News | Events | Visits – Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il Museum of the Jewish People Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:36:00 +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 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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A Celebration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th Anniversary https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/celebration-israels-70th-anniversary-beit-hatfutsots-40th-anniversary/ Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:41:19 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=25453/ Friends of Israel and Beit Hatfutsot gathered on January 9, 2018 for a memorable event launching the celebration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th Anniversary. The evening was held in conjunction with Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann, Beit Hatfutsot, the Mossad and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s landmark exhibition on [...]

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Friends of Israel and Beit Hatfutsot gathered on January 9, 2018 for a memorable event launching the celebration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th Anniversary. The evening was held in conjunction with Operation Finale: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann, Beit Hatfutsot, the Mossad and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s landmark exhibition on display for its last week at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Senator Joseph Lieberman, Honorary Chair of Beit Hatfutsot’s International Board of Governors, welcomed the guests. He stressed the significance of the evening and the importance of  Beit Hatfutsot in demonstrating An Age-Old Story in Constant Renewal, the theme of the evening. He cited an adage from his late mother who said that one should always find an opportunity to celebrate and added that the evening was indeed a double simcha–ushering in the 70th anniversary of the modern State of Israel and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th. “I am grateful to be alive in the greatest time in Jewish history with the reestablishment of the State of Israel in the Land of Israel and for the blessings we have as Jews in our time. “It was on Israel’s 30th anniversary that Beit Hatfutsot opened as the Museum of the Jewish  Diaspora as the venue in  Israel where Jewish life abroad was displayed. Beit Hatfutsot is a singularly important institution for all those who love and are interested in the Jewish people, Judaism, Jewish history and the role Jews have played for millennia, and continue to play in the world. My commitment to Beit Hatfutsot emanates from the fact that every person, regardless of their degree of religious observance, finds their place in the timeline of history as it is presented in this great enterprise.”

Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York, highlighted his connection to Beit Hatfutsot where his daughter celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. He hopes that his grandchildren’s smachot will be held at the New Museum of the Jewish People.

Ambassador Dayan stated that the founding of the independent sovereign State of Israel is a monumental chapter in history. “It was established because we remembered that we have a common history, a common present and a common future. Beit Hatfutsot is a connector between Israel and the Jewish People. It encapsulates the need to guarantee the existence and well-being of Israel as well as guarantee the continuity of the Jewish people wherever they reside. There is no future for the Jewish people without Israel and no raison d’etre for Israel without the Jewish people.”

Efraim Halevy, the keynote speaker, the 9th Director of the Mossad and the 4th National Security Advisor of the State of Israel, spoke about Statesmanship at the Crossroads of Existential Dilemmas. He addressed the behind-the-scene considerations that led to the capture of Adolf Eichmann and to bringing him to justice in Israel.  Mr. Halevy revealed, for the  first time, publicly, how  that decision  affected Israel’s long-lasting relations with key foreign  countries,  the Cold  War,  the strategic parameters in the Middle East as well as its current implications. In his remarks, he stressed the indelible link between Israel and the diaspora, and that neither Israel and the Jews of the world can flourish without the continued existence of the Gordian knot binding them. Over his career so many outstanding accomplishments in Jewish-Israeli strategy were achieved through the efforts of Israel in tandem with the Jewish People.  “Israel has freed us from the Galut syndrome. You are the diaspora and every Jew wherever he or she is, has a virtual single share in Israel.” He added: “That is why Beit Hatfutsot represents worldwide Jewish unity and that is why it is not only the Museum of the Jewish People, but also the museum of every Israeli Jew, and it speaks to each and every one of us. We must never forget this primary aspect of our historic bond-we are and shall remain inseparable.” Statesmanship at the Crossroad of Existential Dilemmas: Remarks by Efraim Halevy

Ambassador Alfred Moses, co-chair of our International Board of Governors, reiterated what Efraim Halevy stated that “Beit Hatfutsot is the institutional embodiment of the history of the Jewish People.” He added that we are all the Jewish People whether we reside in Israel, the United States or elsewhere around the world. We come together at Beit Hatfutsot to celebrate our history and to look to our future.” In introducing Irina Nevzlin, he stressed that no one deserves more praise for what Beit Hatfutsot is today and what it will be in the future than Irina. Considered today as one of the leading personalities in Jewish life around the world, and under her glorious leadership, she is spearheading the rebirth of our enterprise.

