American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot

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 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; 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 Beit Hatfutsot, as a resource development vehicle. It provides support to the ongoing and prospective programs and exhibits of Beit Hatfutsot.

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The exhibition Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann is presented through December 22, 2017 at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

To purchase half-price adult tickets please CLICK HERE. Discount code is: BHOF

Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann is a seminal and landmark exhibition originated and created by Beit Hatfutsot’s team, led by Chief Curator, Dr. Orit Shaham Gover, and Avner Avraham, Mossad Exhibition Curator. It was produced by Patrick Gallagher and Associates and Cleveland’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the venue of its US premier.

The exhibit tells the important and authoritative story of the capture (“Operation Finale” is the code name the Mossad gave it) and the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

Lathe for keys, courtesy of the Mossad archive

Lathe for keys, courtesy of the Mossad archive

In cooperation with Beit Hatfutsot, the Mossad has lifted its veil of secrecy in order to educate the public at large about the Shoah, the most tragic chapter of the 20th Century. The exhibition salutes the organizations and individuals in Israel and abroad who acted at great risk, it thanks them, their families and those whose identities must remain a secret.
The evidence exhibited represents material gathered during the unprecedented “Operation Finale” and the trial, which was heralded as a transformative and foundational event in the history of the State of Israel and the world. It opened up the discourse on the Holocaust as the heroic deeds of witnesses in the trial allowed others to raise their voices so that a world who might have been doubtful of the incomprehensible evil, would hear the truth.

The exhibition depicts captivatingly the trial of Eichmann, the gripping legal drama, led by Israel’s Attorney General and Prosecutor, Gideon Hausner. It was a pivotal milestone in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.

Friends of Beit Hatfutsot are entitled to discounted tickets to be purchased online or in person at The Museum of Jewish Heritage – Living Memorial to the Holocaust 36 Battery Place, New York, NY

Highlights from 2016 and 2017

Operation Moses: 30 Years After

A preview of the important exhibition, “Operation Moses: 30 Years After” which opened at Beit Hatfutsot in May, 2016, presents the story of the absorption of Ethiopian individuals and families in Israel, from Operation Moses to the present was part of a road show aimed at bringing visibility to Beit Hatfutsot and the challenges of the integration of Israelis as well as the accomplishments.

The road show was held in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, San Diego and California at the homes of prominent leaders in each community.

The exhibition provides the stage of relating the stories of ten families documented in Beit Hatfutsot’s photos. It examines their lives from the time they were photographed until the present, using texts and short videos; referring to their struggles with displacement, emigration and absorption, and their reception by Israeli society.

Beit Hatfutsot 38th Anniversary Celebration – A Tribute to Leon Charney and Honoring Tzili Charney

On September 27, 2016 Beit Hatfutsot celebrated its 38th Anniversary and paid tribute to the life and legacy of Leon H. Charney and honored Tzili Charney at a memorable event in New York City.

The event was mesmerizing and buzzed with excitement as hundreds of guests filled the Park Avenue landmark building where young and seasoned leaders engaged in conversation and as speakers revealed plans for the next phase of the renewal t Beit Hatfutsot.

We were proud to be able to pay tribute to Leon Charney and honor Tzili Charney whose passion for Jewish history and culture and their love of the Jewish people led them to establish the Leon H. Charney Center at Beit Hatfutsot. This new digital center will encompass Leon’s entire Jewish intellectual, journalistic and musical legacy. This enormous treasure will be added to Beit Hatfutsot’s vast on line databased and be available, free of charge, to visitors of all backgrounds at the venue and online. In addition, Leon Charney will be recognized by Beit Hatfustot as one of its Lamed Vavnicks, the 36 visionaries and committed contributors driven by passion to sustain and elevate the world they encounter.

Tzili Charney was presented with the Yakirat Beit Hatfutsot, the highest award the institution has to confer and in her acceptance speech stressed “Beit Hatfutsot is a vibrant and dynamic enterprise, a global center for the shared agenda of Israeli Society and world Jewry. Beit Hatfutsot is a magnet for Jews the world over, a hub for Jewish Peoplehood and the heart and soul of Jewish life, dealing with the fundamental aspects of the global Jewish experience and the interaction of Jewish civilization with other cultures.”

Nati and Mickey Charney accepted the award on behalf of their late father and spoke movingly about their parents. Nati stated: “The sentiment behind this night is incredible.” Mickey stressed: “It is not important how much you earned and what you achieved, what is important is how you helped other people.” Wolf Blitzer read the inscription on the award: “In tribute to the life and legacy of Leon Charney for his outstanding commitment to peace and justice and to the vitality and continuity of the Jewish People in Israel and worldwide.” Daniel Pincus, AFBH’s President, highlighted the presence of many young people to whom Jewish Peoplehood is empowering. It is a comprehensive framework, transcends geography, enables the exploration of manifold dimension of Jewish identity, connects the personal and the communal and serves as a vehicle to relate to the world at large.

Outstanding Jewish community leaders attended the event, including distinguished guests such as Ingeborg and Ira Rennert, Ambassador Dani Dayan, Sofia and Mike Segal, Ruth and Sandor Frankel, Jerome Chazen, Malcolm Hoenlein, Alisa Doctoroff, Rabbi Dr. Elie Abadie, Nina Weiner, Wolf and Lynn Blitzer, Stephen and Sandra Greenberg, Richard Stone, Eric Goldstein, Deborah Halberstam, Bryna Wasserman, Eitan Wertheimer, Claudio and Penny Pincus, Sidney Banon, Wunan Xiao, who headed a delegation from China, and many more.

The David Krakauer Acoustic Klezmer Quartet opened the event and a highlight of the evening was the screening of an original video commissioned by Beit Hatfutsot which depicts stirring renditions of the Untaneh Tokef prayer currently on display in the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall in the New Wing of the Museum. “The diversity of the Jewish people is beautifully depicted in the sixth century Untaneh Tokef prayer,” Senator Lieberman enthused, “which is so fitting to screen as we approach the High Holidays.

The evening was a testament to Beit Hatfutsot’s vision of celebrating Jewish life in variety of unique and transforming approaches that inspire people to associate and identify, passionately, with the Jewish people and Israel. It has a universal significance, as it tells how a people can live among other peoples, cultivate distinctive culture and value system, contribute to the society at large, deal with multiple identities and thrive notwithstanding trials, tribulations and major challenges.

 

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Join our family of friends of Beit Hatfutsot. Contributions to the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Contact us:

Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America:

[email protected]

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

[email protected]

Media Links:

Coverage in timesofisrael
Coveregae in “Forward”

The American Friends:


Daniel Pincus, President

Sam E. Bloch, Chairman

Ruth Shamir Popkin,

Rita Spiegel, Vice President

Stephen M. Greenberg*, Treasurer

Elissa Blaser, Secretary

Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America

Gloria Golan, Executive Director, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot

Board Members:


Gisele Ben Dor

David Ellman

Tanaz Eshaghian

Dr. Aaron Feingold*

Dr. Cheryl Fishbein*

Irwin Hochberg

Alex Indich

Harvey M. Krueger Z”L*

Milton and Tamar Maltz

Ambassador Alfred H. Moses

Carlyn Ring

Sofia Segal

Nina Weiner

Norman Weisfeld

* Past President