Continuing the legacy of Chich – legendary former Mayor of Tel Aviv
The Israel Friends of Beit Hatfutsot (IFBH) held a moving musical fundraising event recently, led by renowned Israeli composer and performer Nurit Hirsch.
The evening was dedicated to legendary former Mayor of Tel Aviv and Chair of Beit Hatfutsot, Shlomo (Chich) Lahat z”l, who passed away a year ago. In his honor IFBH established a trust and all proceeds from the evening will go towards continuing his legacy of bringing children from peripheral areas to Tel Aviv and specifically to our important Museum.
The evening commenced with a short video celebrating Lahat’s significant involvement and contribution to the Museum. Chich was the first Chairman of Beit Hatfutsot, from the opening in 1978 until his retirement from his position as Mayor of Tel Aviv Yafo in 1993. He then served a second term as Chair from 2005 to 2007.
He never ceased his interest in Beit Hatfutsot’s activities, and when the Museum encountered serious financial challenges, it was Chich who approached Arik Sharon, then Prime Minister, to save Beit Hatfutsot and to ensure its continuing role as The Museum of the Jewish People. He was extremely committed to the Museum and assisted in shaping the renewal program and recruiting potential donors.
“Chich cherished his Jewish heritage and the story of the Jewish people was very important to him,” says Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of IFBH. “This is the reason we have decided to commemorate Chich, by establishing the Foundation which will bring soldiers and young children from the periphery to Beit Hatfutsot”.
Guests of honor were Mrs. Ziva Lahat, and Adv. Dan Lahat who assisted in planning the evening initiated by Reuven Adler (Chair, IFBH) and Irit Admoni Perlman.
Among the attendees were Irina Nevzlin Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot, Dan Tadmor CEO of Beit Hatfutsot, Yuli Edelstein Chair of the Knesset, Ronit and Reuven Adler, Irit Admoni Perlman, Hedva and Gil Sharon (CEO Pelephone), businessman Gad and Talia Zeevi, Tal and Ilan Birenfeld (CEO Deloitte Israel), Hanna Pri Zan (Chair of Peilim Portfolio Management), Businesswoman and Designer Vivian Rakib, Producer Motty Reif and Eviatar Arviv as well as many guests who cherish Chich’s memory and Beit Hatfutsot and wished to express their support.
Irina Nevzlin was very much moved by the special occasion and the initiative “I am so happy and proud about the new Foundation. Chich was a man of vision and his contribution to the city of Tel Aviv and to Beit Hatfutsot is admirable,” said Nevzlin, “thanks to his devotion and enthusiasm we are now in the last stages of the renewal project of the Museum of the Jewish People and we are proud to announce the opening of the first phase in May 2016. For close to 40 years Beit Hatfutsot has attracted hundreds of thousands visitors who came to trace their roots and look for their identity, we must continue the mission. This evening is a symbol of the continuity“.
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photos: Rafi Deluya