Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People

Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, is a unique global institution which tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people. Our Mission is

·         To present and display the ongoing 4,000 year-old story of the Jewish people – past, present and future.

·         To encourage empathy and understanding of the Jewish people story among non-Jewish visitors.

·         To nurture a sense of belonging among Jewish visitors and to strengthen Jewish identity.

·         To serve as a focal point for Jewish discourse, engagement and learning in Israel and around the world.


Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People
Campus of Tel-Aviv University
Klausner Street
Ramat Aviv

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Beit Hatfutsot was founded in 1978. Dr. Nahum Goldmann, Head of World Zionist Organization, initiated the idea to establish a living testament to the Jewish dispersion; and Abba Kovner, the Israeli renowned poet, created the original core exhibition concept. In 2005, the Israeli Knesset passed the Beit Hatfutsot Law that defines Beit Hatfutsot as “the National Center for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world”. Since 2009 the museum is undergoing a major renovation plan of developing a new core exhibition depicting the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish People since Abraham and Sarah to present day. Beit Hatfutsot is a public, not-for-profit organization with private and governmental involvement. The museum is located in Tel Aviv University Campus.
The opening synopsis of the new core exhibition. Illustration. © The museum of the jewish people
Beit Hatfutsot collections include the core exhibition, temporary exhibitions, and digital databases. The Core exhibition is undergoing a comprehensive renewal program, and is slated to open in 2017. Temporary exhibitions: Beit Hatfutsot has already displayed over 150 temporary exhibitions on various Jewish themes: Jewish Culture, communities, personalities, art, music, sports and sciences. Digital Databases: Beit Hatfutsot has been collecting digital resources in various categories: photography, genealogy, films, Jewish music, history of communities, the meaning of Jewish family names, personalities, and a lexicon of terms in Jewish peoplehood.

From the collection

Wooden ceiling of the synagogue in Chodorows. A model.
The core exhibition
© The oster visual documentation center