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Amar’e Stoudemire NY Knicks star and co-owner of Hapoel Yerushalaim Basketball team, keeps connecting to his Jewish roots – visited Beit Hatfutsot with his family.

Stoudemire participated in the summer Maccabia games, as the coach of the Canadian Basketball team

Amar’e Stoudemire, who changed his name to Yehoshafat following a conversion process, ended his visit in Israel at Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People. The NBA Basketball player was hosted by Dan Tadmor, CEO of Beit Hatfutsot and Irit Admoni Perlman, Director of Israel Friends

New York Knicks player Amar’e Stoudemire, who recently discovered his Jewish roots and decided to convert, arrived to Beit Hatfutsot at Irit Admoni Perlman’s invitation. Stoudemire was accompanied by his family who also connected to the ongoing story of the Jewish People, as presented at Beit Hatfutsot. The Stoudemire family also joined the American community artist Max Levi Frieder who leads the summer project of Beit Hatfutsot, Blue and White in Color; a project during which families can enjoy painting on huge canvases their version of the future of the Jewish people.

Stoudemire, 2.06 meters, wore an apron, took a brush and proved he is not only a gifted basketball player but also a talented artist. Together with wife Alexis and 3 of his children he created a painting that reflects the love for his family, basketball and Jewish heritage. “Art is the perfect way to connect between people and different spirits”, said Stoudemire .

“The visit at Beit Hatfutsot was phenomenal. We learned a lot. We connected to the Museum and we had fun!” added Stoudemire, “I’m sure I will be back here.”
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Beit Hatfutsot’s exhibition on the history of Iranian Jews to open at The Fowler Museum at UCLA

 

The Story of Iranian Jews’ will be on display from October 21, 2012 – March 10, 2013

“We are thrilled that the Fowler Museum chose to bring Light and Shadows to Los Angeles and to share the story of Persian Jewry with a new audience,” said Irina Nevzlin Kogan, newly elected Chair of Beit Hatfutsot, who will speak at the exhibition’s opening reception


Los Angeles, ‘Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews’, an unprecedented exhibition devoted to the history, culture and contemporary life of Iranian Jewry, will be on display at The Fowler Museum at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) beginning October 21 and running through March 10, 2013. The opening reception will take place on October 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition originated at Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv and is the first to present an in-depth portrait of Iranian Jewry. The comprehensive exhibition introduces visitors to the fascinating world of an ancient community and its cultural, social, economic and political life. The community’s story unfolds over more than 2,700 years, beginning with the first Jews exiled from Jerusalem by the Babylonians and continuing to today, with most members of the community scattered throughout the world.

According to Professor David Yeroushalmi, a member of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and the exhibition's historical advisor, some 20,000 Jews still live in Iran today. They are concentrated in Tehran and the two ancient communities of Isfahan and Shiraz, and maintain a strong connection with Judaism and their distinct cultural legacy.

The exhibition includes archeological artifacts, many on public display in the United States for the first time, that reveal details of ancient life in the Iranian Jewish community. Visitors will encounter a wide range of artifacts and media, including ancient manuscripts, talismans, carpets and both secular and religious music. Contemporary artworks by Iranian Jewish artists now residing in Israel, Europe and the United States reflect the community today. Orit Engelberg-Baram and Hagai Segev curated the exhibition.

“We are thrilled that the Fowler Museum chose to bring Light and Shadows to Los Angeles and to share the story of Persian Jewry with a new audience.” said Irina Nevzlin Kogan, newly elected Chair of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People. “This exhibition is part of Beit Hatfutsot’s effort to present the stories of different Jewish communities around the world in a way that highlights not only the past, but also the present. We hope such efforts will help all people understand the concept of peoplehood. And we hope that younger Jews who visit exhibitions of this kind will feel part of an extraordinary people that continues to thrive all around the world.”
The original exhibition was sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation with additional generous support from the David Berg Foundation, the Diamond Charity Foundation, the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, the Global Mashadi Jewish Federation, the Maccabi Foundation and individual philanthropists from Iranian Jewish community as well as other Jewish communities.
‘Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews’ will be on display from October 21, 2012 – March 10, 2013 at The Fowler Museum, UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles, CA.

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New Exhibition at Beit Hatfutsot Pays Tribute to Jewish Volunteers from Abroad in Israel's War of Independence

 

“The exhibition is a visual story of the brave and determined Jewish men and women who responded to an immediate need and came from around the world to aid the newly-created State of Israel "

 



“The exhibition is a visual story of the brave and determined Jewish men and women who responded to an immediate need and came from around the world to aid the newly-created State of Israel during its War of Independence” — Irina Nevzlin Kogan


Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, is proud to announce a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the contribution of Jewish volunteers from around the world in Israel's War of Independence in 1948. This riveting exhibition will open to the public on June 1, 2012.

In November 1947, following Britain's decision to submit the question of Palestine to the UN, the General Assembly decided to divide the country into two states – one Jewish and one Arab. Subsequent to Arab objection to the partition, the War of Independence broke out.

The establishment of a professional army was one of the goals facing David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the board of the Jewish Agency and architect of the state-in-the-making. However, there were not enough soldiers among the Jewish community of the necessary caliber. The ‘Haganah’ helped Ben-Gurion recruit Jews with military experience and capabilities from around the world. These were known as ‘Machal’, or overseas volunteers – and most were Jewish veterans of World War II who responded to the challenge and came to join the Zionist struggle.

Most of the volunteers were from English-speaking countries and significant ‘Machal’ operations were primarily carried out by the Air Force. The ‘Machalniks’ also made a significant contribution in naval, medical, infantry, tank, and artillery units. Some volunteered for humanitarian reasons, while others came simply seeking an adventure following WWII.

There were over 4,500 ‘Machalniks’, among whom 123 lost their lives, including four women. After the war, most of the volunteers returned to their countries of origin, while approximately 500 remained and settled in Israel.

“The exhibition is a visual story of the brave and determined Jewish men and women who responded to an immediate need and came from around the world to aid the newly-created State of Israel during its War of Independence,” said Irina Nevzlin Kogan, president of the NADAV Foundation, which supports Beit Hatfutsot. “It is a remarkable example of global Jewish peoplehood and the mutual responsibility and dedication we have towards one another.”

The exhibition emphasizes the significance of the role the ‘Machalniks’ played in the establishment of the State of Israel and will showcase original art by Nachum Gutman, Ludwig Blum, Ardyn Halter and Sol Baskin, as well as photos taken during the war. In addition, a short documentary film will be screened.

The exhibition is displayed in partnership with MACHAL - Association of Overseas Volunteers, 1948.

 

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