Celebrate 60 Years of Israel!

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Presents

Israel:  Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow April 8 – June 29, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio (March 14, 2008) — The travails of the modern state of Israel are well-documented, but how much do you know about the astonishing achievements of this tiny nation?

Guess what country has the world’s largest number of biotech start-ups per-capita, the highest ratio of university degrees to population, the most museums per resident. What nation is second only to the United States in number of firms on the NASDAQ exchange?  The only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees?  The only home to Microsoft and Cisco Systems R & D facilities outside the U.S.?  The answer in each instance is Israel.

Technology…arts and culture…medicine…agriculture – how did the world’s 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, become a leader in so many areas in just 60 short years since its founding in 1948?

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage answers these questions and more with Israel: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, April 8 – June 29, 2008, presented by Signature Sponsors Forest City Enterprises, Jewish Community Federation/Israel at 60, John P. Murphy Foundation and National City Bank; Benefactor Sponsor The Wuliger Family; and Patron Sponsors AmTrust and RSM McGladrey; with support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Humanities Council and the Ruth G. and Sam H. Sampliner Fund of the Jewish Community Federation.

See attached for detail of the area’s most comprehensive celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary, featuring a world-class photojournalism exhibition, premiering a locally-developed exhibition on Israeli innovation and inventions and their Ohio connections, including a documentary film on local memories of the birth and early years of Israel, and presenting a season-long offering of programs, films, family-friendly activities and fascinating sessions with local investors, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Israel is today’s technological powerhouse, with high-tech products now constituting some 60 % of all manufactured exports. Even U.S. billionaire Warren Buffet is investing in Israeli companies.  At the same time, it is among the world’s most diverse societies, with citizens from virtually every country, background and faith, a mosaic of peoples, beliefs and lifestyles.

Special thanks to: The Cleveland Orchestra and Steven Hacker VideoDesign, Inc.