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:

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International Holocaust Day – Remains from a pipe organ from BH collections displayed at the MIM in Phoenix

The remains of an organ pipe found in 1950 by Hans Hirschberg in the ruins of the Neue Synagoge on Oranienburger Strasse, Berlin, are now on display at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. The entire collection of Hans Hirschberg was generously donated to Beit Hatfutsot by his sister Mrs. Lilli Fliess, in his memory.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM),  opened in 2010, is the largest of its kind in the world and boasts an extensive
collection of musical instruments covering some two hundred countries and territories in the world.

The two remains from the Hans Hirschberg  collection are part of a larger exhibit dedicated to Jewish music in Europe  between 1939-1945. The destruction of the Jewish people in the Holocaust, and in
particular the devastating impact the Holocaust had on Jewish music and musicians in Europe, is emphasized by a number of musical instruments on display in the European gallery of the museum. The instruments that belonged to Jewish musicians persecuted by the Nazis help understand the terrible suffering and the incommensurable loss that befell on them during those tragic times. The small size of the two remains of the synagogue organ, especially when compared with the vast dimensions of what used to be the largest synagogue in Europe, help convey in a symbolic way the magnitude of the catastrophe.

Jewish Music 1939-1945, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).

Jewish Music 1939-1945, Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).
Photograph: MIM



Remains of an organ pipe found in 1950 in the ruins of the

Remains of an organ pipe found in 1950 in the ruins of the
Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue, Berlin. Hans Hirschberg Collection, Beit
Hatfutsot, the Visual Documentation Center
Yaakov Brill



The remains organ pipe in the Oranienburger Strasse  Synagogue on display at  the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Photograph:  MIM

The remains organ pipe in the Oranienburger Strasse
Synagogue on display at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Photograph: MIM



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.

Are you planning a spring wedding?

Designer: Hen Ariel

Designer: Hen Ariel

Are you planning a spring wedding?

Then it is not too late to get inspiration from our current temporary exhibition  “Here Comes the Bride”. Each exquisite wedding gown presented at the exhibition  gives a modern twist to styles and traditions of Moroccan, Spanish, German,  Algerian and many other Jewish communities. Creating those white miracles, the young and talented students of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design had full  access to museum’s collections and archives. And as a result of in-depth  research at Beit Hatfutsot, they all were able to tell a unique fashion story related to their own roots.

So hurry, before this incredible exhibition will commence an international tour.

The  exhibition “Here Comes the Bride” is on display until April 18.