Beit Hatfutsot

The Museum of the Jewish people

In 2003, the NADAV Foundation responded to the Israeli government’s request to assist Beit Hatfutsot in exiting the rough financial and organizational crisis it was in. This aid enabled Beit Hatfutsot to begin a new era, as the Museum of the Jewish People.

Today, the NADAV Foundation, along with the support of public institutions and private individuals,  is involved in the construction of the new museum and the new core exhibition, with the goal of telling the unique and continuing story of the Jewish people, while enhancing the development of a vibrant relationship between the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

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The new core exhibition, a Leonid Nevzlin initiative, will take visitors on a fascinating journey of discovery and exploration of the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people. The exhibition will help the visitor unravel the enigma of the Jewish people’s wondrous endurance and multifaceted life. It will also serve as an innovative platform for Jews around the world to connect to each other and reflect on their future as a people. The exhibition is marked by three central themes:

  1. The unique and ongoing story of the Jewish People: The narrative: the history of the Jews as a people among peoples; the world of faith, thought and creativity; the building blocks of the Jewish way of life.
  2. Jewish Peoplehood: Identity and culture: the various connections by which Jews from around the world are bonded into people, creating a modern Jewish culture and identity.
  3. This story is yours/you are a part of the story: Participation: an arena in which the voice of the visitor is heard.

In May 2014 its cornerstone laying was celebrated at a festive event  with former president Mr. Shimon Peres as the guest of honor. The ceremony marked the start of phase 1 in the renewal project, which will complete the construction of the new synagogue hall and the new family gallery donated by Ambassador Alfred Moses and Mr. Milton Maltz respectively, and scheduled to be open in the first quarter of 2016. The museum will recognize the mutually enriching strong bonds between Israel and the Diaspora.


This extensive renewal project of Beit Hatfutsot is carried out in cooperation with the Israeli Government and the Claims Conference and the support of the NADAV Foundation.