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Dear Visitors,

Spring is flourishing on our campus, and so is the Museum's program of exhibitions and special events. Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey – the most ambitious archaeological exhibition in our history and the world's first ever to focus on King Herod's achievement as an imperial regional leader in Roman times – continues to draw record-breaking crowds. Ahead are also a number of exciting new exhibitions across all of our wings. "I am Gabriel": A Scroll in Stone from the Time of Herod offers a counterpoint to Herod's earthly Jerusalem, with its depiction of the heavenly Jerusalem of Second Temple time. Seven Winters presents a solo exhibition by internationally recognized Israeli artist Yehudit Sasportas; Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century explores the pioneering work of European photographers displaced by the trauma of World War II; and Mapping the Holy Land showcases cartographic treasures recently gifted from the collection of Trevor and Susan Chinn.

We thank all of you for your ongoing support, without which none of this richness would be possible, and we look forward to seeing you and your families at the Museum in the weeks and months ahead.

James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director

Special Holocaust Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day Hours>>>

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  Michael Aitsinger, 
Terra Promissionis (The Promised Land)
Hand-colored engraving, by Frans Hogenberg, Koeln, 1581


Mapping the Holy Land: Cartographic Treasures from the Trevor and Susan Chinn Collection in the Israel Museum
From April 17

The Museum's Norman Bier Section for Maps of the Holy Land has recently been enriched by a veritable treasure trove of ancient maps from the collection of Sir Trevor and Lady Susan Chinn, London... This display is the first in a series of annual exhibitions that will illuminate the different facets of the Museum's extensive collection of maps of the Holy Land.
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  Gabriel Revelation, Hebrew inscription, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE, Collection of Dr. David and Jemima Jeselsohn, Zurich  

"I Am Gabriel": A Scroll in Stone from the Time of Herod
From May 1

An ancient Hebrew text inscribed on a stone stands at the focus of this exhibition, opening a window onto the spiritual world of its writers in the Second Temple period. The inscription is presented along with rare manuscripts, including ancient copies of the Bible, New Testament, and Qur'an.
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  View of the Exhibition: Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey  

Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

The first exhibition entirely dedicated to Herod the Great, Israel's greatest builder and one of the most controversial figures in Jewish history. Large reconstructions and new finds from Herod's palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites are on display. Herod's tomb - discovered at Herodium after a 40-year search by the late Prof. Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University - holds pride of place. The exhibition is held in memory of Prof. Netzer, who fell to his death in 2010 on the site of his discovery.
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Gallery Talks: With exhibition co-curators Dudi Mevorah and Rachel Caine Tues April 9 | 7 and 7:30 pm
and wiith exhibition co-curators Silvia Rozenberg and Tali Shavit Tues April 30 | 7 and 7:30 pm
Space is limited; Pre-registration at 02-6771302

  Joan Miró  

Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer: Variations on a Theme

Flamenco's sensuous arm work, articulate hand gestures, and percussive steps inspired Joan Miro to produce numerous sketches, drawings, paintings, and collages of Spanish dancers over a period of sixty years, from 1921 to 1981. These witty and playful works are rendered in a variety of styles - from realism and cubism to surrealism and abstraction - exhibiting Miro's constant experimentation with form, medium, and technique.
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  Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1891–1956, Kolonna Dinamo, 1935  

Double Take: The Tanenbaum and Willens Photography Collections
Until April 6

Two distinct collections addressing different periods in photography. The first, gifted by Howard and Carole Tanenbaum, Toronto, highlights Soviet photography, while the second, given by Howard P. Willens, Washington, DC, offers varied works by masters of 20th-century photography.
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  New Bezalel student, Coffee pot, 1940s, Hammered silver and wood, Collection of Willy Lindver, Jerusalem and New Bezalel student, Kettle, 1940s, Hammered brass and wood, Collection of Miriam Avrahami, Jerusalem  

Forging Ahead: Wolpert and Gumbel, Israeli Silversmiths for the Modern Age
Until April 6

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.
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  Bartolomeo Schidone, 
The Horn Book, undated
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 ..
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  Egon Schiele, Krumau - Crescent of Houses (The Small City V) (Krumau Hauserbogen (die Kleine Stadt V)), 1915  

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.
At Ticho House; The Ticho House will be closed to visitors on
April 1.
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Gallery Talk: With exhibition curator Timna Seligman and collector Anat Meidan Tues April 23 7pm | No extra charge | Space is limited; Pre-registration at 02-6771302

  View of the Re: Visiting Rockefeller exhibition  

Re: Visiting Rockefeller
Until April 20

The Museum hosts a fascinating juxtaposition of contemporary Israeli art with archaeological artifacts and unique exhibition spaces. In conjunction with "Manofim: The Annual Exhibition Season Opening"
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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 Code, 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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  Pablo Picasso,
Blind Minotaur Led by a Young Girl in the Night
Aquatint, scraper and burin on copper, November 1934


For Print Lovers
The Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Print Workshop are initiating a joint series of meetings for print-lovers, including encounters with artists, collectors, restorers, and experts in the fascinating field of printmaking. Participants will be able to study masterworks from the Israel Museum collection from up close and try their hand at various printmaking techniques.

For further information please contact Ronit Sorek at tel. 670-8853 or
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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.

