In Memory of Sam E. Bloch, 1924-2018
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”.