Erte, Samson and Delilah
If you could talk to any biblical figure, who would you choose? And what would you say?
This imaginary dialogue with our ancestors is evolving not only in the Jewish culture, but wherever the Bible was read and taught. The archetypal power of the biblical characters is enormous, and still extremely vivid and even popular in the modern world. Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People continues its series of lectures for all those interested in finding out more about biblical characters and their place in the world culture. For example, this week Professor Shimon Levi spoke about biblical personalities in Israeli and world theatre, and in two weeks you are welcome to attend the lecture by Professor Uri Rubin about Moses and the Jewish people in Koran.
Read course’s full program here
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.
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A Street in Havana. Photo: Benny Levin
We were glad to welcome hundreds of our old and new friends at the festive opening of “An Island within an Island”. People mingled and laughed, had mojitos, cameras flashed, – all set to the beautiful sounds of authentic Cuban mambo, salsa and conga. The Beit Hatfutsot’s guests had attended a first look at the surprising and colorful exhibition telling the exciting story of the Jewish community in Cuba.
The exhibition “An Island within an Island” is opens to the public until July, so make sure you drop by to take in these amazing photos as a strong testament to the fact that the Jewish people is the most diverse people in the world.
Benny Levin, Yossi Beinart
Exhibition photographers Benny Levin, Amir Halevi, Eliezer Yaari, Yitzhak Goren, Yossi Beinart
The Bilongo Band
Dan Tadmor, Gad Zeevi
Enia Kupfer, Shaul Ravid
Eti & Gad Proper
Yossi Beinart, Eli Atias
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:
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