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Dear Visitors,

We invite you to enjoy the four new exhibitions that will be opening this month: Fields of Vision: Landscapes by Israel Hershberg; Nelly Agassi: Video Works; Great Wide Open: New and Old in the Collection; and Veronese Green Joshua Borkovsky: Paintings, 1987-2012. If you have not already done so, we also encourage you to visit such ongoing exhibitions as By the Book: 500 Years of Readers and Reading in European Art; Forging Ahead: Wolpert and Gumbel, Israeli Silversmiths for the Modern Age; White Gold: Revealing the World's Earliest Coins; and the Youth Wing's Good Night.

We wish you happy holidays; thank you for your ongoing participation and support; and look forward to welcoming you to the Museum in the new year ahead.

James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director


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  Israel Hershberg, Tel Kakun, 2005-2007
Oil on linen

Fields of Vision: Landscapes by Israel Hershberg
From December 4

The eminent realist painter Israel Hershberg takes a long, hard, and unrelenting look at his subject, be it a still life, a portrait, a nude figure, or a landscape. For years he meticulously depicted isolated objects, capturing the effects of light and of time on their mutable surfaces, leaving no detail of texture or composition untended.
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  Nelly Agassi, 
Untitled, 1999   Nelly Agassi: Video Works
From December 19
Artist Nelly Agassi uses her body as a platform on which she performs repetitive actions dealing with femininity, physical pain, and emotional experiences. From the beginning of her career in the mid-1990s, Agassi's video works have documented these actions with an immediacy that resonates with the art of the 1970s, which placed the body at the forefront. Though in many of her works Agassi seems to record mundane actions, their slow, meditative repetition transforms them into powerful rituals that expose the fragility of the body and its limitations, while conveying both lyricism and drama.
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  Arie Aroch, Israeli, born Russia, 1908–1974
Boat, 1968, Oil on Masonite, Extended loan from the Aroch family, Tel Aviv  

Great Wide Open: New and Old in the Collection
From December 19

Desert landscapes and seascapes are at the heart of this exhibition. Associated with ancient myths, voyages, wandering, seclusion, and contemplation, the sea and the desert have been a source of fascination for innumerable artists since the Romantic era. Contemporary artworks, recently acquired by or gifted to the Museum, will be exhibited alongside a variety of works from the Museum's collections, including video art, drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography from the 19th century to the present.
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  Joshua Borkovsky, Dream Stone, 1996, distemper and oil on gesso on wood  

Veronese Green
Joshua Borkovsky: Paintings, 1987-2012

From December 19
This comprehensive exhibition, featuring some 60 works painted by Joshua Borkovsky over the past 25 years, encapsulates a singular creative process. Three cycles of works from the past decade - Echo and Narcissus, Vera-Icon, and Apelles' Line - stand at its core, complemented by other artworks of the same period and from the 1980s. All together they yield an integral body of work, whose every unit resonates with the others, illuminating them.
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  Max Ferguson, Pageant Books, 2009, Oil on panel  

By the Book: 500 Years of Readers and Reading in European Art

Highlighting paintings and prints portraying readers in their study or in a landscape, the exhibition examines the significance of reading in European art. Works by such renowned artists as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Salvator Rosa, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, and the contemporary Max Ferguson and Einat Arif- Galanti are on display, alongside rare books
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Shlomit Steinberg  
December 4 | Hebrew | 7 pm » details
December 25 | English | 6 pm » details

  Ludwig Y. Wolpert, Hanukkah lamp, First half of the 1950s, Spun brass

Forging Ahead: Wolpert and Gumbel, Israeli Silversmiths for the Modern Age

German-born silversmiths David Heinz Gumbel (1906-1992) and Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert (1900-1981) were among the first to adapt the modern style, characterized by clean, flowing, and functional forms, to the design of Jewish ceremonial objects. The exhibition illuminates the untold tale of these two visionary teachers and creators, who became pillars of modern Judaica.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Sharon Weiser-Ferguson December 11 » details

  View of the White Gold exhibition   White Gold: Revealing the World's Earliest Coins

