News | Events | Visits – Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il Museum of the Jewish People Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:55:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 https://www.bh.org.il/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-512-32x32.png News | Events | Visits – Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il 32 32 Visit of the President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/visit-president-national-council-austrian-parliament/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:14:31 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=35654 The President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament, H.E. Wolfgang Sobotka, accompanied by a high level delegation, visited The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot today.  Among the distinguished participants in the delegation were H.E Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council, Mr. Harald [...]

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The President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament, H.E. Wolfgang Sobotka, accompanied by a high level delegation, visited The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot today.  Among the distinguished participants in the delegation were H.E Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council, Mr. Harald Dossi, Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament and Ms. Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of Austria.

The guests were welcomed on their arrival by H.E. Ron Prosor, formerly Israel Ambassador to the United Nations and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors and by Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot.

They began their visit by viewing the model of the famous Turner Tempel Synagogue which provided the ideal opportunity for H.E. Prosser to praise the longstanding and important relationship between Beit Hatfutsot and the National Fund of Austria.  Then the group visited the Synagogue Hall where the exhibition showcases 21 models representing various different communities and Jewish life.

The group then visited Beit Hatfutsot’s latest exhibition on Jewish Humor ‘Let There Be Laughter‘ which all members of the delegation greatly enjoyed.

Dan Tadmor thanked H.E. Wolfgang Sobotka and his delegation for their visit to Beit Hatfutsot and took the opportunity to thank him and Ms. Hannah Lessing for the ongoing support of the National Fund which he hoped would continue in the future.

 

l-r: Adi Akunis, CEO of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and Director of External Relations; Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel; Ron Prosser, formerly Israel Ambassador to the United Nations and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Governors; Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot; Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of Austria; Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament; Enia Kupfer Zeevi, Israel and Europe Desks director; Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council (photo: Itzik Biran)

l-r: Adi Akunis, CEO of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and Director of External Relations; Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel; Ron Prosor, formerly Israel Ambassador to the United Nations and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of  Directors; Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot; Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of Austria; Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament; Enia Kupfer Zeevi, Israel and Europe Desks director; Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council (photo: Itzik Biran)

l-r: Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament; Enia Kupfer Zeevi, Israel and Europe Desks director; Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of Austria; Harald Dossi, Secretary General of Parliament; Adi Akunis, CEO of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and Director of External Relations; Ron Prosser, formerly Israel Ambassador to the United Nations and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Governors; Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel; Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council (photo: Itzik Biran)

l-r: Wolfgang Sobotka, the President of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament; Enia Kupfer Zeevi, Israel and Europe Desks director; Hannah Lessing, Secretary General of the National Fund of Austria; Harald Dossi, Secretary General of Parliament; Adi Akunis, CEO of the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot and Director of External Relations; Ron Prosor, formerly Israel Ambassador to the United Nations and member of the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors; Martin Weiss, Austrian Ambassador to Israel; Martin Engelberg, member of the national Council (photo: Itzik Biran)

Wolfgang Sobotka at the Jewish Humor exhibition (photo: Itzik Biran)

Wolfgang Sobotka at the Jewish Humor exhibition (photo: Itzik Biran)

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“At 70: Treasures of Museums in Israel” – Special Exhibition at the Knesset https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/70-treasures-museums-israel-special-exhibition-knesset/ Sun, 01 Jul 2018 12:36:41 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=35417 The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot was honored to take part in a unique exhibition, displayed at the Knesset: “At 70: Treasures of Museums in Israel”. This exhibition, initiated by The Association of Museums in Israel and the Knesset, featured the videos from the highly acclaimed media exhibition “Operation Moses: 30 Years [...]

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The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot was honored to take part in a unique exhibition, displayed at the Knesset: “At 70: Treasures of Museums in Israel”.

This exhibition, initiated by The Association of Museums in Israel and the Knesset, featured the videos from the highly acclaimed media exhibition “Operation Moses: 30 Years After”.

Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein greeted the distinguished guests among them representatives from the Culture and Sports office, curators, artists and museum professionals.

