Friends and Supporters Join in New York to Celebrate Beit Hatfutsot’s 37th Anniversary
Friends and supporters of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish people, recently gathered in New York for the Museum’s annual celebration. Hundreds of guests including young and seasoned leaders, had the pleasure of hearing in detail about two major milestones in the Museum’s renewal project, both set to take place over the next six months.
Irina Nevzlin, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot, said she was “counting the days” until May 2016, when the Museum will inaugurate the new wing, housing both the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall displaying the renowned collection of synagogue models in an interactive environment and the Tamar and Milton Maltz Family Gallery which will showcase an inspiring exhibition about Jewish role models, and real life super heroes. The new wing will also include two galleries for special exhibitions, allowing us to continue offering diverse, cutting-edge content, covering everything from Bob Dylan to Operation Moses.
Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, spoke of the February launch of My Jewish Story, a flagship online platform allowing users an unlimited, no-cost tool for navigating the Museum’s vast databases. “The Next Chapter,” a short film highlighting the future look and feel of the all-new 66,000 sq. ft Museum set to open in 2019 was presented.
Co-Chairs of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Governors Amb. Alfred H. Moses and Maj. General (res.) Eitan Ben Eliahu spoke passionately about the Museum’s critical role for the future of the Jewish people globally.
“Beit Hatfutsot protects our culture, our values and our unity, on a global level” concluded Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York and added “I hold Beit Hatfutsot in a very special place in my heart because my life mission and work has been about engaging in the story about our people. Our narrative is all about optimism, renewal, growth and unity. What keeps us together as a people is our shared story.”
The event’s Honorary Chairs Sofia and Mike Segal honored Penny and Claudio Pincus, for their visionary support for countless Jewish causes across the United States, Latin America and Israel.
Amongst the attendees were also a number the outstanding contemporary Jewish leaders including Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Tzili and Leon Charney, Ruth and Sandor Frankel, Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller, Harvey M. Krueger, Tamar and Ranan Lurie, Joseph Moinian, Cynthia and David Shapira, Diane Troderman, Nina Weiner and Eric Goldstein.
Daniel S. Pincus, President of American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, presented the entertainment highlight of the evening – Jews in Jazz – a musical led by Grammy-nominated twelve year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander, together with his quartet.
In recognition of Ambassador’s Aharoni’s years of service past, present and future and his commitment to the noble mission of Beit Hatfutsot’s to reinforce Jewish identity, to be a hub for all those who are interested in the Jewish people and Israel, Stephen Greenberg, presented the Ambassador with a lithograph of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel by the prominent artist Arthur Szyk. Mr. Szyk, Jew from Poland who escaped the Shoah and after a long journey settled in New Canaan, Connecticut, was a lover of Zion and freedom. The declaration outlines the vision and aspirations of Israel’s .founders for the Jewish homeland and the Jewish People that guide Ambassador Aharoni and Beit Hatfutsot
Summarizing the overall success of this years’ annual event is the following quote from an appreciative participant:
“It was a lively evening, bubbling with enthusiastic young people and energized by adults committed to the mission of the Museum and its future vision. All of the individual talks were gripping, sustaining total audience attention. The overall message communicated was overwhelmingly clear: the values and sentiments contained in Judaism are universal for Jews everywhere in the world and the strong cohesion of these views are beautifully reflected in Beit Hatfutsot.”