On March 9, 2017, Rosita & Phillipe Weissberg hosted a “friend-raising” event in their home in NYC for a small group of potential donors for the WJM. Ralph Appelbaum spoke on the incredible exhibit plans, including the content that is being developed. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin discussed the importance of why the contributions of the Jewish people, over the past 3500 years, needs to be told. Gail Asper gave an update on fundraising and the Concept Design by Frank Gehry.
Our LA Committee has had the opportunity to take potential donors to the Frank Gehry Studios to meet with Frank and his team and to also receive a first-hand look at the model of the museum. These tours resulted in $1.5 million dollars in donations. Thank you LA Committee! Thank you to Frank Gehry, David Nam and others on the Gehry Team.
On May 29, 2017 the Jewish National Fund Manitoba/Saskatchewan Region honoured Rabbi Alan Green at their annual Negev Gala. Approximately 1300 people attended this outstanding event. The net proceeds raised from the Gala have been directed to the World’s Jewish Museum. Thank you JNF!
Gail Asper and Moe Levy spent two weeks in Israel in June 2017, during which a number of fundraising meetings were held. Further meetings are being held in Toronto, Ottawa and New York.