Pesach Celebrations Worldwide – Happy Passover!

Dear friends,
The Beit Hatfutsot team wishes the entire Jewish people a Happy Passover!

Pesach is a time of great promise and renewal when we retell a glorious part of the Jewish history and celebrate our freedom. It is also a strong, cohesive force within the Jewish community and culture. Enjoy the pictures of the Pesach celebration worldwide.

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Passover Seder with Jewish Army Personnel from Fort Leavenworth. Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.A. 1909. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot

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Passover celebrations at Kibbutz Hachshara, Vilkaviskis, Lithuania, 1932. Courtesy of Israel Sperling, Israel. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot

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Passover at the Rassek family, Israel 1968. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, courtesy of Moshe Rassek, Israel

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Passover Seder in Delhi, India 1979. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, courtesy of Donna Wosk

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The boy Aaron asking the Four Questions during Seder Pesach, Landsberg DP camp, Germany, 1946. Photo: Zvi Kadushin. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, Zvi Kadushin Collection

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Passover Seder at the Old Age Home of the Jewish Community in Shanghai, China. 1947. From the Beit Hatfutsot Photo Exhibition: “Passage Though China: the Jewish Communities of Harbin, Tientsin and Shanghai”, 1986. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot

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Kindergartten children eating Mazzoth at the ‘Colegio Israelita de Mexico’ school. Mexico City, Mexico 1966. Second from left Chava Berger.
The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. Courtesy of Zlate Berger, Israel

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Passover Seder in Pisa, Italy, c.1927. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. Courtesy of Dr. Meir Padua

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Passover Seder for Sunday School Children, Sidney, Australia 1984. Photo: Debbie Rooz, Australia. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. Courtesy of Debbie Rooz

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Child reads Passover Haggadah at the annual Seder at the Kehiillath Israel religious school, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, 1984. Photo: G.Hilsenrath. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. Courtesy of G. Hilsenrath, U.S.A.

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Jewish soldiers celebrating the Seder in Kushka, Poland, 1910. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot. Courtesy of Dina Tzur

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Illustration from a Passover Haggadah, London, England, 1942. Artist: Ervin Singer. Haya Gallai Collection, Tel Aviv. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot

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Two sisters set the Table for Passover Seder. New York, USA 1950′s. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

11 Photos – Tel Aviv’s 105 Anniversary

Following are 11 beautiful photos of views in Tel Aviv from Beit Hatfutsot photo collections:

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Herbert Sonnenfeld views Tel Aviv from top of the Va’ad HaPoel building, Tel Aviv, 1960′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

בית דוד בן גוריון, תל אביב שנות 1950צילום לני זוננפלד. בית התפוצות, ארכיון התצלומים, אוסף זוננפלד

Home of David and Paula Ben-Gurion. Tel Aviv, 1950′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

משחקים שחמט בבית קפה תל אביב 1950 בקירוב.  צילום לני זוננפלדבית התפוצות ארכיון התצלומים אוסף זוננפלד

Playing Chess in a Café . Tel Aviv, 1950′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

סמטה ביפו העתיקה 1960

The ancient city of Jaffa, 1960. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

רשימת דיירים בבניין משותף תל אביב

Residents list on the wall of a building. Tel Aviv, 1950′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

שעה מוזיקלית בקפה קמניצר 1951

The band at the Kamnitzer Café. Tel Aviv, 1951. Photo: Herbert Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

מראה מפרץ יפו והעיר תל אביב מכיוון יפו תל אביב שנות 1960. צילום לני זוננפלד. בית התפוצות, ארכיון התצלומים, אוסף זוננפלד

Jaffa Bay and Tel Aviv. 1960′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

חסרי דיור על החוף בתל אביב

Homeless “quarter” on the beach. Tel Aviv, 1960′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

התחלת הבניה של אחוזת בית שהפכה אחר כך לעיר תל אביב, ארץ ישראל,1906. תל אביב, מוזיאון ההסטוריה של תל אביב-יפו

Beginning of the construction works in Tel Aviv, 1906. Courtesy of the Museum for the history of Tal Aviv Jaffa.

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Vocational school for girl in Tel Aviv, 1960′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

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Poster of a dancing ball, 1937. Tel Aviv, Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. The Oster Visual Documentation Center at Beit Hatfutsot, the Sonnenfeld collection

Tommy Hilfiger Visited Beit Hatfutsot

טומי הילפיגר בתערוכה בואי כלה. צילום יעקב בריל

Inside the “Here Comes the Bride” exhibition

טומי הילפיגר עם הסטודנטים של שנקר בבית התפוצות. צילום יעקב בריל (4)

With the SHENKAR students

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Hilfiger’s signature in the exhibition’s guests book

Tommy Hilfiger was very impressed with the creative work of the Shenkar students at Beit Hatfutsot’s exhibition “Here Comes the Bride”. He was also happy to meet young and fashionable Tel-Aviv audience to talk about his professional secrets and unmatched life experience.

 

 

Audience is Moved by old Films from Hârlâu, Romania

Frames from the film about Hârlău, Romania donated by the late Clara and Philip Feivish

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תפריטAfter an evening dedicated to Romanian Jewry, which included a selection of films from Beit Hatfutsot collections, and a fascinating lecture about Jewish-Romanian roots and family names, we received the most touching letter from Ruti Solomon from Zichron Ya’acov:
“I was surprised and moved to tears, and I will treasure this evening in my heart for many years to come.

What are the chances that anyone will speak at all, let alone will screen a film, about one god-forsaken town, where my father and his six brothers and a sister were born and raised?

My father, Benjamin Yankovic, the son of Solomon-Lipa and Rivah, was born in 1921 in Hârlău and about his childhood and youth there.”

Dear Ruthi, we are delighted that you have found something personally significant to you. We wish your father and all your wonderful family all the best, and invite you to further exciting discoveries at Beit Hatfutsot.

Dov Seidman’s Lecture, March 26th 2014

Dov Seidman receives the famiy tree made for him by the Jewish Genealogy Center at Beit Hatfutsot, from Irit Admony Perlman

“Our world is being dramatically reshaped. The rules of the past no longer apply. In the 21st century, it’s no longer what you do that matters most but HOW you do it,” – with this strong statement our special guest Mr. Dov Seidman began his fascinating lecture at Beit Hatfutsot.

Named one of the “Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade” by The Economic Times and “the hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit” by Fortune Magazine, Dov Seidman has built a career, and pioneered an industry, around the idea that the most principled businesses are the most profitable and sustainable. He is also an author of the bestseller ‘How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything… in Business (and in Life)’ that recently has been translated to Hebrew.

Here is another thought from this remarkable book:

“If you are trying to bring about a better future, you must every day go someplace you have not been before, to the point of no return. What happens every time you go to the point of no return? You push past your limits and open up new terrains of possibility. Each challenge accepted leads to greater ability when you confront the next.”

Beit Hatefutsot and Tel Aviv’s 105 Anniversary

View of the Jaffa Bay and Tel Aviv, 1960's. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld. (Beit Hatfutsot Photo Archive, Sonnenfeld collection)

View of the Jaffa Bay and Tel Aviv, 1960′s. Photo: Leni Sonnenfeld.
(Beit Hatfutsot Photo Archive, Sonnenfeld collection)

This April will mark the 105th anniversary of the founding of Tel-Aviv, Israel’s first modern city.

From the perspective of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, housed in the heart of Tel Aviv on the city’s University campus, Tel Aviv is in many ways a metaphor for the kind of new narrative that many Jewish institutions are seeking to better engage modern Jewry.

Read the full article by David Chivo, the North America Director of Beit Hatfutsot’s Renewal Campaign

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