Israel: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

opening 018

April 8 – June 29, 2008


Israel: 60 Years – Memorable Photographs by members of the Magnum Photo Agency


The history of modern Israel is the latest chapter in what Abba Eban once called “the miracle and mystery of Jewish history – self preservation, resonance, suffering and renewal.” The Sixtieth Anniversary of its 1948 founding offers a cause for celebration and a pause for reflection. This exhibition features 60 stunning photographs in black-and-white and color.


The Magnum Photo Agency was launched as a photographer’s cooperative in the aftermath of World War II, only a few months prior to the birth of the State of Israel in 1948. The exhibition includes photographs of three of Magnum’s founding fathers, Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour and George Rodger. Capa and Seymour, themselves Jewish émigrés from central Europe, shared an enormous enthusiasm for the struggle of the new arrivals and covered the story with deep affection. Israel’s struggles and triumphs, tears and laughter, have been recorded in each subsequent decade by leading lights in Magnum’s international roster of photojournalists whose work is included.


Israel: A Look Forward


Tomorrow’s Technology and Northeast Ohio’s Role


To accompany Israel: 60 Years, The Maltz Museum created a look at Israel’s present and future through the lens of innovation in technology, medicine and agriculture. Today, Israel has the second-highest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, behind only North America – for such a small country, a formidable achievement. Many Northeast-Ohio-based supporters, investors, communities and organizations are at the forefront of developing and promoting Israeli technological innovation; their accomplishments are showcased here.


Hopes and Dreams: Remembering the Birth of the State of Israel
A Film by Steven Hacker


A personal look back at the founding of the state of Israel, commissioned by the Maltz Museum, features interviews with 11 people and their recollections of this historic milestone – featuring Etta Burger, Zev Harel, Ph.D., Harold Isaacs, Milton Maltz, Sam Miller, The Most Reverent Anthony M. Pilla, Leatrice Rabinsky, Albert Ratner, Congressman Louis Stokes, Senator George Voinovich and Donna Yanowitz.


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. Music accompanying the exhibition compiled by The Cleveland Orchestra.