Laying the Corner for the new Museum of the Jewish People in Beit Hatfutsot- May 29, 2014

The laying of the cornerstone ceremony for the new Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutasot, took place on May 29 2014. This ceremony marked an important stage in the process of the renewal of the museum which is currently undergoing a comprehensive renovation.

Approximately 400 guests from Israel and abroad, among them 100 students and young adults, arrived to mark the historic laying of the cornerstone for the new museum, scheduled to open in 2017.

This evening also marked the completion of the project ‘My Family Story’  which tells the story of over 12.000 students from all over the world,  through an artistic and creative way. This project is part of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies’ activity in Beit Hatfutsot,  and is supported by the generosity of the Grosskopf family from Argentina.

Grosskopf Family

The evening was also an opportunity to pay tribute to the guest of honor, then His Excellency President Shimon Peres, to mark his seven years of tenure and for his lifelong efforts and commitment in service of the Jewish People. Mr. Peres laid the cornerstone to the new museum in his speech: “the museum of the Jewish people connects between Jews around the world and allows us to gather and celebrate our joint history and culture. I am very proud to support this iconic institute and its future.”

הנשיא פרס ואל מוזס עם עץ השורשים. צילום אביב חופי

Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of the Board of Directors of Beit Hatfutsot, said: “Throughout his life President Peres has dedicated himself to the entire Jewish People. His remarkable story makes him the natural choice to lay the cornerstone for the new Museum, which will inspire and connect the Jewish People in Israel and around the world.”