Current Exhibition

Israel: Then & Now

On view now through May 12, 2019

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Wednesday: 11am – 9pm

Included with regular Museum admission. Purchase tickets now.
Members are always free.

Israel: Then & Now tells the story of a people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, find hope in a land they can make their own. In 1948, when Israel was declared the first Jewish state, it gave the Jewish people an opportunity to create a home for themselves and their children — what would come of this land, the people, and a culture?

Take a look back and imagine what's ahead during this world premiere special exhibition that combines milestone moments, historic images, interactive media, and film to explore Israel: Then & Now. Purchase tickets now.



What you can expect at the exhibit

  • Learn about major moments in Israel’s history such as the Balfour Declaration, Israeli Independence, and the Camp David Accords.
  • Discover the early Zionist movement, agricultural transformations, and current innovations in natural conservation. A 3D topographic map will highlight shifting national borders, historic sites, and varied landscape.
  • Meet the people of Israel by learning about the waves of immigration that contributed to a diverse population. Visitors can explore the experiences of early Jewish pioneers, and children can imagine the courage it took to move far away and build a new society.
  • Explore the creation of a unique culture and the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language. Learn about the cuisine, pop culture, music, and literature that reach across borders to influence the world.
  • Be inspired by the technological and medical advancements being made in Israel today that are changing the world.
  • Hear from everyday Israelis on subjects such as the role of religion in society, Israel’s creative and social challenges, politics, and the idea of Israel tomorrow.

After its debut in Cleveland, Israel: Then & Now will be on national tour. Find out how to bring this exhibit to your community.

We are proud to announce the collaboration of Jewish Cleveland's two great educational and cultural institutions: Case Western Reserve University's Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and the Maltz Museum partner to offer joint programming to the community. We have organized a full season of dynamic Israel programs designed to engage, enrich, and educate. Meet our visiting scholars, join us for an Israeli documentary film series, take part in a Israeli play readings, and more.

  • Events will alternate between venues
  • Discounted rates are available for both members of CWRU–Siegal and members of the Maltz Museum.

Register for an upcoming program.

Israel: Then & Now is generously sponsored by


Presenting Sponsor

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation


Benefactor Sponsor

The Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Foundation


Patron Sponsors

Alan and Karen Krause

David and Inez Myers Foundation

The Weiss Family


Contributing Sponsors

Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation

George S. Blumenthal

Marilyn Cagin

Lois Davis

Robert Goldberg

Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein & Barry Goloboff

Bob and Sally Gries

Irwin and Ida Haber

Gene and Elise Mesh

Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation

Alvin and Laura Siegal

Steve and Penni Weinberg

Tim and Sandy Wuliger

Dan and Ellen Zelman