 

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From “Diaspora Museum” to “Museum of the Jewish People”: Renewal and identity https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/from-diaspora-museum-to-museum-of-the-jewish-people-renewal-and-identity/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:41:07 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=35089  When Beit Hatfutsot was first opened, in 1978, it was called The Diaspora Museum, setting as a main goal to tell the story of Jewish communities in the diaspora, thus connecting Israelis to their past. At that time, the classic Zionist view was that the difference between Israelis and their fellow Jews in the diaspora [...]

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 When Beit Hatfutsot was first opened, in 1978, it was called The Diaspora Museum, setting as a main goal to tell the story of Jewish communities in the diaspora, thus connecting Israelis to their past.

The memorial column at the The Core Exhibition (opened May 1978 – closed October 2017)

The memorial column at the The Core Exhibition (opened May 1978 – closed October 2017)

At that time, the classic Zionist view was that the difference between Israelis and their fellow Jews in the diaspora was not just their location, but their values as well, and that there was a fundamental gap between Jews who resided in Israel and Jews who resided outside of Israel. Thus the people of the diaspora’s Jewish identity was considered somewhat incomplete, until the came to Israel.

The Atrium – Solidarity (Illustration) at the New Core Exhibition to be inaugurated in 2019

The Atrium – Solidarity (Illustration) at the New Core Exhibition to be inaugurated in 2019

Decades has passed, and many Jews feel that this approach is no longer valid. Therefore, as part of the museum’s renewal, it was decided that there shall be no more a separation between different groups of Jews, and that the goal of the new museum is to tell the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people, emphasizing identity and culture, without geographical and moral distinctions. This process also led to replacing the institute’s name from The Diaspora Museum to The Museum of the Jewish People.

The Opening Synopsis – Jewish Immigration (Illustration) at the New Core Exhibition to be inaugurated in 2019

The Opening Synopsis – Jewish Immigration (Illustration) at the New Core Exhibition to be inaugurated in 2019

Three principles underlie the foundation of the new museum:

  • A pluralistic representation: we believe that the story of the Jewish people is like a rich mosaic with many pieces, each piece stands alone yet contributes to the understanding of the great picture. There is no hierarchy, no Jew is better than another Jew, we are all part of the same story.
  • Smashing the “legacy of tears” concept: the old core exhibition was based on a meta-narrative we may generally call: from destruction to resurrection. In other words, the Jewish story is the story of a unique ethnic group who suffered pogroms, deportations, antisemitism, riots and persecutions, until they established their own state, which saved all the Jews. Many Jews around the world still study Jewish history this way, and embrace this concept, which is still highly popular. However, as surprising as this may sound, during the long history the Jewish people also experienced long eras of financial prosperity, cultural advancement, prolific dialogue with other cultures, and extraordinary rich creativity. In the new museum, these aspects shall be highlighted, and visitors will be able to look back on their past with excitement, and without necessarily shedding tears. For we believe that like any other good story, the story of the Jewish people has many plot lines, and we are here to tell the whole story, with its lights and shadows – even if it does not always fit with what we’ve learned in high school.
  • Belonging: we believe that a Jew is always part of a group – be that a minian, a community, a state, a nation – we have made it our motto to join all our visitors to one Jewish story. You cannot have identity without belonging. We feel, that if a visitor shall leave the museum saying to themselves “I am part of the story too” – then we have achieved our goal.
Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, 2019 – virtual simulation

Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, 2019 – virtual simulation

 

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My Family Story 2018: Awards and Exhibition in Memory of Manuel Hirsh Grosskopf https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/my-family-story-2018-awards-and-exhibition-in-memory-of-manuel-hirsh-grosskopf/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:32:53 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=34892 The final event of this international Jewish heritage competition includes 190 Jewish institutions, 24 countries and more than 20,000 young participants. The 58 finalists and their families attended the closing event and exhibition opening at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel Bursts of laughter, applause of praise and [...]

