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

A Course on Biblical Characters’ Cultural Representations

Erte, Samson and Delilah

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, 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