An exceptional display of the first coins ever minted, issued in western Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) from the 7th century BCE. Made of an alloy of gold and silver known as electrum or "white gold," these coins were exquisitely fashioned. All 500 coins in the exhibition, from two private collections, are presented to the public for the very first time.
» To the exhibition website
  Egon Schiele, Austrian, 1890–1918, Standing Nude, 1917, Graphite, charcoal, and tempera on paper, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Gift of Robert J. Mayer , New York, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation  

Anna's Vienna
Anna Ticho spent her youth in Vienna, where she studied art from 1908 to 1912. This exhibition presents the material culture of the period, including furniture and decorative housewares typical of the 19th century; paintings by Vienna Secession artists (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele); and objects by Austrian designers Michael Thonet, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, and those associated with the Wiener Werkstatte. Ticho's work of the same period will also be displayed.
At Ticho House » read on
Guided Tours December 13 and 27 | 12 pm » details

  Jossef Krispel, Black Cat, 2008, Oil on linen  

Good Night

The exhibition peeks into the bedroom, exploring the different stages of sleep and the imagery associated with it, while also looking outdoors, illustrating the changes taking place at night in nature. Highlighting works of contemporary art, this exhibition for the whole family also includes activity corners and features objects from diverse times and cultures, attesting to the timelessness of the subject.
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» To the exhibition website

  Rutu Modan, Illustration for  A Royal Banquet with the Queen, Written by Rutu Modan, Am Oved, 2010  

Illustration, That's the Whole Story
Until December 31

Winners of the Israel Museum Ben-Yitzhak Award for the Illustration of a Children's Book, 2012: Vali Mintzi is the gold medal recipient for her illustration of the book Little One in the Park by Galit Raved. Honorary mentions have been awarded.
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» To the exhibition website

  View of the Manofim exhibition in the Rockefeller Museum  

In conjunction with "Manofim: The Annual Exhibition Season": Re: Visiting Rockefeller

A fascinating juxtaposition of contemporary Israeli art with archaeological artifacts and unique exhibition spaces. .
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  Frank Auerbach, Study for the Chimney Mornington Crescent, 1988   Frank Auerbach: Landscapes on Paper

Sixteen landscape paintings from the years 1975 to 1991 are on display in this sequel to the exhibition of portraits by the British artist Frank Auerbach. The works - most of which depict views of Camden Town, London, his place of residence - have recently been gifted to the Museum's Prints and Drawings collection.
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  Aya Ben Ron, Israeli, born 1967
Rescue, from A Voyage to Cythera, 2012, Collection of the artist  

Wall Work III - Aya Ben Ron, Rescue

Rescue consists of a sculpture suspended in mid-air and a video work. The sculpture - a portrait of the artist as a hospital nurse strapped onto a stretcher - hangs between heaven and earth, as in a rescue mission. A doctor and an emergency medical worker appear in the video work.Their act of humanitarian relief, on the one hand, and the steel sculpture of the
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  Jewish Women's dresses, 19th Century, Ioannina, Greece  

Jewish Women's Dresses from Ioannina

New in the collection! Greece, First Half (?) of the 19th Century These rare dresses attest to the unique tradition of the community of Ioannina. The dresses, known to us for some 30 years, were passed down from generation to generation, and the Asseo family of Kibbutz Afiqim has now gifted them to the Museum.
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  Fragment of the Aleppo Codes, From Exodus Chapter 8  

Rescued from Fire: A Rare Remnant of the Aleppo Codex

On the day of the Aleppo Pogrom, December 1, 1947, Shmuel Sabag collected a scrap of parchment from the pages of the codex. Placed in his wallet, it served as an amulet until his last day. In 2003 his family donated this precious fragment to the Ben-Zvi Institute, and it is now on display at the Museum in the Shrine of the Book.
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  Dolls in the Beaded Ceremonial Art of the Ndebele exhibition

Beaded Ceremonial Art of the Ndebele

The Museum's African Art collection has recently been enriched by a generous donation of beaded Ndebele art. This special display highlights ceremonial body ornaments and initiation dolls made by Ndebele women for use in rites of passage and as status symbols. The intricate beadwork features common motifs such as stylized flora, houses, telegraph poles, and electric light bulbs, reflecting the Ndebele woman's domestic concerns, her hopes for a good harvest, and her aspirations for an idealized home.
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All educational and cultural activities for the public taking place in the Museum are within the framework of:
The Sandra Rotman Cultural Program
. All programs are in
Hebrew unless otherwise indicated.

