Category Archives: The New Museum

Beit Hatfutsot Receives a $10 Million Contribution

The Maltz Family Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, established by Milton Maltz and his wife Tamar, and Ambassador Alfred Moses and his family, have committed a pair of gifts of $5 million each for a combined $10 million to Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People.

The Maltzs are no strangers to founding and building museums. They were involved in the establishment of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, Ohio, and conceptualized and created the International Spy Museum of Washington, D.C.

Alfred Moses, co-chair of the Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot, served as liaison to the Jewish community during President Carter’s Administration, has earmarked a $5 million gift to building the Great Hall of Synagogues at Beit Hatfutsot. The Hall of Synagogues will show three millennia of Jewish life with its many faces to serve as inspiration for a vibrant future Jewish life.

Read the “Jewish Philanthropist’s” report about the donation

Meet Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of BH Board of Directors

Meet Irina Nevzlin Kogan, the elected Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People. She came to the Board in July, 2012 following five years as president of the NADAV Foundation where she was responsible for overall strategic management of the foundation, which focuses on Jewish Peoplehood programs and grants.

Irina Nevzlin Kogan: I had the luxury of having a very positive Continue reading

Orit Shaham Gover – BH Chief Curator


Orit Shaham Gover was appointed chief curator of Beit Hatfutsot two years ago. She is the director of the new core exhibition, slated to open in 2 stages: The Synagogue Hall, scheduled to open in summer 2015  and the new museum in 2017. Orit is well acquainted with the existing core exhibition, ever since the establishment of Beit Hatfutsot in 1978.

Orit held key positions in the young Beit Hatfutsot, and later on in the Palmach museum, the Massada, the Begin museum, the Herzl museum, Acre Prison House, and others. Continue reading

Please meet Dan Tadmor, the CEO of Beit Hatfutsot

דן -תדמור - מנכל בית התפוצות, צילום יעקב בריל

Gary Rosenblatt interviewed Dan Tadmor for “The Jewish Week”:

Dan left a distinguished career in Israeli media — 20 years as an editor and manager at the daily Yedioth Achronot, followed by several years as a television executive — to become the CEO a year ago of Beit Hatfutsot: the Museum of the Jewish People.

“It’s really three jobs in one: raising funds, overseeing the renewal process and making sure that things run smoothly in the current museum day to day. It’s a challenge, but looking back it seems that everything I’ve done in my career until now was leading up this.

Already we are expanding in many ways. For example, our educational program includes more use of computers to learn one’s history, and senior citizens are sharing their life stories. And the very popular gallery of models of synagogues from around the world will grow and include state of the art technology. The new core exhibit will tell the story of the Jewish people as well as address questions relating to the future, and include narrative, identity and participation.”

Read the full interview with Dan Tadmor in The Jewish Week:

Mission Connection – Connecting The Diaspora And Israel


The New Core Exhibition

Beit Hatfutsot – the museum of the Jewish people in Tel Aviv is undergoing a comprehensive renewal program which will culminate with the opening of the Synagogue Hall in 2015 and the  new museum in 2017.  This renewal program reflects essential changes in Jewish and Israeli culture and society, as well as world-wide advances in museum technology. The new museum will present Jewish history from biblical times to the present with an increased emphasis on contemporary Jewish life and modern expressions of Jewish identity.