Beit Hatfutsot is a public, not-for-profit organization with private and governmental involvement. Beit Hatfutsot has four shareholders: The State of Israel; The Jewish Agency for Israel/World Zionist Organization; Tel Aviv University; The World Jewish Congress. According to the 2005 Beit Hatfutsot Law, Beit Hatfutsot has the status of National Center for Jewish Communities in Israel and around the world. The directing institutions of Beit Hatfutsot are: The General Assembly – meeting of shareholders of the organization; Board of Governors – the senior representative and policy formulating body; and the Board of Directors – the management body.
Irina Nevzlin, Chair
Irina Nevzlin serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot–The Museum of the Jewish People, and President of the Nadav Foundation. She is currently leading an extensive renewal project to recreate Beit Hatfutsot as a unique global cultural center for the Jewish People, due to open in 2018.
As President of Nadav, Irina oversees the strategic management of the foundation, which supports initiatives that promote Jewish Peoplehood, builds collective Jewish identity and forges lasting ties between Jews around the world. In addition, Irina serves as the Founding Co-Chair of the Israeli Center for Better Childhood (ICBC). She previously sat on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and on the Prime Minister’s Round Table, a strategic planning forum bringing together the private and non-profit sectors for positive change in social policy in Israel. Irina also serves as the Chair of the Board of ‘Liberal,’ a Hebrew monthly, covering Israeli political life, communications and culture.
A native of Moscow, Irina holds a BA and MA in Economics from Moscow Lomonosov State University. She has worked in government relations, lobbying and strategic communications in both Moscow and London, and has extensive experience in PR for private and non-profit organizations.
Prof. Yael Darr, Representative of the Tel Aviv University
A native of Israel, Prof. Yael Darr teaches in the Child and Youth Culture M.A. Program of the Porter School of Cultural Studies, at the Tel Aviv University. Her research addresses children’s culture in general and children’s literature in particular during the Jewish nation-building period in and the first decades of Israeli statehood. Prof. Darr joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Rabbi Lior Gabay, Representative of the Public
A native of Israel, Rabbi Lior Gabay is a graduate of the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem, a jurist and the Founder and CEO of “Neot Margalit”, a national network of childcare institutions. Rabbi Gabay serves as the Chair of the ZAKA Finance Committee, and specializes in consultation to public organizations. He is a member of the WJC Executive Committee and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2010.
Mr. Eyal Gabbai, Representative of the Public
A native of Israel, Gabbai is the Founding Director of RGB Equity, an advisory firm that specializes in identifying potential investment targets. He previously served as the Director General of the Prime Minister’s office, as well as in various other positions in the private and public sectors. Gabbai holds an LLB in Law and an MBA from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He joined the Museum of the Jewish People Board of Directors in 2015.
Mr. Yaakov Haguel, World Zionist Organization
A native of Israel, Yaakov Haguel is Deputy Chair of the World Zionist Organization and its head of Department for Activities in Israel and for Countering Anti-Semitism. He holds an LLB in Law from Shaarei Mishpat College, and joined the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People in 2016.
Mr. Moshe Leshem, Representative of the World Jewish Congress
Moshe Leshem was born in Uzbekistan to a Polish family that escaped with the outbreak of the Second World War. He is a retired Junior General and owner of a consulting firm for business development in South East Asia. Leshem has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2011.
Amb. Alfred Moses, Representative of the Public
A native of the USA, Ambassador Alfred Moses is a practicing lawyer and partner at Covington & Burling LLP, and is Chief Operating Officer, Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Promontory Financial Group. He received the “Yakir Beit Hatfutsot” award in 2011, and is Co-Chair of the museum’s Board of Governors. Moses has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2013.
Mr. Gil Omer, Representative of the Public
A native of Canada, Gil Omer served in various positions in the media, such as Deputy Director of the Israeli news company. Today he is CEO of the Israeli Children’s Museum in Holon. Omer has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2008.
Amb. Avi Pazner, Representative of the Public
Avi Pazner was born in the free city of Danzig. He served as the Israeli Ambassador to Italy and France, and as Chair of Keren Hayesod. He currently owns a company for International consulting and serves as Chair of the Jerusalem International Book Fair. Pazner is a member of the the Museum of the Jewish People Board of Governors and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2005.
Prof. Raanan Rein, Tel Aviv University Representative
A native of Israel, Prof. Raanan Rein is the Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History, and Vice President of the Tel Aviv University. He is head of the Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies which he founded. Prof. Rein has been representing the Tel Aviv University in the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2012.
Dr. Ruth Shamir Popkin, Representative of the Public
A native of Poland, Dr. Ruth Shamir Popkin is a practicing attorney and holds a PHD in Cultural Studies. Her family established The Grunstein-Shamir Foundation for the documentation of Jewish life in Poland, at Beit Hatfutsot. Dr. Shamir Popkin has been active in the museum for over 30 years, and received the “Yakir Beit Hatfutsot” Award in 2008. She is a member of the museum’s Board of Governors and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2008.
Adv. Moshe Shimoni, Representative of the World Jewish Congress
A native of Israel, Moshe Shimoni is Chairman of the Ono Academic College in Jerusalem and Chairman of the Israeli Employment Service Council. He formerly served as Director General of the Ministry of Religions. Shimoni holds an LLB in Law from Shaarei Mishpat College and joined the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People in 2016.
Mr. Rani Trainin, Representative of the Jewish Agency
A native of Israel, Rani Trainin is Acting Deputy Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He is also head of the Yoav Regional Council and Chairman of the Economics Committee of The Union of Local Authorities in Israel. Trainin is a member of Kibbutz Beit Nir. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People since 2012.