Beit Hatefutshoth 248 .
(photo credit: www.bh.org.il)
An exhibition on the Jews of Iran showcasing the community’s 2,700-year-old
history and rich heritage opens on Thursday at Beit Hatefutsoth in Tel
The exhibition includes archeological and cultural artifacts,
including ancient manuscripts, talismans, carpets and both secular and religious
music. The exhibition also includes contemporary artworks by Iranian Jewish
artists now living in Israel, Europe and the United States.
deeply honored and excited that Beit Hatefutsoth will be the first to expose the
fascinating life of Persian Jewry, which to date has not received the full
attention it deserves,” said Irina Nevzlin Kogan, president of the NADAV
Foundation, Beit Hatefutsoth’s major benefactor.
“This exhibition breaks
ground on the new spirit of Beit Hatefutsoth as ‘The Museum of the Jewish
People,’ which will now reveal the stories of different communities around the
world and show not only the historical aspect of the Jewish people, but also its
current status,” she said.
“Our hope is that it will help to better
understand, in broader terms, the meaning of Jewish peoplehood, and particularly
help younger Jewish generations to feel as part of an extraordinary people, who
are although dispersed around the world, still remain a thriving
The exhibition is sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Y&S
Nazarian Family Foundation. It is also generously supported by the David Berg
Foundation, the Diamond Charity Foundation, the Global Mashadi Jewish
Federation, the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York, The Maccabee
Foundation as well as individual members of The Iranian Jewish community and
other Jewish communities.