Irina Nevzlin, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Directors said: “The mission of our enterprise is to uncover hidden Jewish stories around the globe and give the Jewish people reasons to be proud of their many successes. We want our younger generations to be inspired by their heritage. As such we aim to educate all Jewish people about their roots and help them realize what an amazing family they belong to.”  She announced the creation of the Tisch Center for Jewish Dialogue, which will allow Beit Hatfutsot to serve as a platform and voice on issues of unity and mutual understanding. She indicated that Beit Hatfutsot was only $6 million away from reaching its $100 million goal to make the New Museum of the Jewish People a reality and invited all the guests to its opening at the end of 2019.

Daniel Pincus, President of the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot brought the audience to to the venue as he introduced a moving video that paid tribute and chronicled the dismantling of the current core exhibition as the museum begins work on Phase Two of its renewal project. This exhibition served Beit Hatfutsot magnificently for almost 40 years providing such meaningful and cherished experiences for millions of people.  He added “Now the countdown has begun: in less than two years the new Core Exhibition of the Museum of the Jewish People, will be unveiled.

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chair of the Conference of President of Major Jewish Organizations and past president of the American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, paid tribute to Harvey M. Krueger and Irwin Hochberg, two legendary leaders, pillars of the community, whose recent passing is an enormous loss for the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Beit Hatfutsot. With their pioneering spirit, unwavering support and trust in our people’s future, Irwin and Harvey will continue to guide the many people who were fortunate to be in their orbit. Their legacies will remain forever.

Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, introduced a riveting video tribute to Leonard Cohen:  “Creativity is a significant component of Jewish identify. That is why at the Museum of the Jewish People we always have exhibitions and displays depicting Jewish creation and great Jewish artists.” The installation centers on footage of a young Leonard Cohen, still an unknown poet in 1965 and is interwoven with Israeli artists listening to his final track You Want it Darker in which he quotes the Kaddish and culminates with the chorus Hineni, Hineni.  Leonard Cohen passed away three weeks after he recorded the song. Dan invited the audience to see the tribute to Leonard Cohen currently on display at Beit Hatfutsot.

The evening concluded with a musical performance by Tamar Eisenman, singer, songwriter and musician, one of Israel’s new unique voices and an original composition by Bodi, Sam Bodenheimer, founder of Spices/Bsamim Music Group, ending with a rousing rendition of Hatikvah.

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The Annual Gala Dinner in New York – January 2018 https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/annual-gala-dinner-new-york-january-2018/ Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:23:05 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=25312/ The annual gala dinner, launching the celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th anniversary, was held on January 9, 2018 in New York, with distinguished guests such as Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Honorary Chairman, Irina Nevzlin, Chair, Board of Directors, Ambassador Alfred H. Moses | Major General Eitan Ben Eliahu, Co-Chairs, International Board of Governors, Daniel S. Pincus, President, American Friends of Beit [...]

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The annual gala dinner, launching the celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary and Beit Hatfutsot’s 40th anniversary, was held on January 9, 2018 in New York, with distinguished guests such as Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Honorary Chairman, Irina Nevzlin, Chair, Board of Directors, Ambassador Alfred H. Moses | Major General Eitan Ben Eliahu, Co-Chairs, International Board of Governors, Daniel S. Pincus, President, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, and many others. CLICK HERE for more information about the Gala Dinner

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Reception in Honor of Beit Hatfutsot in Vienna https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/reception-honor-beit-hatfutsot-vienna/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:41:01 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=24850/ Ambassador of Israel in Austria, Ms. Talya Lador-Fresher, hosted a festive reception and Hanukah candles lighting at her home with respected members of the Jewish community in Vienna, marking the 40th anniversary of Beit Hatfutsot. Ambassador Lador-Fresher pointed out the importance of Beit Hatfutsot, the unique museum telling the ongoing story of the Jewish people, emphasizing the [...]

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Ambassador of Israel in Austria, Ms. Talya Lador-Fresher, hosted a festive reception and Hanukah candles lighting at her home with respected members of the Jewish community in Vienna, marking the 40th anniversary of Beit Hatfutsot.

Ambassador Lador-Fresher pointed out the importance of Beit Hatfutsot, the unique museum telling the ongoing story of the Jewish people, emphasizing the cultural richness and the diversity of different movements.

Mr. Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, Ms. Adi Akunis, director of the Friends Association, Ms. Enia Kupfer Zeevi, director of the Israel and Europe Desks, Ms. Hannah Pri Zan, chair of the Friends Association, and Dr. Joanna Nittenberg, director of the Vienna Friends, and more distinguished guests attended the reception.