  Hanukkah at the Museum  

Hanukkah at the Museum

December 9-16 Free admission for children! (except for workshops and performances)

Special Hanukkah Hours:
Dec 9 and 16, Mon Dec 10, Wed Dec 12, Thurs Dec 13, Sat Dec 15 10 am - 5 pm;
Dec 11 10 am - 9 pm;
Dec 14 10 am – 2 pm;

Illuminating the Darkness The darkness of the Good Night exhibition and the light of Hanukkah come together in a special family celebration, which includes workshops, tours, and riddles. 10 am - 3 pm
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  Pyromania - Light and Darkness at the Israel Museum The Pyromania Ensemble takes the public on a hypnotic journey through light and darkness. The performance – combining dance with advanced technology – reveals a fascinating universe where light and darkness constantly clash, while remaining interdependent. For details, call 677-1302
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Recycling Workshop 3 in 1 box: a portable Hanukkah lamp, stained glass, and a miniature dreidel
Sun-Thurs 10 am - 3 pm | Fri
December 14 10 am - 1 pm | Ages 3-9 | NIS 15

Story Time: Pots Recount the Hanukkah Miracle Mia Sahar's puppet-theatre performance
12 noon | Ages 4-8 | NIS 15
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From And It Came to Pass to Burning Lights

The Story Behind the Illustration Such renowned artists as Marc Chagall, Nahum Gutman, Avigdor Arikha, and Shmuel Charuvi engaged in book illustration. Preparatory sketches in the Museum's collection reveal the thought processes, regrets, and changes of heart experienced by these artists. Examine works-in-progress and the finished products, with Ronit Sorek, Curator of Prints and Drawings.
Tues | December 4 | 8 pm
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  Hamshushalyim   Hamshushalyim: What's the Connection¿

Actors, illustrators, musicians, and even children offer humorous interpretations of artworks from the Museum's collections. The Israel Museum invites you to three Hamshushalayim events, during which actors, illustrators, and artists uncover the humor behind the artworks.

Thurs December 6,13, and 20 | 9 pm - 1 am
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Tapas – Artistic Appetizers The closing event in the Hamshushalyim series will be held in collaboration with New Spirit, offering a taste of art by young Jerusalem artists in the fields of theater, dance, interdisciplinary performance art, video art, and the visual arts (all of them participants in the "ToolBox" project).
Thurs December 20 | 9 pm - 1 am
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Creative Arts in Israel in the 21st Century – The First Dozen Years

Leading artists and scholars gather in an unprecedented attempt to characterize Israeli artistic production – in the visual and performing arts, architecture and design, literature, music, cinema and television – in the 21st century. This multidisciplinary event comprises intriguing lectures and discussions, complemented by audiovisual materials and the presentation of selected works by their creators.
Tues-Wed | December 18-19 | 10 am - 7 pm
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What's New with the Scrolls

A three-session series highlighting selected passages from the Scrolls, followed by a discussion with Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Curator of the Shrine of the Book.

