News | Events | Visits – Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il Museum of the Jewish People Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:11:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 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 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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UN Secretary General Mr. António Guterres Speech at Beit Hatfutsot https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/unitednations-secretary-general-mr-antonio-guterres-speech-beit-hatfutsot/ Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:23:28 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=23093/ UN Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres  delivered the closing Speech of his special visit to Israel at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. Watch: Mr. Guterres was welcomed by Beit Hatfutsot’s board of directors chairwoman, Irina Nevzlin, CEO of the Museum of the Jewish People, Dan Tadmor, co-chair of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Governors, Major-General (Ret.) [...]

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UN Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres  delivered the closing Speech of his special visit to Israel at Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. Watch:

Mr. Guterres was welcomed by Beit Hatfutsot’s board of directors chairwoman, Irina Nevzlin, CEO of the Museum of the Jewish People, Dan Tadmor, co-chair of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Governors, Major-General (Ret.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu, and accompanied by Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Danny Danon.

Mrs. Nevzlin greeted our Honorable guest in her opening address to the Distinguished invitees:

“Mr. Guterres, we welcome you today as a kindred spirit, a partner and a friend. Your long life of service to your country and to the world has been based on values that define your character: Deep compassion for humanity A pluralistic belief that all people deserve the chance to fulfill their potential regardless of their race, nation, faith, color or gender and an eternal hope that progress can and will be achieved if we have the courage to make it happen.

Irina Nevzlin, Antonio Guterres and Danny Danon at Beit-Hatfutsot (photo: Aviv Hofi)

Secretary Guterres began his speech by condemning anti-Semitism and the fact that “so many communities where Jews once lived and survived for so many centuries no longer exist because of countless waves of persecution and genocide”.

The secretary general said that he is ashamed that his own country, Portugal, “is marred by this history. When I became prime minister of Portugal in 1995, I felt it was my duty to demonstrate my country’s remorse for the Portuguese inquisition and centuries of merciless attacks against Jews. In 1996 our parliament revoked the expulsion edict. This was an admittedly symbolic act, but the spirit of repentance was genuine”.

UN Secretary General, Mr. António Guterres (Photo: Aviv Hofi)

While condemning anti-Semitism in general, Secretary General Guterres condemned “any call for the destruction of Israel” as a form of the same. Israel, he said, is a “member state of the United Nations and bears all the responsibilities and enjoys all the rights of all member states, and therefore must be treated as such”.

“I am honored to speak to you today after visiting the Museum of the Jewish People. This Museum tells a story stretching over millennia and reaching all corners of the world. The remarkable rich mosaic is a Jewish legacy, but it is also an important part of the collective heritage of humanity, a showcase of its highest summit and its lowest depth. I was deeply moved by the eloquent testimony relayed by the Museum regarding the history of Portuguese Jews, their predicament and their success around the world”.

A special gift from Beit Hatfutsot

Sec. Guterres was given a memoir special present from the Museum of the Jewish people – A book  capturing the historic life of the Jewish community in Portugal.

Book editor: Haim Ghiuzeli, director of the Databases Department | Graphic design: Neta Harel, director of Graphic Design

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Children with Special Needs Visit Beit Hatfutsot Thanks to a Kind Donation https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/children-special-needs-visit-beit-hatfutsot-thanks-kind-donation/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:42:36 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=22589/ 1000 children with special needs have already visited Beit Hatfutot thanks to the generation donation by the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc, of Long Island, New York. This kind support, organized by the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, enables the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood  to host the children in a fascinating seminar [...]

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1000 children with special needs have already visited Beit Hatfutot thanks to the generation donation by the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc, of Long Island, New York.

This kind support, organized by the Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, enables the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood  to host the children in a fascinating seminar on issues such as Jewish identity and self esteem. The specially-designed program serves young people aged 6-21 with a tailor-made tour, lunch and an integrated educational programming workshop. Groups have the opportunity to tour the newest wing of the Museum of the Jewish People, opened in May 2016, which was designed from the outset as a standard-setter in terms of accessibility and inclusion.

