Grant will strengthen Jewish identity worldwide by establishing the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced last Thursday that it has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Koret Foundation, based in San Francisco. The grant, the largest awarded to Beit Hatfutsot from a U.S. philanthropic foundation in its forty-year history and one of the largest single grants made by the Koret Foundation to an Israeli institution, will establish the new Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood.
The Koret International School will dramatically reinvent and expand the work of Beit Hatfutsot’s International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies. The Koret International School will be the educational centerpiece of the Museum and will offer an extensive range of personal and professional educational programs for visitors, online users, students, educators and community leaders.
Through the grant, The Museum of the Jewish People will develop new approaches to education and will design innovative programs tailored for groups and individuals attending the Museum, learning curricula for Jewish day schools and community centers, traveling exhibits, and professional training and certification schemes for educators from around the world. It will also build on the successful flagship programs already in place, most notably the My Family Story genealogy competition and the G2G volunteer scheme. In order to fully launch these initiatives in Jewish communities around the world, the Koret International School will oversee a global team of full-time associates and representatives.
“The Koret Foundation’s grant reflects an exciting and growing convergence of interests around the revised mission for the Museum of the Jewish People, bringing leading foundations into conversation and partnership with our ongoing and much-valued partner, the Government of Israel,” said Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of Directors at Beit Hatfutsot. “With the visionary support of the Koret Foundation, The Museum of the Jewish People will be the unquestioned global hub for a new conversation about what it means to be not just Jewish, but a member of the Jewish people.
“We are gratified to partner with Beit Hatfutsot, one of the world’s leading institutions in telling the long and extraordinary Jewish story,” said Dr. Anita Friedman, President of the Koret Foundation. “In the 21st Century, innovative Jewish institutions and meaningful new approaches are needed. The Koret International School will play a pivotal role in strengthening Jewish identity and Jewish involvement, and offers a powerful new opportunity to engage, inspire and educate.”
The Museum of the Jewish People is deeply committed to educating Jews and the broader community about the diversity of modern Jewish life, Israel as a Jewish homeland, and the importance of sustaining a vibrant Jewish community for the future. Given current world events, this mission could not be more important,” said Jeffrey Farber, CEO of the Koret Foundation. “The Koret Foundation is proud to be a lead partner in this project.”
The Koret International School is part of The Museum of the Jewish People’s dramatic overhaul, which will culminate in 2019 with the unveiling of an all-new core exhibition, on which construction will begin later this year. The entire project, which includes four new galleries opened in 2016, has been made possible by an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign, which has reached its latter stages and is set to close in the coming twelve months.
“While the new core exhibition will provide the visual symbols of Beit Hatfutsot to the next generation of visitors, it is through the Koret International School for Jewish Peoplehood that the Museum’s values will be transmitted globally, through direct education, community engagement and resource development,” said Dan Tadmor, CEO of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot.
About The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Established nearly forty years ago, Beit Hatfutsot remains the sole institution anywhere in the world devoted to sharing the complete story of the Jewish people with millions of visitors from all walks of life. Today, reimagined as the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the museum works on-site, online and around the world to build connections across the Jewish people through a diverse, innovative celebration of 4,000 years of Jewish life, culture and history, engaging to those of any age, background or lifestyle. Major supporters include the Nadav Foundation, Ambassador Alfred H. Moses and Family, and The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation.
About The Koret Foundation
Based in San Francisco, since its founding three decades ago the Koret Foundation has granted more than $500 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the Bay Area and worldwide. The Foundation is dedicated to building a strong global Jewish Community and supports innovative organizations that strengthen Jewish identity and promote meaningful Jewish involvement. Additionally, the Koret Foundation is devoted to elevating the quality of life of our community with a special focus on supporting San Francisco Bay Area civic, cultural, humanitarian and educational institutions. For more information, please visit www.koret.org.