Spent five hours inside, watching all the videos, the three floors of exhibits. First floor is dedicated to Jewish life. Second floor is dedicated to faith, reconstructions of synagogues across the world including China, and third has history of Jewish communities from Alexandria before Christ, to POland in the 17th and 18th centuries, to the false Messiah who spread his teachings across the Balkans in the same period and which created its own following: the Sabbateans. There are stories of individual communities rooted up like the Falasha Jews in Yemen, or the Fez Jews who moved out in the 1920s as their Mellah became prey to Arab inruptions, jealous of their privilege status next to the sharif.
Worth every of the 42 shekels entrance cost. Often temporary exhibitions as well: at the time I visited it was Bukharan Jewry, their history and particular rites and accompanying carpets and domestic furniture.
Some nice quotes: 'A rabbi whose community does not disagree with him is not really a rabbi, and a rabbi who fears his community is not really a man'.
The Jewish people was scattered all over the world since its exile from Israel by the Romans 2000 years ago. As a result, many different communities developed in different countries and continents of the Diaspora, all sharing their religion, ethnic background and cultural heritage, but also absorbing a lot from their new physical and cultural environment.
The Museum of the Jewish People (formerly called Museum of the Diaspora) displays the mosaic of Jewish life in all corners of the world. The displays spread over 3 floors, and are thematically divided: The Jewish family, the Jewish community, faith, culture, daily existence, relations with the non-Jewish environment.
The exhibitions on the ground floor change every few months. In 2011 an exhibition was dedicated to the culture of the Jews of Iran, one of the most ancient Jewish communities in the world. Rare works of art and religious artifacts were donated or lent to the museum by dozens of Jewish families who had immigrated to Israel from Iran.
If you are Jewish and want to learn more about your roots, make sure to visit this museum. You will also have access to existing Jewish family trees, and an opportunity to create your own. You can also trace the origins of many Jewish family names.
But also if you are non-Jewish and wish to learn more about the Jewish People, the people who built Israel and the communities in the Diaspora from which they or their forefathers came, do not miss this museum.
This place is here to tell our story , the story of the jewish people from the past until today.
The place is open from sunday to thursday between 10:00 and 16:00.
To enter you should pay 34 NIS for an adult.
There are plenty of museums to visit during those rare rainy days in Tel Aviv. But my personal favourite is Bet Hatefutsoth (Diaspora Museum).
It is a musuem basically about the history of the Jewish people around the world. It is fascinating, full of photographs, reconstructions, videos and models of synagogues etc from around the world. It is also amazing how Judaeism spread - Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia. It is exactly what a museum should be - informative, but presented in such a way that is also fun.
Beit Hatefutsot or diaspora Museum ,gives the history of the jewish people.
It has a computer where you can check the origin of your name if you are jewish, and you can check if anyone has entered your family tree, or enter it if you just happen to have it on you.
Recommended by the best seller '1,000 Places to See Before You die'
Photography inside the museum is prohibited.