Time Travel in the Footsteps of the Habakkuk Commentary The first session will be devoted to the Habakkuk Commentary, one of the most complete and fascinating Scrolls discovered in Qumran.
Tues | December 18 | 5:30 pm
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  Gustav Klimt, Poster for the 18th Secession Exhibition, 1903, Lithograph   From Vienna to Jerusalem: Art, Music, and the Spoken Word
In conjunction with the exhibition Anna's Vienna

Art and Design in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna – Prof. Milly Heyd, Hebrew University
The End of Music – David Witztum, journalist
Spoken German in the Land of Israel – Micha Limor, journalist and editor of Yekinton

Wed December 26 | 8:30 pm | Ticho House
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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Gallery Talk

December 4 | By the Book With exhibition curator Shlomit Steinberg | Tues 7 pm
December 11 | Forging Ahead With exhibition curator Sharon Weiser-Ferguson | Tues 7 pm
December 25 | By the Book With exhibition curator Shlomit Steinberg | Tues 6 pm | In English
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A large selection of activities, guided tours, workshops, lectures, and theatrical tours adapted to various groups

To arrange tours in Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, German, Russian, or Spanish, call Emilia at 670-8884
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Resuming in the Spring! Guided Tour of Bergman House

The private home of international art collector Charlotte Bergman was built on the Museum premises in the 1970s. The International Style house boasts a view of the Valley of the Cross and of the Knesset. With her death in 2002, she bequeathed her important collection of modern art to the Museum and instructed that the house and its contents be left untouched. On display in this magnificent residence are original masterpieces by Picasso, Chagall, Henry Moore, and other artists, making a visit to the house a very special experience.
Tour lasts one hour; To arrange tours, call Nava Shema at 670-8805, 677-1305, » navas@imj.org.il

Group Tours for Schools and Other Educational Institutions:
Good for the Body, Good for the Soul - Healthy lifestyle workshop
From Kindergarten to Grade 12 - A variety of themes in the galleries
Tours for Art Majors
For details, call Nava Shema at 670-8805, 677-1305, » navas@imj.org.il

Tours for Special Education Groups
For details, call Timnah Shahar at 677-1379, » timnahshs@imj.org.il

Tours for Private Groups: A wide selection of programs to enrich a private event, including an overview of the Museum's treasures; thematic tours focusing on archaeology, the Bible, fine art, Jewish art and life, 100 years of Israeli art, or love; and guided tours of temporary exhibitions and special exhibits

Tailor-Made Tours: Design a tour especially suited to your needs, together with one of our professional guides

Culture for Seniors: Enjoy a fun day at the Museum, including a guided tour, show, and coffee break.
For details, call Emilia Vid at 670-8884, » emilia@imj.org.il

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  Hanukkah in the Youth Wing  

Hanukkah in the Youth Wing

December 9-16 Free admission for children! (except for workshops and performances)

Recycling Workshop 3 in 1 box: a portable Hanukkah lamp, stained glass, and a miniature dreidel
Sun-Thurs 10 am - 3 pm | Fri
December 14 10 am - 1 pm | Ages 3-9 | NIS 15

Story Time: Pots Recount the Hanukkah Miracle Mia Sahar's puppet-theatre performance
12 noon | Ages 4-8 | NIS 15
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Hanukkah at the Museum Special Hours Hours and Events for adults and families
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  In the Youth Wing Illustration Library, 2011  

Illustration Library

Hours: Sun, Wed 10 am - 2 pm | Mon, Thurs 1-5 pm | Tues 4-7 pm

Mondays in the Illustration Library: December 3, 17, 24, 31

Big Art for Little Artists
In this series of meetings with Michal Kerer, storytelling inspires children to create their own works of art.

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Big Art for Bigger Artists
For slightly older children, who are either new or continuing in the program

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Tuesdays in the Illustration Library:

December 4 Spin, Little Dreidl Story, movement, and art in preparation for Hanukkah with dancer Alit Etrog Heiman
December 18 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Actress Anat Geiger Shabbtai enacts Simms Taback's story.

December 25
Goodnight Moon From the Library to the Good Night exhibition with dancer Dalit Issachar, who tells Margaret Wise Brown's story using flashlights and fabrics

Tuesdays | 5 pm | Ages 4-8
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Recycling Workshop

Where Ecology Meets Art Join us on an enchanted journey in the spirit of the Good Night exhibition, to the light of the cake-pan moon, stars made of buttons, cans, and coins, chairs covered with linens, and a wall entirely decorated with pajamas. Tues 4 - 7 pm; 3-9 pm | NIS 15 | For details, call 670-8963 (Telma Schultz)
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Archaeological Tell

Children and their parents are invited to learn about the various stages of an archaeological dig.
Open during regular Museum hours. (Workbook at no extra charge)
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Birthdays at the Museum

Celebrate your child's birthday at the Museum on weekday afternoons. You provide the refreshments, we take care of all the rest!

