libraries throughout Los Angeles, California 

May is Jewish Heritage Month, which recognizes the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. In 2006, then-president George W. Bush proclaimed May nationally as Jewish American Heritage Month and since 2016, Los Angeles has celebrated the over 150 years of Jewish cultural heritage. At the 2018 City Hall celebration commemorating this heritage month, Los Angeles’s first elected Jewish mayor, Eric Garcetti, noted that Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse Jewish communities anywhere and that Jewish Heritage Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the cultural, political, economic, and social contributions of our Jewish community, which in 2018 numbered 617,480 or 4.6% of the city’s population, making it the second largest Jewish community outside of Israel (after New York City).

Starting May 1, library patrons can experience a unique poster exhibit portraying vintage Jewish fashions from around the world. This poster exhibit consisting of 22 evocative images showcases an unexpectedly wide variety of historical forms of dress by Jews around the world. The posters are on loan from the Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfutsot) in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the display will rotate through six LAPL branches between May 1 and September 11, 2019.

For additional locations and more information


May 20, 2019

Bucharest Diary: Romania’s Journey from Darkness to Light

A conversation featuring Senator Joseph I. Lieberman and Ambassador Alfred H. Moses

The Center for Jewish History, New York

For more information


June 15, 2019

Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Opens at the Houston Holocaust Museum


September 7

Beit Hatfutsot and the Hampton Synagogue, Westhampton, New York

Screening of Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

Directed by Canadian comedians and best friends Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman,  creators and co-stars of Yidlife Crisis.  The film was featured at the concluding event of the Atlanta Jewish Festival.


October, 2019

Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann

Opens at The National WWII Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana


October 28, 2019

“Am Israel Chai”

Lecture featuring Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, Co-Chair, Beit Hatfutsot

International Board of Governors

Kol Ami Synagogue, Tampa Florida

Recent Events

Haifa: Two Tales of a City

(April 9, 2019 New York City)

Amidst the Carmel Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea sits Haifa, Israel’s third largest city whose brilliant architecture and culture of innovation and coexistence has been celebrated in film, song, and fine art. Haifa has been hailed by author A. B. Yehoshua as a symbol of all that is normal Israel.

A distinguished audience of 100 gathered at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue for an intimate evening with authors Naomi Harris Rosenblatt and Professor Nili Gold for a revealing and fascinating look at the evolving relations of the people and landscape of Haifa, and memories of historical events that shaped their identities. Guests included Phil Darivoff, Board Chair, National Museum of American Jewish History; Amerian Abby Joseph Cohen, Senior Investment Strategist, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc, Research Division; Ambassador Peter Rosenblatt, a prominent Washington attorney, Daniel Rosenblatt, Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, Senior Rabbi of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and Arthur Stein, Co-chair of the Israel Committee of SWFS, among others.

Shula Bahat, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot of America, a trustee of SWFS, and a native of Haifa herself moderated the evening.  The discussion focused on themes such as the characteristics of the city that reinforce Israeli and Jewish identity; the essence of the education that both authors received at home and in school that kept them connected to the city; maintaining their identity as Sabras and American Jews and cultivating multi-identities and the issue of dual loyalty to the US and Israel that has re-emerged as a subject of public discourse.

At the end of the evening guests received copies of Rosenbatt’s Bless the Bitter and Sweet, her diary recording personal impressions about the end of the Mandate and the beginning of Israel and Gold’s Haifa: City of Steps, her homage to her hometown and a hybrid work of urban studies, architecture, literature and memory.

Nili Gold, Shula Bahat, Naomi Rosenblatt

Nili Gold, Shula Bahat, Naomi Rosenblatt

Phil Darivoff, Shula Bahat, Abby Joseph Cohen

Phil Darivoff, Shula Bahat, Abby Joseph Cohen




Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward: 

  • Exhibitions

  • Educational Programs

  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Programs and Events

The American Friends:

Sam E. Bloch Z”L, Founding  Chairman

Daniel Pincus, President

Ruth Shamir Popkin, Vice President

Stephen M. Greenberg*, Treasurer

Elissa Blaser, Secretary

Gisele Ben Dor

David Ellman



Tanaz Eshaghian

Dr. Aaron Feingold*

Dr. Cheryl Fishbein*

Milton and Tamar Maltz

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses

Carlyn Ring

Sofia Segal

Nina Weiner


Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America

Gloria Golan, Executive Director, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot

* Past President