ANU – Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv

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ANU – Museum of the Jewish People, formerly the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the center of the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv. ANU – Museum of the Jewish People is a global institution that tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people, intended for people of all faiths. Re-opened to the public on March 10, 2021, it is the world’s only museum dedicated to celebrating and exploring the experiences, accomplishments and spirit of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present. Through its educational programming, the institution works to connect Jewish people to their roots and strengthen their personal and collective Jewish identity. The museum presents a pluralistic narrative of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed as seen through the lens of Jewish history and current experience today.

The $100 million expanded museum, which replaces Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People (“The Diaspora House” or “Beit Hatfutsot”), was designed and built over the past 10 years. It was funded by both the State of Israel, the Nadav Foundation and private philanthropy. As a first step in the renewal process, the museum added a new wing in 2016 with rotating temporary exhibitions, the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall featuring synagogue scale models, and Heroes – Trailblazers of the Jewish People, a children’s interactive exhibition.

Let There Be Laughter: Jewish Humor Around the World exhibition © Graphkin/cc-by-sa-4.0 Synagogue Wing © www.anumuseum.org.il/cc-by-sa-4.0 © www.anumuseum.org.il/cc-by-sa-4.0 Culture and Identity Wing © www.anumuseum.org.il/cc-by-sa-4.0 Foundations Wing © www.anumuseum.org.il/cc-by-sa-4.0 Journeys Wing © www.anumuseum.org.il/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Let There Be Laughter: Jewish Humor Around the World exhibition © Graphkin/cc-by-sa-4.0
The museum’s new name and “its new brand identity adds “ANU” — Hebrew for “we” — to embrace inclusion and reflect the diversity and collective spirit of the Jewish people everywhere” said Museum Board Chair Irina Nevzlin. “It is a privilege to realize the transformation of this institution, which now becomes the largest and most comprehensive Jewish museum in the world. The museum will serve as a beacon of Jewish identity and culture, celebrating our unique history and future.”

In 1959, the World Jewish Congress decided to build a museum that would serve both as an educational and cultural center for world Jewry. The institute in Israel was named in honor of Dr. Nahum Goldmann, founder and president of the World Jewish Congress. Abba Kovner, one of the founders of Beit Hatfutsot, proposed the original concept of the museum’s permanent core exhibition. It was based on a thematic principle, representing Jewish history and continuity, according to six themes, or “gates” that portray central aspects of Jewish life: family, community, faith, culture, existence and return. Among the founders of the museum, Jeshajahu Weinberg served as the museum’s first director from 1978 to 1984 and Dr. Meyer Weisgal was its first President. Beit Hatfutsot opened on May 15, 1978. From the start, it was regarded as one of the most technologically advanced museums of its time. Its exhibitions were based on reconstructions and sets, using modern audiovisual and state-of-the-art computer technology to explore topics and themes throughout the museum. This methodology provided that a museum could be an effective storyteller. Its designers broke with the universally accepted tradition that museums exist first in order to acquire, care for and display objects from the past. Government budget cuts and a decline in Israeli tourism triggered a budget crisis at the museum. A number of public representatives devoted themselves to saving the museum, among them Shlomo Lahat, former mayor of Tel Aviv, and Ariel Sharon, former prime minister. In 2005, the Israeli Knesset passed the “Beit Hatfutsot Law” that defines Beit Hatfutsot as “the National Center for Jewish Communities in Israel and around the world”. A recovery plan was enacted with two partners: the Israeli Government and donor Leonid Nevzlin (NADAV Foundation), with a grant from the Claims Conference.

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