CLEVELAND, OH  – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is proud to announce the launch of a new exhibition, Israel: Then & Now, making its world premiere in Cleveland on September 23 with special $5 general admission, from 11am to 5pm; free for members.

Israel: Then & Now tells the story of a people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs, finding 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? Audiences are invited to take a look back and imagine what’s ahead during this world-premiere exhibition that combines milestone moments, historic images, interactive media, and film to explore Israel: Then & Now.

Surrounding the special exhibition is a robust season of programming, the result of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between two great educational institutions: Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

“In partnership, we have organized a full season of dynamic Israel programs designed to engage, enrich, and educate,” said Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at CWRU, who worked with Dahlia Fisher, Director of External Relations at the Maltz Museum to create the programming. Gallery talks, lectures and discussions, arts and culture events, and family fun activities offer something for most ages and interests.

Fisher said that of the many exciting programs to come, the new documentary film series stands out. “The new film series is a reflection of the exhibition — providing a glimpse into the complex lives of Israeli doctors, artists, teachers, and survivors. Through these films, we are discovering both the country of Israel and the people who live there —understanding their challenges and joys.” A talk-back led by a local subject-matter expert will follow each film screening.

See the full program guide here     >>>

This new exhibition and its coordinating programming invite visitors to explore Israel beyond media headlines by seeing the landmarks, learning the history, exploring the culture, and meeting the people —without leaving home.

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The exhibition is generously supported 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, Chelm Family Foundation, Lois Davis, Robert Goldberg, The Kline Family Foundation, 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, and Dan and Ellen Zelman