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The final event of this international Jewish heritage competition includes 190 Jewish institutions, 24 countries and more than 20,000 young participants. The 58 finalists and their families attended the closing event and exhibition opening at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel

Bursts of laughter, applause of praise and pride, and conversations in languages spanning six continents could be heard throughout The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel.  On June 7th and 8th, 2018, Beit Hatfutsot culminated the 23rd year of the My Family Story International Competition in Memory of Manuel Hirsch Grosskopf with a celebration of international Jewish Peoplehood at the My Family Story exhibit opening and the final award ceremony.  The 58 finalists from 24 countries around the world were joined by their families and friends for a celebration of the diversity and unity of the Jewish People with a special focus on connections to Israel in honor of its 70th year as a state.  The My Family Story finalists and their families gathered for two days of learning, fun-filled meetings, and international gatherings at Beit Hatfutsot. The participants toured the museum, described the stories behind their projects to their peers and families, joined international workshops, and attended the final award ceremony.

This celebration marks the end of the year-long program featured in Jewish schools, communities, and museums around the world, reaching 20,000 young participants from: Israel, USA, Moldova, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Russia, Latvia, Paraguay, Venezuela, Spain, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and Colombia. Throughout the year, Jewish youth learn about their family’s roots, histories, stories, and traditions using a curriculum and guidelines provided by the Koret International School of Jewish Peoplehood at Beit Hatfutsot.  The students submit artistic and creative projects which represented their findings to the international competition.

The final award ceremony was led by Beit Hatfutsot’s CEO Dan Tadmor, the CEO of Beit Hatfusot in America Shula Bahat, and the My Family Story team.  The participants were cheered on by their families, friends and classmates as well as an impressive array of diplomats and esteemed guests, representing the Ministry of Education, the Jewish Agency and embassies of Canada, USA, Greece, Germany, Chile, Lithuania, Panama, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Australia, Ukraine, Costa Rica. The final award ceremony took place in a packed Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University and featured dance performances by the Zooz ‘n Dance company. The event was streamed live to viewers across the globe. The winners’ projects are on display in the My Family Story exhibit at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot until July 15th, 2018.


Also view: The My Family Story 2018 catalog

(Photos by: Nir Shaanani)

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The National Day of the Republic of Slovenia Reception | Exhibition | Panel https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/national-day-republic-slvenia-reception-exhibition-panel/ Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:49:25 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=35060 The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia, attended by H.E. Ambassador Ms. Barbara Sušnik, H.E. Ambassador Ms. Charlotte Slente, and distinguished guests. The reception included: An exhibition on Jewish soldiers of the [...]

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The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Slovenia, attended by H.E. Ambassador Ms. Barbara Sušnik, H.E. Ambassador Ms. Charlotte Slente, and distinguished guests.

The reception included:

  • An exhibition on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Isonzo Front during the 1st World War, prepared by the Slovenian ‘Milko Kos Historical Institute at ZRC SAZU’ and ”Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor’ in English, Hebrew and Slovenian.
  • A panel on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army, with Dr. Renato Podbersič, one of the authors of the exhibition, and an expert particularly on the history of Jewish community in Gorica/Gorizia between 1900-1950, and Prof. Boris Hajdinjak, Director of ‘Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor’, author and researcher, specialized in the history of the Holocaust in Central and Southeastern Europe.
Ambassador of Slovenia in Israel, Ms. Barbara Susnik . The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Ambassador of Slovenia in Israel, Ms. Barbara Sušnik. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

An exhibition on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Isonzo Front during the 1st World War, displayed on the night of the reception. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

An exhibition on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Isonzo Front during the 1st World War, displayed on the night of the reception. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

A panel on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Isonzo Front during the 1st World War. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

A panel on Jewish soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Isonzo Front during the 1st World War. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Ambassador of Denmark, HE Ms. Charlotte Slente and Ambassador of Slovenia, HE Ms. Barbara Sušnik. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Ambassador of Denmark, HE Ms. Charlotte Slente and Ambassador of Slovenia, HE Ms. Barbara Sušnik. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Dan Tadmor, CEO Beit Hatfutsot, with Ambassador of Slovenia, HE Ms. Barbara Sušnik. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Dan Tadmor, CEO Beit Hatfutsot, with Ambassador of Slovenia, HE Ms. Barbara Sušnik. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Deputy Minister Michael Oren, Ambassador Ms. Barbara Sušnik, and Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Blaž Masle. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

Deputy Minister Michael Oren, Ambassador Ms. Barbara Sušnik, and Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Blaž Masle. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, June 2018

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Beit Hatfutsot at Herzliya Conference 2018: Keynote Speech by Irina Nevzlin and Special Panel https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/beit-hatfutsot-at-herzliya-conference-2018-keynote-speech-by-irina-nevzlin-and-special-panel/ Wed, 16 May 2018 12:07:52 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=33919 We were extremely proud and honored to be hosted at the 2018 Herzliya Conference. Ms. Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and President of the Nadav Foundation, was invited to give the keynote speech addressing the distinguished forum. Ms. Nevzlin was warmly welcomed [...]