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Knesset Celebrates World Jewry with Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/knesset-celebrates-world-jewry-with-beit-hatfutsot/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:10:34 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=24735/ The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs initiated a national day to mark and promote the relationship between Israel and global Jewish communities. Beit Hatfutsot, a leading educational and cultural institution, was invited to address members of the Knesset and present a display featuring projects from “The Jewish Lens”, one of the Museum’s leading international programs. Dozens [...]

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The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs initiated a national day to mark and promote the relationship between Israel and global Jewish communities. Beit Hatfutsot, a leading educational and cultural institution, was invited to address members of the Knesset and present a display featuring projects from “The Jewish Lens”, one of the Museum’s leading international programs.

Dozens of guests and invitees were enamored with the innovative presentation and were familiarized with Beit Hatfutsot’s concepts for meaningful Jewish engagement. Two parliamentary committees were convened in order to review existing initiatives for strengthening close relationships with global communities, while exploring new ideas for additional future collaborations.

Beit Hatfutsot display at the Knesset. L-R: MK Dr. Avraham Neguise, Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot

The Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee held a session, where MK Dr. Nachman Shai (Zionist Union Party), Chairman of the Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People, emphasized the significant role and responsibility of the Israeli government in strengthening the ties of Israel to world Jewry.

MK Dr. Avraham Neguise (Likud) expressed his appreciation for Beit Hatfutsot’s exhibitions and programs stating “when one walks into the Museum and sees that all communities are represented, one feels an instant connection. That is what we ALL want”.

Knesset education committee’s session in action

Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, elaborated on the recently announced “Ann and Andrew Tisch Center for Jewish Dialogue”, to be based on the premises of the Museum of the Jewish People: “This global initiative will serve as a leading platform to discuss and promote Jewish Peoplehood”. He continued, “We welcome new partners to join hands with us. With our combined experience and expertise, we can better achieve mutual goals for the benefit the Jewish People.”

Racheli Kaplan, Director of Community Partnerships at Beit Hatfutsot, commented, “Beit Hatfutsot was designated by the Knesset as the “National Center for Global Jewish Communities”, developing ongoing community programs and proactively reaching out to organizations and institutions.  The communities are welcomed to the Museum, and encouraged to share in Beit Hatfutsot’s expertise and resources, resulting in the development of meaningful partnerships.

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A Special Visit to Beit Hatfutsot by Mr. Tony Blair https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/a-special-visit-to-beit-hatfutsot-by-mr-tony-blair/ Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:39:40 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=24672/ We were proud and delighted to have the former Prime Minister of Britain, special envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East and founding chair of The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Mr. Tony Blair, for a short visit at Beit Hatfutsot on Friday, December 8. Mr. Blair was hosted by Ms. Irina Nevzlin, chair of Beit Hatfutsot [...]

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We were proud and delighted to have the former Prime Minister of Britain, special envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East and founding chair of The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Mr. Tony Blair, for a short visit at Beit Hatfutsot on Friday, December 8.

Mr. Blair was hosted by Ms. Irina Nevzlin, chair of Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors and president of the Nadav Foundation, and Mr. Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot. They guided him through the new wing, and thanked him deeply for his dedication to Israel and the Middle East.

Tony Blair visited the exhibition Forever Young – Bob Dylan at 75; and toured the Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People gallery, which displays among the heroes Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister of Britain at the end of the 19th century; Mr. Blair was moved in particular by the Synagogues Hall and impressed by the original Menorah which survived the bombing of the great synagogue in Warsaw, during World War II.

At the end of his visit, Mr. Tony Blair wished Jews around the world a happy Hanukah, and noted that he is pleased to visit the Museum of the Jewish People which celebrates Jewish spirit and culture.

(photos: Aviv Hofi)

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Karl Katz Z”L, 1929-2017 https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/karl-katz-zl-1929-2017/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:20:38 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=24190/ Karl Katz, who was one of Beit Hatfutsot planners, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 88. We mourn the bright man, who left his mark in the Museum of the Jewish People, as well as on many other Jewish museums and institutes. May he rest in peace. Read the New York Times obituary     [...]

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Karl Katz, who was one of Beit Hatfutsot planners, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 88.

We mourn the bright man, who left his mark in the Museum of the Jewish People, as well as on many other Jewish museums and institutes.

May he rest in peace.

Read the New York Times obituary

 

Karl Katz and Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis at the opening of Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 1978. Beit Hatfutsot, the Oster Visual Documentation Center

Karl Katz and Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis at the opening of Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv, Israel, May 1978. Beit Hatfutsot, the Oster Visual Documentation Center

 

 

 

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