So far in 2017, the Gvanim school from Modiin, the Beit Eckstein school from Gan Shmuel, and the Horev school from south Tel Aviv have all benefited from this pilot scheme, with the Museum working to bring additional groups from all corners of the country by the end of the year.

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Perry Farag – Discovering the Story Behind the Story https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/perry-farag-discovering-story-behind-story/ Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:50:19 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=22588/ You are Part of the Story is the central concept and one of the principle tenets of Beit Hatfutsot. This was also the raison d’etre behind the fundraising event recently held by The Israel Friends of the Museum (IFBH). Over 200 friends, including leading Israeli businessmen, attended a special screening of the documentary film “Photo Farag” [...]

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You are Part of the Story is the central concept and one of the principle tenets of Beit Hatfutsot.

This was also the raison d’etre behind the fundraising event recently held by The Israel Friends of the Museum (IFBH).

Over 200 friends, including leading Israeli businessmen, attended a special screening of the documentary film “Photo Farag” that tells the story of the renowned Israeli family Farag. Perry Farag, the guest of honor, is the legendary founder of the iconic Israeli photography agency.

The program included a reception, a visit to the photo exhibition “Capturing History, the Photography of Chim” and a Q&A session with director Kobi Farag.  Kobi is a next generation member of the family, who together with his cousin, filmmaker Roy, explored the family’s history. By researching private archives and holding periodic interviews, they revealed their family story of ten brothers and sisters who emigrated from Baghdad, Iraq in the 1950’s, and climbed the ladder of success establishing a leading photography business. An important exploration of Israeli social history and packed with fascinating interviews and archival materials, Photo Farag explores the often destructive forces of a family determined to leave its mark on society.

Hanna Pri-Zan, Chair of The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot said, “Photo Farag accurately corresponds with the central focuses of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. It is events like this which help sponsor and bring children to the Museum to discover their own story”.

Proceeds from event will go towards bringing children and youth from Israel’s geographical and social periphery for a meaningful comprehensive visit at Beit Hatfutsot.This became redundant after you added the comment to Hanna Pri-zan’s quote.

 

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The French Ambassador Visit https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/french-ambassador-visit/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:24:45 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=22799/ Dan Tadmor the CEO of  Beit Hatfutsot hosted the French Ambassador in Israel, Helene La Gal, together with Barbara Wolffer, Director of the French Institute in Israel when they visited the New Wing of the Museum. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and the French Embassy have a long history of fruitful [...]

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Dan Tadmor the CEO of  Beit Hatfutsot hosted the French Ambassador in Israel, Helene La Gal, together with Barbara Wolffer, Director of the French Institute in Israel when they visited the New Wing of the Museum.

The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and the French Embassy have a long history of fruitful cooperation on various events and exhibitions. Ambassador La Gal who has been in her post for less than a year expressed her strong desire to continue this tradition of joint successful events as did Barbara Wolffer the Director French Institute in Israel.

Their visit also included the recently opened exhibition “Capturing History: The Photography of Chim” as well as the current exhibitions in the New Wing. The Ambassador expressed her great admiration for the work of the Museum and looked forward to cooperating with Beit Hatfutsot during her time in Israel.

Their visit was initiated by Etti Propper, a Board Member of the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot.

left to right: Barbara Wolffer, Director French Institute in Israel; Dan Tadmor, CEO Beit Hatfutsot; Helen La Gal, Ambassador of France to Israel; Adi Akunis, Director of the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; Etti Propper, Board Member of the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Director European Desk

left to right: Barbara Wolffer, Director French Institute in Israel; Dan Tadmor, CEO Beit Hatfutsot; Helen La Gal, Ambassador of France to Israel; Adi Akunis, Director of the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; Etti Propper, Board Member of the Israeli Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; Enia Zeevi Kupfer, Director European Desk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New reviews about the exhibition “Capturing History: The Photography of Chim” https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/new-reviews-exhibition-capturing-history-photography-chim/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:12:44 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=22408/ ‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim’ Review: The Past Made Personal / by William Meyers, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017 ‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim” is part of Magnum Photo’s 70th-anniversary celebration. In 1947, David “Chim” Seymour, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger founded the cooperative agency; great photojournalists, they wanted independence [...]

