The WJM’s content will be developed with input from scholars around the world.
Gail Asper, Moe Levy and Rabbi Telushkin had an initial meeting with Sir Simon Schama on May 15 in New York to share the vision of the WJM.
Sir Simon Michael Schama CBE FRSL FBA is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, Jewish history and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He brings to life Jewish history and experience in a 5 part documentary series: The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama.
He expressed enthusiastic support for the WJM and his key thoughts were:
- The general principle of the WJM should be devoted to “Jewish vitality not mortality”.
- The whole raison d’etre of the WJM is to give the world a sense of Jewish history and culture
- Popular education turns on stories – the more dramatic, the better and he sees the WJM as a chain of dramas each with its own space, some flowing into each other – all linked by questions and principles.