U.S. Philanthropists Donate Combined $10 Million To Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv

Great Hall of Synagogues

Great Hall of Synagogues

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, in Tel Aviv.

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.

According to Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot, “These two significant gifts, which were pledged within weeks of each other, are important milestones in making the museum one of the key builders of the Jewish future. The museum will tell and chart the narrative of our people as a whole, preserve many individual stories, and serve as a platform for Jews worldwide to connect to one another. These gifts will further the mission of Beit Hatfutsot both as a museum and as a global center and will augment its various components: the museum’s core exhibition and special exhibits; its vast database; the international School of Jewish Peoplehood Studies; the genealogy center; and the Jewish web portal.”

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  1. says

    I have long loathed the original core exhibit of Beit Hatefutsot, which a wise friend once quipped was “the Mausoleum of the Jewish Diaspora.” Abba Kovner’s original vision enshrined — a word chosen with care — a simpleminded Zionism. It was riddled with misleading or downright incorrect information, from the fallacious dating of the beginnings of the Jewish diaspora to the destruction of the Second Temple at the entrance to the scandalous misuse, at the exit from the exhibit, of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav’s statement that no matter where he was going, he was going to Eretz Yisrael. (He meant it didn’t matter where on the map he was; Eretz Yisrael is a concept and not a place to be drawn to.)
    In recent years, the conscientious staff has been working to rethink the institution and re-purpose it. These gifts will enable them to put their ideas to the test of public criticism. I sincerely look forward to seeing what they produce.