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Our big news is that the extraordinary piece of land, conservatively valued at $150 million that the City of Tel Aviv has allocated for this project, has been extended by City Council for a further three years. This will allow us more time for fundraising. Mayor Huldai personally presented the resolution to City Council and believes that a Frank Gehry-designed museum will transform Tel Aviv’s waterfront and secure its position as a world-class destination.
The European Friends of the World’s Jewish Museum met on June 13th in the offices of the Mayor of Tel Aviv (Ron Huldai) to express their support for what will become the new symbol of Israel and the Jewish People.
Present were: Yoram Cohen (head of Global Fundraising), David Wollach, Joelle Aflalo, Mayor Ron Huldai, Martine Dussault, Hila Oren (CEO, Tel Aviv Foundation), Robert Cohen Skalli, Yaron Klein and Moe Levy, (Director & Volunteer – WJM).
Also noting, following the Tel Aviv elections on October 28, 2018, Mayor Ron Huldai has been re-elected for another term. The Mayor has become more engaged with the project and he will be featuring the World’s Jewish Museum in his promotional materials for projects in the city that are a priority for him.
We continue our global fundraising efforts. Gail, Moe and Yoram continue to travel the globe to meet with wonderful philanthropists who share our vision of making the World’s Jewish Museum a reality for 2023.
During the past three months we raised $12,350,000 Million in pledges. We have received our first Israel pledge of $1M, a $1M from a donor in London, $1M from a donor in Vancouver a $100,000.00 from a donor in Ottawa!
We have just secured a $1M pledge from a donor in Winnipeg, a $7M pledge from a European donor, a $1M from a donor in Geneva, and another $250,000.00 from a donor in Toronto.
In addition to the land (which was donated by the city of Tel Aviv and worth over $150 million), over $100 M dollars in pledges have been secured to date from Jewish philanthropists including The Asper Foundation which is spearheading this inspiring project.
It will create a new message of and for the Jewish people. The Asper Foundation spearheaded the building of the spectacular $351 Million Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Canada which is now open and receiving rave reviews.
We are holding a major fundraising Gala on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 in Los Angeles, honouring Frank Gehry with a Lifetime Achievement Award. We will be sending out invitations in the very near future.
The World’s Jewish Museum is set to be a world class landmark, museum, and performing arts center a- la Sydney Opera House overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv. The spectacular site has been secured and is just North of the Hilton and within walking distance to the very popular Namal (port) area.
It will celebrate Jewish contributions to humankind, be a place of events and celebrations, and will stay open late with a restaurant/nightclub aspect so that Israelis and tourists alike can enjoy it every day.
Frank Gehry’s design of the WJM is already receiving worldwide attention. With his track record and reputation, the architecture is sure to be an attraction in and of itself. Museum exhibit design is being helmed by the award-winning Ralph Appelbaum whose talents were commissioned for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Clinton Library, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and more. Some of the most prolific Jewish minds and dedicated philanthropists are on the WJM’s scholarly and advisory councils.
The WJM will be transformational because while 70% of Jewish Museums focus on our difficult past, the WJM changes the narrative from one of survival to one of celebration. It is our hope that every child who goes to Israel on Birthright will fall in love with Israel itself, go to Yad Vashem to learn about our difficult past and the importance of tolerance, and then end the trip at our World’s Jewish Museum in Tel Aviv, strengthening their Jewish identity, and empowering them to make their own positive mark on the world.