Birthday in the Good Night Exhibition | Ages 5 - 9 | 5-7 pm | Games, giggles, and scares - and a surprise at the end.

New! Pajama party in the Good Night Exhibition | Ages 8 - 12 | 8-10 pm | Games, workshops, nightly tours, and more

Also suitable for class parties; For reservations, call Mimi at 02-677-1302

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  Hanukkah lamp shaped like a gate
Italy, 18th century

Hanukkah Lamps Tour

Celebrate the Holiday by exploring the Hanukkah lamps illuminating the alleys of the Old City of Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter. Liron Alkolombra addresses the concepts of light and darkness in different cultures, the lamps' diverse styles and origins, and the connection between the ones exhibited in the Museum and those encountered in the Jewish Quarter.
December 11, 13 | 5 pm |15 | 6:30 pm | NIS 40 | For registration, call 670-8855 | Space is limited
Register online for Membership
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  Entrance to the Israeli art galleries in the Safra Fine Arts Wing in the Israel Museum   Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum
The Association of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum is dedicated to developing and cultivating relations between the Museum and its community of friends and supporters in Israel.

Honor your friends with a contribution to the Israel Museum. A personalized certificate acknowledging your donation towards educational and youth activities at the Museum will be issued by the office of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum: 02-670-8815, 677-1344
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  The Museum Shop  

Museum Shop

December Discounts
50% off selection of books
30% off Museum products
70% off Hannuka cards

With purchases over 300 receive a gift or coffee / tea at the Mansfeld Cafe
The shop is open during regular Museum hours, and also from 10 am on Tuesdays shop@imj.org.il » Shop online

  Google Art Project  

Google Art Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Google Art Project, making its galleries and hundreds of highlights from its permanent collection accessible online to audiences around the world. Developed in partnership with Google, the project features 520 of the most important objects in the Israel Museum's expansive collections, with high resolution images that allow viewers to examine works in exceptional detail, together with background information on objects and artists. Visitors may also explore the Museum's campus and permanent galleries virtually, using Google's Street View technology
» to the Google Art Project

  DSS Scrolls Digital Project  

Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history.

» to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project

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Alexander Calder, The Sun at Croton, 1960
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View of the Anna Ticho House
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The Rockefeller Museum inner court
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Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; The Arturo Schwarz Dada and Surrealist Library;
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Illustration Library in the Youth Wing

Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in Memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider
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Wheelchairs and lockers are available at the Entrance Pavilion. Coat check and folding chairs are available at the end of the Route of Passage, near the elevators. Please inquire at the Information Desk.

The Israel Museum and Shrine of the Book are open:
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs 10 am - 5 pm
Tues 4-9 pm | Fri 10 am - 2 pm
Sat 10 am - 5 pm


The Museum keeps its doors open with the help of its Guardian friends: Porter Foundation
Dec 9-15

Gallery Talks courtesy of the Morton L. and Barbara Mandel Fund

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generosity of those who contribute to its exhibitions:

Forging Ahead Michael Jesselson, New York Donors to the 2012 Exhibition Fund*
Good Night: Donors to the 2012 Exhibition Fund*; Association of Friends of the Israel Museum in Germany; Hollandia Israel
Anna's Vienna
Ticho House Fund
Nelly Agassi; Great Wide Open; Veronese Green; By the Book
Donors to the Israel Museum's 2011-2012 Exhibition Funds:*
White Gold The Thomas S. Kaplan Collection, courtesy of the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation; The Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
*Donors to the Israel Museum's 2011-2012 Exhibition Funds: Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, MA, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff, Hanno D. Mott, New York, The Nash Family Foundation, New York; Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Foundation in Israel

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