The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem (BLMJ), founded by Elie and Batya Borowski, is a registered association in Israel. The museum has American, British and German friends. It relies principally on private donations and foundations for funding but also gets support from the museums department of the Culture Ministry and the Education Ministry. Most of the funding comes from the endowments established by the Borowskis for the protection of the museum.

The Borowskis built the museum and donated Elie Borowski’s priceless private collection of ancient Near Eastern artifacts.  The museum is also a center for culture and education. According to Elie Borowski’s original vision, its purpose was to establish “a universal cultural institution for people of all faiths.” As such, the education department of the museum has developed special study programs in which Jewish and Arab (Muslim and Christian) students in the city learn together about their shared biblical roots.

The museum has more than 100,000 visitors a year, in addition to thousands of children from kindergarten through high school. The BLMJ also has concerts and special programs for students’ summer vacation.

Batya Borowski is the museum’s founder and chairperson of the board.
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