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Woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting. Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain, April-May 1936. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Woman nursing a baby at a land reform meeting. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim’ Review: The Past Made Personal / by William Meyers, The Wall Street Journal, July 17, 2017

‘Capturing History: The Photography of Chim” is part of Magnum Photo’s 70th-anniversary celebration. In 1947, David “Chim” Seymour, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger founded the cooperative agency; great photojournalists, they wanted independence to pursue only the projects that truly interested them. In an era when most people depended on newspaper and magazine illustrations for a sense of what personalities and events looked like, Magnum produced many of the most memorable images.

Like Capa, Seymour (1911-1956) came to international prominence with his pictures from the Spanish Civil War. Capa’s “The Falling Soldier” (1936) established his reputation as a combat photographer. Similarly, Chim’s “Woman Nursing a Baby at a Land Reform Meeting Near Badajoz” (1936) was widely circulated; the woman, seen from above, is straining to understand what is being said and its relevance to the baby at her breast. Chim’s sympathy for her and her struggling apprehension informs the image; as always in his work, it is the face you remember… READ FULL REVIEW (PDF)

 

Tereszka, who group in a concertation camp draw a picture of "home". The picture was taken in a residence for disturbed children Poland, 1948. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Tereszka, who grew up in a concertation camp draw a picture of “home”. The picture was taken in a residence for disturbed children. Poland, 1948. © David Seymour (CHIM) Estate/Magnum

Unraveling a 70-Year-Old Photographic Mystery / by Carole Naggar, TIME Magazine

An extraordinary picture taken in 1948 by David ‘Chim’ Seymour, one of Magnum Photos’ co-founders, has since been seen by millions: first, it was published in LIFE magazine where the caption read in part “Children’s wounds are not all outward. Those made in the mind by years of sorrow will take years to heal.” Then it was selected by Edward Steichen for his legendary exhibition The Family of Man. This image of Tereska drawing her home has fascinated many and has become emblematic of World War II… READ FULL REVIEW

 

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A Visit From Djerba https://www.bh.org.il/news-and-events/a-visit-from-djerba/ Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:02:40 +0000 https://www.bh.org.il/?p=22266/ Last week we were honored to host three teachers from the “Torah VeChinuch” Jewish school in the island of Djerba, Tunisia. Visits from Tunisia are quite scarce, especially since 2012, when the relationship between Israel and Tunisia deteriorated following the events of the “Arab Spring” in several countries. Sarit Hadad, Anael Hadad and Batia Ahuh [...]

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Last week we were honored to host three teachers from the “Torah VeChinuch” Jewish school in the island of Djerba, Tunisia.

Visits from Tunisia are quite scarce, especially since 2012, when the relationship between Israel and Tunisia deteriorated following the events of the “Arab Spring” in several countries.

Sarit Hadad, Anael Hadad and Batia Ahuh are teachers in “Torah VeChinuch”, the only Jewish school in Djerba, in which a thousand Jews are living in one large Jewish quarter. All three went to this school as children. They came to visit Israel and Beit Hatfutsot due to the efforts of Miriam Kedoshim from Efrat (originally from Djerba).

The guests were hosted by staff members of The Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood at Beit Hatfutsot. They visited the exhibitions and were presented with a variety of educational programs held in Beit Hatfutsot.

Sarit Hadad, Anael Hadad and Batia Ahuh visit Beit Hatfutsot, July 2017

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