$10 million in donations pledged to Diaspora museum
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$10 million in donations pledged to Diaspora museum

Two US- Jewish philanthropists give $5 million apiece toward synagogue relics and an interactive program for kids at Beit Hatfutsot

The courtyard of the Great Synagogue of Aleppo, as depicted in a detailed model at the Beit Hatfutsot museum in Tel Aviv (Courtesy of Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People)
The courtyard of the Great Synagogue of Aleppo, as depicted in a detailed model at the Beit Hatfutsot museum in Tel Aviv (Courtesy of Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People)

Two American Jewish philanthropists will donate $5 million each to the Beit Hatfusot museum in Tel Aviv.

The donations to Beit Hatfusot, formerly known as the Diaspora Museum, come from Cleveland’s Maltz Family Foundation, founded by Milton and Tamar Maltz, and from Alfred Moses, formerly President Jimmy Carter’s liaison to the United States Jewish community and a former US ambassador to Romania.

Moses’ gift, according to a press release from the museum, will be earmarked toward the museum’s Great Hall of Synagogues, which will contain replicas of synagogues around the world spanning 3,000 years. The Maltz family has donated to several museums, from Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to the city’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and wants to see Beit Hatfusot develop an interactive educational platform for young visitors.

“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,” Beit Hatfusot Chair Irina Nevzlin Kogan said in the press release. ’The museum will tell and chart the narrative of our people as a whole, preserve many individual stories, and serve as a platform for Jews worldwide to connect to one another.”

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