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  • The Next Step for Jewish Peoplehood / by Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste

    The Next Step for Jewish Peoplehood / by Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste

    An article marking the 10th anniversary of the International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS):

    “While the whole notion of peoplehood has become so central to professional Jewish circles in recent years, it simply doesn’t resonate with the overwhelming majority of Jews from around the world” – READ FULL ARTICLE

  • Jewish Peoplehood: Not Just for Diaspora Jews / by EJewish Philanthropy

    Jewish Peoplehood: Not Just for Diaspora Jews / by EJewish Philanthropy

    The inaugural conference on the topic of “Israelis and Jewish Peoplehood” drew 250 people last week to Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv to discuss the theory

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  • The Israelis and the Jewish People Conference / by EJewish Philanthropy

    The Israelis and the Jewish People Conference / by EJewish Philanthropy

    The Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education in collaboration with Beit Hatfutsot is convening a conference on The Israelis and the Jewish People. The conference, to be held at Beit Hatfutsot on February 9th 2015, will address the Challenges of Peoplehood in Israeli Society – from Vision to Practice and is anticipated to attract 200 participants.

    Discussions will address the challenges of…

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Portraits of Peoplehood: Faigie Zimmerman and Carol Slater

by Gabriella Binia

Faigie Zimmerman lives in Canada and Israel.

Carol Slater lives in Israel.

By chance I met one of the first members of Beit Hatfutsot: Carol Slater.

What do you think about the Dream Weavers exhibition?

The Israeli designers are international but they are not designers who work in Israel at the moment.

Our feeling was that first of all, the exhibition is very beautiful and it is organized exquisitely. I mean, it really is a very gorgeous exhibition.

But, knowing what we know about the Israeli fashion industry and the designers that once lived in this country, some of whom are no longer alive, like Ben Yosef, as well as others who are still extremely talented, and not just Israeli in their designs but so completely original in their works and are like nothing that anybody else has ever done. And so when you look at these pieces designed by Elbaz, Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren and so on, yes, they are gorgeous and beautiful and it’s wonderful that they did this exhibition. But each one could have been by the other. There is nothing really truthfully original.

Have you seen other recent exhibitions here at Beit Hatfutsot?

Not yet, we just came to see this one, and now we are going to see something else.

Why did you decided to come to the Dream Weavers exhibition?

Because I read in one of the weekend editions of the English speaking newspapers about the fashion exhibition. and as we are both very interested in fashion, and have been all our lives, we wanted to see it, so we came especially for that.

Do you live here in Israel?

In the winter time.

Where do you live the rest of the year?

Carol: I live in Canada

Faigie: I live here, in Israel.

What do you think is the most interesting aspect of the Jewish people in general?

Tenacity. Because we are very tenacious people. We hold very tightly. We hold to our beliefs, we hold to our religion, we hold to our country, and we have survived, and survived and survived, whereas other cultures that began around at the same time as ours, don’t exist anymore.

Faigie Zimmerman and Carol Slater

Faigie Zimmerman and Carol Slater


Portraits of Peoplehood: Moshe and Ester Levy

by Gabriella Binia

Where are you from?

We are from Yehud, a city close to Ben Gurion airport.

Have you been living in Israel your whole life?

Moshe: No, I was born in Bulgaria and moved to Israel when I was three years old. And where are you from?

Gabriella (ISJPS Intern Interviewer): From Spain.

Moshe: I don’t speak Spanish but I speak Ladino… you know… the Spanish of the Jews. The Jews in Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Turkey speak Ladino. I love this language. It’s beautiful.

Ester: I was born in Israel.

What do you like the most about Israel?

We love the country; the society is very open and very friendly. We especially like Jerusalem.

How many times have you visited Beit Hatfutsot museum?

This is the third time.

What brings you here today?

We came especially for the Amy Winehouse exhibit because my wife loves the music she created.

Ester: I have been an Amy Winehouse fan for five years. Already three years before she died…  She sings very well, she has a great voice.

Moshe: Even if I am old, I like her. And now, after this exhibit I know what music she used to like and listen to, what kind of books she liked and I understand why I appreciate her so much.

What makes the Jewish people strong?

The spirit. A belief in God.

Which is the Jewish value that you like the most?

Moshe: The fact that we are welcoming people. My parents come from Bulgaria, Ester’s parents come from Morocco, and we are all together, and that’s what I like the most.

Moshe and Ester Levy

Moshe and Ester Levy from Yehud. Beit Hatfutsot, winter 2015

Portraits of Peoplehood: Jeffrey, Dara and Rhonda from Canada

by Gabriella Binia

Jeffrey: Father; Dara: Mother; Rhonda: Grandmother; little girl

– Where are you from?


– What brings you to Israel?

We are visiting our daughter who is studying at Tel Aviv University.

– Is it your first time in Israel?

Jeffrey: No, I have been here twice before, my daughter too and my wife 4 times.

– What do you like the most in Israel?

Jeffrey: I would say the feeling of belonging.

– (To the little girl) Do you have a favorite Jewish dish?

Yes, chicken soup.

– What about sufganiyot?

I love sufganiyot.

Dara: I love sweet things, salty things and healthy food.

– What do you like the most about Israelis?

Jeffrey: They are very friendly. They express their emotions and they are very open.

Dara: We like Tel Aviv and the feeling of walking here. The families are very friendly with little kids.

Rhonda: Israelis are very strong. They stand upright.

– What makes Jewish people strong?

Rhonda: We keep our traditions anywhere we are.

Jeffrey: We stay as a community.

Dara: The sense of belonging to a community.

Jeffrey, Dara and Rhonda from Canada

Jeffrey, Dara and Rhonda from Canada. Beit Hatfutsot, winter 2015