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We were extremely proud and honored to be hosted at the 2018 Herzliya Conference. Ms. Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and President of the Nadav Foundation, was invited to give the keynote speech addressing the distinguished forum. Ms. Nevzlin was warmly welcomed by Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, Chair of the annual Herzliya conference.

Following Ms. Nevzlin’s address, A special panel – in cooperation with the Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Center for Jewish Dialogue at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot – discussed the strategic topic “Israel and World Jewry: On a Collision Course?”, moderated by Tal Schneider (“Globes”), with:

Dr. Anita Friedman, President, Koret Foundation

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, President of the Conference of European Rabbis

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, President, Yeshiva University

MK Dr. Nachman shai

Ambassador Ron Prosor

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Exhibition Opening: “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World” https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/exhibition-opening-let-laughter-jewish-humor-around-world/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:17:51 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=33205 We were thrilled and honored to launch the new exhibition “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World”, celebrating generations of Jewish humor, and marking 70 years of Israeli humor and satire. Many stage artists, comedians, actors, businesspersons and friends of the museum came to celebrate the opening with us, and were hosted [...]

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We were thrilled and honored to launch the new exhibition “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World”, celebrating generations of Jewish humor, and marking 70 years of Israeli humor and satire.

Many stage artists, comedians, actors, businesspersons and friends of the museum came to celebrate the opening with us, and were hosted and guided by Dan Tadmor, Beit Hatfutsot CEO and Dr. Orit Shaham-Gover, Beit Hatfutsot Chief Curator.

A few of the distinguished guests who came to learn and laugh: Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and President of the Nadav Foundation, Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein, Orna Banai, Liat Har-lev, Rami Vered, Shaike Levi, Gil Kopatch, Racheli Rottner, Gad Zeevi, Dan Proper, Eliezer Shkedi, Hannah Pri-Zan, Dan Lahat, Amos Shoken, Adi Akunis, director of the Israeli friends of Beit Hatfutsot and her husband, MK Ofir Akunis, Minister of Science and Technology.

Irina Nevzlin: “The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is the only museum in the world which tells the story of the entire Jewish people. It is a place of positive, optimist and future oriented Jewish identity – therefore it is the most suitable institute to host a comprehensive exhibition on Jewish humor. In late 2019 we plan to open our new core exhibition – over 6,000 square meters of celebrating the Jewish people’s heritage and success.”

(All photos: Aviv Hofi)

Dan Tadmor, Shaike Levi (Gashashim)

Dan Tadmor, Shaike Levi (Gashashim)

Orna Banai

Orna Banai

Hannah Pri-Zan, Adi Akunis, Gad and Eti Proper

Hannah Pri-Zan, Adi Akunis, Gad and Eti Proper

Irina Nevzlin, Eliezer Shkedi, Yuli Edelstein

Irina Nevzlin, Eliezer Shkedi, MK Yuli Edelstein

Liat Harlev and "Esti"

Liat Harlev and “Esti”

Hannah Pri-Zan, Ofir Akunis, Adi Akunis

Hannah Pri-Zan, MK Ofir Akunis, Adi Akunis

Rami Vered

Rami Vered

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A Festive Tribute to Beit Hatfutsot in Bologna, Italy https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/festive-tribute-beit-hatfutsot-bologna-italy/ Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:25:29 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=33198 The Jewish Museum in Bologna, directed by Dr. Guido Ottolenghi, hosted a Gala evening in honor of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th anniversary. Mayor of Bologna, Mr. Virginio Merola, the Ambassador of Israel in Italy, Mr. Ofer Sachs, President of the Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI), Ms. Noemi Di Segni, and Ms. [...]