  Decorated basin from the Lower Herodium, bathhouse, 1st century BCE , marble and plaster   Between Rome and Jerusalem
Lectures in conjunction with the exhibition Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey

Behind the Scenes of the Exhibition David Mevorah, co-curator of the exhibition
Herod Between Rome and Jerusalem Prof. Daniel Schwartz, Dept. of Jewish History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Dark Side of Herod Prof. Eliezer Witztum, Division of Psychiatry, Ben-Gurion University

Tues April 23 | 8 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 60; Members NIS 45 | Pre-registration required at 02-6708960
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Special and Private Events
For further details call, 02-670-8985

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Gallery Talks

April 9 | Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey | With exhibition curators Dudi Mevorah and Rachel Caine| Tues 7 and 7:30 pm | Space is limited; pre-registration at 677-1302

April 30 | Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey | With exhibition curators Silvia Rozenberg and Tali Shavit | Tues 7 and 7:30 pm | Space is limited; pre-registration at 677-1302

April 23
| Anna's Vienna | With exhibition curator Timna Seligman and collector Anat Meidan | Tues 7 pm | Space is limited; pre-registration at 677-1302

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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»

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, »

Tours for Special Education Groups
For details, call Timnah Shahar at 677-1379, »

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, »

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Exhibition of the Museum's matriculation program's graduating students for 2013
April 11 - 19 | Opening Thurs April 11 | 6 pm | In the Youth Wing

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  Israeli dancing at the Shrine of the Book   Independence Day
Celebrating as of Old

Mimi Kogan invites the audience to dance and the Hora Jerusalem children's troupe performs original Israeli dances in a variety of costumes in the Shrine of the Book plaza; sing-along with the Even Yerushalmim singers on the Crown plaza.

Tues April 16 | 8 pm | Springer Auditorium | NIS 60; Members NIS 45 | Pre-registration required at 02-6708960
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  Eva Itzkowitz, Illustration   Days of Innocence: Illustrator Eva Itzkowitz and the Ofer LLibrary

Original illustrations to beloved children's books, including Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi'el's Hanna's Sabbath Dress, all produced by the same anonymous artist, are on display in this exhibition, revealing the unknown illustrator's identity for the first time.
Closed April 15 and 16

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Mondays in the Illustration Library: April 8, 22, 29

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

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

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  Finger puppets from the Youth Wing Recycling Workshop  

Triple Tuesday Every Week!
Three activities in a single ticket:
In the Recycling Workshop (4-7 pm); a
Surprise elsewhere on the Museum campus (4:45 pm); and
In the Illustration Library (5 pm); Themes include Herod, optical illusions, and "Who Moved My Cheese"
(for Shavuot)
April 9, 23

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Recycling Workshop

Where Ecology Meets Art Come experiment with a variety of materials collected from factories, in this enriching and challenging environment. The theme changes weekly (» see Triple Tuesday).
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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Guided Tour to the Ein Harod Museum of Art

Fee includes organized transportation and guiding in the Ein Harod Museum.

April 19 | 7:45 am to around 3 pm | NIS 95 | Space is limited; For registration, call 670-8855


Neighboring Sounds

The Museum hosts a concert series performed by outstanding students from the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

April 26 | Fri | 12 noon | Free of charge | Space is limited
   Itzhak Danziger, Nimrod,
Nubian sandstone  
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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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Museum Shop

Independence Day April 16 Up to 65% off a selection of products

For Members only!
Purchase the Herod exhibition catalogue for NIS 179 instead of NIS 249 (on presentation of a discount coupon from the Members' desk and valid membership card). » 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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   The Shrine of the Book
» Shrine of the Book
Claes Oldenburg, born Sweden 1929, and Coosje van Bruggen, born Netherlands 1942, both active in the US
Apple Core
» The Billy Rose Art Garden
 Anna Ticho, Flowers, Watercolor
» Ticho House
View of the  Rockefeller Museum
» Rockefeller Museum
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The Isidore and Anne Falk Information Center for Jewish Art and Life.
By appointment only, Tel. 02-677-1304 » details

Israeli Art Information Center Study room adjacent to the Library.
Tel.02-670-8018 | » details

Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; The Arturo Schwarz Dada and Surrealist Library;
The Norman Bier Section for Maps of the Holy Land. By appointment only:
Prints and Drawings, Schwarz Library, and Bier Maps Section: Tel. 02-670-8853, 02-670-8065;

Photographs: Tel. 02-670-8843 » details
Illustration Library in the Youth Wing

Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center, in Memory of Joy Gottesman Ungerleider
Closed to the public; reopening to be announced on Museum website» details


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:
Huti and Jay Pomrenze
April 7-13
Henry H. and Dorothea Gould
April 21-27

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

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

Herod the Great The William Davidson Foundation, Detroit;
Bank Hapoalim, Tel Aviv;

The Leon Levy Foundation, New York; The David Berg Foundation, New York; Sarah and Avie Arenson, Caesarea; Jacqueline Simkin, Miami, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; Karyn and Mel Lazareck, Canada, in honor of Sarah and Avie Arenson's 50th wedding anniversary; David and Jeannie Hendin, New York, in memory of Ehud Netzer
Joan Miro's Spanish Dancer Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation
Forging Ahead Michael Jesselson, New York Donors to the 2012 Exhibition Fund*
Anna's Vienna
Ticho House Fund
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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