Taube Philanthropies Makes $5 Million Gift to Beit Hatfutsot
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Taube Philanthropies Makes $5 Million Gift to Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People
Pivotal grant enables the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot to begin final phase of $100 million overhaul
A $5 million gift from Taube Philanthropies will pave the way for a new gateway to The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. The Taube Family Memorial Entrance and Tad and Dianne Taube Lobby will welcome visitors to the museum as they explore new exhibits featuring the past, present and future of the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world. The Taube Family Memorial Entrance honors philanthropist Tad Taube’s sister, Nita Hirsch, and his parents, Zyg and Lola Taube.
The Memorial Entrance to the museum, which stands in the heart of the Tel Aviv University campus, will serve as a gathering place for visitors and students alike, and a 10,800-square-foot lobby will set the tone for the museum through visual displays that prepare visitors for the exhibits within. Thanks to the grant, the museum will be able to start renovations this fall, culminating with the opening of a new core exhibition in 2019.
The new entrance and lobby are being designed by Daniel Mintz, who was awarded the 2012 Rechter Prize honoring Israeli architecture for the design of the International Seminars Wing of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.
Beit Hatfutsot serves as a global center for world Jewry, presenting a modern, inclusive and inspiring approach to Jewish life, focusing on the contributions and successes of the Jewish people. The Museum opened a new wing in 2016, which has already been visited by upwards of 200,000 visitors.
The new wing permanently houses both the Alfred H. Moses & Family Synagogue Hall and the Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Children’s Gallery, as well as two galleries for temporary exhibitions, currently showing “Operation Moses: 30 Years After,” an exploration of the immigration and absorption of the Ethiopian-Israeli community into Israel, and “Forever Young,” a celebration of the life, times and Jewish impact of Bob Dylan, in honor of Dylan’s 75th birthday.
“The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot serves to underscore that irrespective of where we live, the Jewish people are connected through our customs, traditions and beliefs,” said Tad Taube, chairman of Taube Philanthropies. “We are honored to become part of the vision to transform one of the oldest museums in Israel into a 21st century landmark that celebrates Jewish peoplehood around the world.” Added Irina Nevzlin, chair of the board of directors of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, “The Museum of the Jewish People is more than just a museum. It’s a symbol and a home for telling the Jewish story and connecting the global Jewish family in a way that’s inclusive and meaningful.”
The new Taube Family Memorial Entrance and Tad and Dianne Taube Lobby at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot are expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
In the Jewish press: ejewishphilanthropy article