Irina Nevzlin Kogan appointed chair of Beit Hatfutsot- The Museum of the Jewish People- July 31, 2012

We sincerely congratulate the president of the NADAV Foundation Irina Nevzlin Kogan, who was unanimously elected active chairwoman of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Directors.

Dear friend, good luck with the new beginning!


Following a unanimous vote, Irina Nevzlin Kogan will replace Jacob Perry, former head of the Israel Security Agency (ISA), who chaired the Board for three years. As active Chair, Nevzlin Kogan will be responsible for the planning of the museum, content development, outreach to Diaspora Jewry and any other additional activities related to the creation of the new Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.

The new Museum of the Jewish People will be the first of its kind in the world. The 16,000 square meter cultural center will house a new core exhibition of 4,200 square meters, spread out over three floors in Beit Hatfutsot’s Nahum Goldmann building on the Tel Aviv University campus. The new museum will be the final piece of a comprehensive renewal undertaken by Beit Hatfutsot in recent years with the support of the Israeli government, the NADAV Foundation, and partners around the world.

“I want to congratulate Irina on her new position. She has all the attributes needed to fulfill this very important role and a passion for Beit Hatuftsot’s mission that guarantee her success” said departing Chair Jacob Perry. “Over the past few years, Irina was very involved in formulating the plans for the new museum. She has the knowledge, experience and natural capacity to lead this board and institution.”

President of the NADAV Foundation for the past five years, Irina Nevzlin Kogan has been responsible for the strategic management of the Foundation, developing and nurturing relationships between Jewish organizations and institutions around the world, and leading a variety of projects on Jewish peoplehood, Jewish culture and Jewish identity. In addition, Nevzlin Kogan served as the Founding Chairman of the Israeli Center for Better Childhood (ICBC), Vice Chairman of the Governing Board of Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and a member of the Prime Minister’s Round Table, a forum that finds ways to collaborate between the private and the non-profit sector in order to influence positive change in social policy in Israel.

“I am honored by the Board’s confidence and humbled by the importance of our shared work.” said Nevzlin Kogan. “Beit Hatfutsot should be a place of discovery and connection for Jews from around the world. It should be a shining light for the Jewish people. I look forward to completing the work that has already begun on the new Museum of the Jewish People. ” She added, “For me, this is a fulfillment of my family’s vision that started eight years ago when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked my father, Leonid Nevzlin, to save Beit Hatfutsot. I am excited to have the opportunity to ensure we create an institution that will be treasured for generations to come.”