U.S. Jewish Philanthropists Donate $10m to Tel Aviv's Diaspora Museum

Two $5m donations will go to establishment of a 'Great Hall of Synagogues' in Beit Hatfutsot, featuring three millenia of Jewish life.

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Two prominent U.S. philanthropists donated $10 million for the establishment of a "Great Hall of Synagogues" at Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People, located on the Tel Aviv University campus.

The Hall, which will feature the diverse characteristics of three millennia of Jewish life, is made possible by a pair of $5 million donations; one by the Maltz Foundation and the other by Ambassador Alfred Moses and his family.

The Hall will portray the "unity but also diversity in its creation of synagogues, old and new, from many lands, presenting the different architecture, different styles, braiding together myriad threads of the Jewish spirit into one theme, as a gathering place for Jews to celebrate their Jewishness," according to a press release from Beit Hatfutsot of America.

These two significant gifts, which were pledged within weeks of each other, are important milestones in making the museum one of the key builders of the Jewish future," Irina Nevzlin Kogan, Chair of Beit Hatfutsot,said.

Beit Hatfutsot 'Great Hall of Synagogues' Credit: Courtesy