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The Jewish Museum in Bologna, directed by Dr. Guido Ottolenghi, hosted a Gala evening in honor of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th anniversary. Mayor of Bologna, Mr. Virginio Merola, the Ambassador of Israel in Italy, Mr. Ofer Sachs, President of the Jewish Communities in Italy (UCEI), Ms. Noemi Di Segni, and Ms. Claudia De Benedetti of  Beit Hatfutsot Board of Governors, participated in the Gala.

Rare photos from the Beit Hatfutsot photo collections were displayed in honor of the Gala, depicting the young state of Israel, 7 decades ago.

The Gala was held in “PALAZZO MALVEZZI”, in the presence of many distinguished guests from the business and Jewish circles in Italy.

Dan Tadmor, Beit Hatfutsot C.E.O.: “We are so happy to hold the first official event in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary and the State of Israel’s 70th anniversary in Italy, which has over 2,000 years of rich Jewish history.”

Ambassador Ofer Sachs: “Today, more than ever, it important to maintain a dialogue between Israel and Jewish communities worldwide, and Beit Hatfutsot has a crucial role as a uniting factor”.

L-R: Ms. Claudia De Benedetti; Ofer Sachs, Ambassador of Israel to Italy; Mayor of Bologna, Mr. Virginio Merola; Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot; Dr. Guido Ottolenghi, president of the Jewish Museum of Bologna, Ms. Adi Akunis, Director of External Relations, Beit Hatfutsot; and Ms. Enia Kupfer, Director, Israel and Europe Desks, Beit Hatfutsot Ph. © Michele Nucci

L-R: Ms. Claudia De Benedetti; Ofer Sachs, Ambassador of Israel to Italy; Mayor of Bologna, Mr. Virginio Merola; Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot; Dr. Guido Ottolenghi, president of the Jewish Museum of Bologna, Ms. Adi Akunis, Director of External Relations, Beit Hatfutsot; and Ms. Enia Kupfer, Director, Israel and Europe Desks, Beit Hatfutsot Ph. © Michele Nucci

 

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Parliament Directors Visit Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/parliaments-directors-visit/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:32:50 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=32207 We were delighted to host a distinguished group of parliament directors from over 30 states, who came to a conference arranged by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. The guests toured through the exhibitions and learnt about the different aspects of Jewish history and heritage. They were guided by Beit Hatfutsot C.E.O., Dan Tadmor, and guides [...]

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We were delighted to host a distinguished group of parliament directors from over 30 states, who came to a conference arranged by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

The guests toured through the exhibitions and learnt about the different aspects of Jewish history and heritage. They were guided by Beit Hatfutsot C.E.O., Dan Tadmor, and guides from the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies.

The group included participants from Romania, Belarus, Brasil, Canada, Cyprus, Czechia, The European Parliament, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Ukraine, and other states.

 

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In Memory of Sam E. Bloch, 1924-2018 https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/sam-e-bloch-founder-beit-hatfutsot-dies-94/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:05:34 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=25594/ Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People mourns the passing of a lifelong friend and leader – Sam E. Bloch Z”L. Sam was one of the founders of the Museum, envisioning a central establishment bridging between Israel and global Jewish communities. Since its inception, Sam Bloch supported the Museum and established the American [...]

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Sam Bloch Z"L

Sam Bloch Z”L

Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People mourns the passing of a lifelong friend and leader – Sam E. Bloch Z”L.

Sam was one of the founders of the Museum, envisioning a central establishment bridging between Israel and global Jewish communities.

Since its inception, Sam Bloch supported the Museum and established the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, of which he served as national Vice President and Chairman for many years.

He was recognized for his continual and tireless efforts on behalf of the Museum and received the Beit Hatfutsot Yakir award in 1989.

Born in 1924 to a scholarly Polish family, Mr. Bloch was educated at Tarbuth Hebrew College in Vilnius, Lithuania, and at Bonn University. He has been active in the World Jewish Congress, the World Jewish Restitution Organization, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Friends of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

He was a recipient of Tel Aviv University honorary fellowship and the Israel Bonds Organization’s Elie Wiesel Remembrance Award.

Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot commented: “Sam’s leadership, vision and devotion to the Museum have been an inspiration. In his unremitting commitment he laid the foundations for the Museum of the Jewish People”.

Read More: Leader of Holocaust survivor community dies at 94

 

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