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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.

FUNDRAISING AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS

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.