Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beit Hatfutsot - Diaspora Museum (Wednesday last)

Spent an afternoon at Beit Hatfusot - the Diaspora Museum.  It had been nearly 30 years since I had last been there; as one can imagine, many changes had taken place.

My favorite area was still there, The Gate of Faith section with 18 miniature synagogue reproductions from around the world. Included were two synagogues I was familiar with - Beth Shalom Synagogue in PA designed by Franklin Lloyd Wright and Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI. 

I have fond memories of visiting Touro Synagogue back in 8th grade with Mrs. Twersky z"l Hebrew Day School. We were on a day long field trip to Newport and were only allowed to speak hebrew while we were there. What fun that was! She was an amazing teacher.

Also saw interesting films about the role of Jews in paintings and religious art as well as a general timeline of the cultural history of the Jews. 

Beit Hatfutsot - Diaspora Museum on the Campus of Tel Aviv University
The "enduring understanding" of the museum



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