American casino and hotel magnate Sheldon Adelson has been dishing out generous
donations to Jewish causes over the past week.
On Tuesday, he doubled his
overall contribution to Yad Vashem in the past decade by announcing a $25
million gift to the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.
“We have seen the
incredible impact of Yad Vashem seminars on educators of all backgrounds over
the past five years,” Adelson said at a banquet held by friends of the museum in
“We look to these educators to bring the lessons of the Shoah
to their students.”
A week earlier, Adelson increased his annual
contribution to Birthright-Taglit – the program that brings Jews aged 18 to 26
from the Diaspora on a free trip to Israel – twofold, to $10m.
Chairman Avner Shalev thanked the 78-year-old philanthropist, whose net fortune
was estimated by Forbes to be $23 billion in 2011, and his wife, Miriam, saying
their largesse will help “preserve the memory of the Holocaust.”
to the Adelsons, in the past years, we have seen the number of educators from
around the world attending Yad Vashem seminars increase exponentially,” he
The museum said Adelson’s donations have helped bring “thousands”
of Christian, Muslim and Jewish educators from Spain, Greece, Hungary, Serbia,
China, Morocco and Russia in recent years to learn about the Holocaust. It added
that its seminars for foreigners range from 10 to 21 days during which they hear
about various topics related to the Holocaust from survivors and experts.