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DR. RIVKA CARMI JOINS THE ADVISORY COUNCIL

We are pleased to announce that Rivka Carmi, President of Ben Gurion University has joined our Advisory Council!

President Carmi is the first woman to serve as President of an Israeli University. She was born in Israel and is a graduate of Hadassah Medical School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She completed a residency in pediatrics, a fellowship in neonatology at the Soroka University Medical Center and an additional two year fellowship in medical genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University Medical School. In addition to her duties as President, Professor Carmi remains a member and serves as a consultant of national, professional and public committees and organizations, is a scientific reviewer for various journals and funding agencies and serves on the editorial board of prestigious scientific journals.

Recent noteworthy honors she has received include: the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Yated organization for children with Downs Syndrome; the Achievement in Medicine Award by the Municipality of Beer-Sheva; the 2002 Award for Peace from Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO), to Distinction Award of the Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America; and in 2009, an award of excellence from the Israel Ambulatory Pediatric Association (IAPA). In 2013 she received an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

ON ANOTHER NOTE…

The Asper Foundation created the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) which opened in 2014 and has won over 40 international awards and now adds another significant accolade. We have just learned that the Bank of Canada will feature the CMHR along with civil rights activist Viola Desmond on the new $10 bill.

We are delighted to announce that WJM Advisory Council member Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has just been inducted into the Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame on May 14, 2018. Other inductees included Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Kol HaKavod Rabbi Telushkin! As well, Advisory Council member Patty Glaser received the Business Operator of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Business Journal on March 21, 2018. Major donor and wonderful ambassador of the WJM, John Farahi received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nevada on May 17, 2018. We are blessed to have such an esteemed group of advisors and donors believing whole heartedly in the vision of the World’s Jewish Museum. If we have omitted any recent accolades for other team members, please let us know!

FUNDRAISING UPDATES – SPRING 2018

NEW YORK CITY

On December 5th, 2017, Gail and Moe hosted an informal gathering of volunteers and donors for an exclusive update on the spectacular architecture and exhibit plans for the WJM. The event took place at Ralph Appelbaum’s incredible offices, where he has developed the exhibits for some of the world’s leading museums!

LOS ANGELES

December 2017 – Shauna Shapiro Jackson, our LA volunteer extraordinaire, hosted a few potential donors at Frank Gehry’s offices. In attendance were some of the LA team including Sheryl Fleischer, Rachelle Fleischer, Adam Press and Rachelle Berger. Also in attendance were Nikita Khan, David Dubinsky from CAA and David Lonner, an accomplished agent representing writers, directors and producers in the film, television and online content arenas.

January 2018 – Gail Asper hosted a few potential donors at Frank Gehry’s offices. Everyone is quite excited about the project and they are thrilled with the model that Frank has created.

TEL AVIV

On March 15th, 2018, Gail and Moe hosted a reception for WJM volunteers and donors at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv to update everyone on the progress and achievements of the WJM and to introduce our Israel team; Yoram Cohen and Shai Abramson. Shai is the Israeli representative for The Asper Foundation’s projects and initiatives in Israel. Hila Oren, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tel Aviv Foundation spoke eloquently and enthusiastically about the importance of the WJM for the City of Tel Aviv.

Gail and Moe continue to travel the globe to meet with wonderful philanthropists who are assisting in making the World’s Jewish Museum a reality for 2023.

SHOFAR PIN – SYMBOL OF THE WJM

We have created a Shofar pin in silver, which you can order for $20 by calling 204-989-5522.

The Shofar is ‘The call to worship; The call to action; The call to make the Jewish message known to the world.’

Information on how to purchase a Shofar pin online will be announced shortly.

LEE LIBERMAN JOINS THE ADVISORY COUNCIL

We are pleased that Lee will join our team. Lee already has, and will play a significant role in the project’s development. We extend our thanks to Lee and her Finance Director, Lisa Hofheimer, for all their support.

Biography: Lee is Principal of the LJCB Group of Companies. She is also a Board Councilor of the USC Shoah Foundation, a Board Director of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, and a long-standing Board Member of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. Lee is publisher and editor of A Day in the Life of Israel, Jerusalem in the Shadow of Heaven, and A Day in the Life of Africa.

As a committed supporter of the arts, Lee served on the Council of the Australian National Gallery and the Australian National Gallery Acquisitions Committee. As Chair of the Lee Liberman Foundation, Lee provides strategic funding to non-profit partners in Australia, Israel and the United States.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF WJM

We are pleased to present the concept design by Frank Gehry through two new renderings of the building on the site.

Those who have visited Frank Gehry’s studios and seen his work have used many superlatives to describe the design; ‘breathtaking’, ‘astounding’, ‘beautiful’, a ‘true icon and symbol for the Jewish people’.

We believe that, like Frank Gehry’s architecture in Bilbao, Spain that created ‘The Bilbao Effect’, his Tel Aviv project will also give rise to a new term, ‘The Tel Aviv Inspiration’, where we meld great architecture with one of the greatest stories on earth, the Jewish contributions to humanity.

Indeed, the Frank Gehry design is featured on the cover of the Japanese magazine, GA Document.  This publication is one of the highest regarded architecture magazines in the world.

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

Ralph Appelbaum and Frank Gehry worked together from the very beginning of the design process to ensure that the spaces capture the stories being told in dramatic exhibits.

The ‘stitch book’ is the journey and experience of the museum in spectacular spaces. Considerable effort has gone into integrating the architecture to the story. The stitch book will begin to be circulated within the next few weeks.