The Annual Gala Dinner for Beit Hatfutsot in New York 2011
New York, December 2, 2011 – Nearly 500 guests from around New York City and the world gathered at a gala fundraising dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan to support the creation of the ‘Museum of the Jewish People’ at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. The gala was co-chaired by Eugene A. Ludwig and Leonid Nevzlin, Chairman of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People.
“It has been a long journey since the NADAV Foundation first connected to Beit Hatfutsot eight years ago, and a lot has changed,” said Leonid Nevzlin. “We set four goals for ourselves: to create a state-of-the-art and modern exhibition; to define and reach our target audience; to promote the Beit Hatfutsot brand; and to raise the money needed to achieve these goals. We have made exceptional progress and are now witnessing the re-birth of Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv as a must-see destination for everyone, and kind of home for Jews from Israel and around the world.” Among the participants at the event were: Irina Nevzlin Kogan, President of the NADAV Foundation, which supports Beit Hatfutsot; world-renown architect Patrick Gallagher, who was chosen to design the new Museum of the Jewish People. His notable projects include the National Museum of American Jewish History, which recently opened in Philadelphia, the Shanghai Natural History Museum, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum; Ambassador Alfred Moses, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, who received an award on behalf of Beit Hatfutsot yesterday at the event; Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice President of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations; and MK Lea Naff, Deputy Minister in the Israeli government. “This evening symbolizes a new chapter in the history of Beit Hatfutsot. For over 30 years, Beit Hatfutsot was a center for hundreds of thousands of Jews to connect to their Jewish identity and to learn more about Jewish communities around the world,” said CEO of Beit Hatfutsot Avinoam Armoni. “I’m elated by the fact that this new museum tells the ongoing, remarkable story of the Jewish people both in Israel and abroad using the most cutting edge methods, and will be a source of inspiration for Jewish educators. This new museum will transform how the story of the Jewish people is told.”