The Place Where Jews Learn About Their HistoryBeit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, is a global institution that tells of the rich and rounded culture. It tells about men and women, about adults and children, about families and communities, about the Jewish year and its festivals, about the hardships and joys, and about the fruits of the spirit, education and creativity, the traditions and ways of life of the Jewish people. These were created for thousands of years in a variety of countries, through different periods, under various rulers and regimes, and in seventy languages.
At Beit Hatfutsot, the Jewish people are described as a people among other nations, which also maintains and nurtures a special bond with the Land of Israel and the State of Israel.
Beit Hatfutsot was founded in 1978 thanks to the vision of Nahum Goldmann, president of the World Jewish Congress from 1954-1977. The museum is located on the campus of the Tel Aviv University.
In 2005, the Knesset passed the Beit Hatfutsot Law, which defined it as "a national center for Jewish communities in Israel and abroad."
Beit Hatfutsot's MissionBeit Hatfutsot's goal is to present and represent the ongoing story of the Jewish people, a 4,000-year-old story. The Center strives to foster a sense of belonging among Jewish visitors and to strengthen Jewish identity, to serve as a center for Jewish discourse, for involvement and learning for women and people, families, communities and organizations from Israel and around the world.
At the same time, they are also interested in allowing non-Jewish visitors to become acquainted with the story of the Jewish people.
Educational Goals and MeansBeit Hatfutsot also has an educational role. The site strives to provide the next generation with the key to understanding its Jewish identity and strengthening its sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Its purpose is to deepen the connection between Jews in Israel and Jews around the world, to cultivate a sense of pride in Jewish heritage, in the accomplishments of the Jewish people throughout the ages and in their contribution to the world. Another goal is, of course, to allow visitors from around the world to get to know the fascinating story of the Jewish people and to identify its uniqueness.
The modes of delivery of the story are many and varied. Starting with a permanent exhibition with a variety of reconstructions and media, changing exhibitions on communities, events on Jewish identity and Jewish history, personalities, art, culture and history.
The museum also offers educational activities for students, youth from Israel and abroad, students and soldiers, as well as teacher training, tours and seminars. All these have databases rich in pictures, films, Jewish music, genealogy, communities, surnames, concepts and more.