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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Weekly Torah Portion is Back
March 15, 2017
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The Weekly Portion is Back

Prof. Avigdor Shinan meets Museum curators to discuss the weekly Torah portion from the Book of Leviticus. Fridays, 11: 00 – 12:00. Included in the entrance ticket.

The Israel Museum hosts Beit Avi Hai for a third time for the successful series. Every Friday, as the book of Leviticus is read, Prof. Shinan meets a Museum curator to discuss a theme from the weekly Torah portion.

Prof.  Shinan presents midrashic interpretations on a subject from the weekly Torah portion, while the curators present works of art on the theme. "The encounter of biblical text and visual art, sheds a different light on the topic, opening up new types of discourse", says Daniella Shalev, Director of the Department of Culture and Enrichment programs in the Museum.

* On April 21, Prof. Ruchama Weiss will replace Prof. Shinan

March-April sessions:

  • March 31, Vayikra. Focus on poverty and riches, food, plenty and scarcity. With Daniella Shalev, Curator in the Youth Wing. In Aaron and Blima Shickman Gallery (lower level).
  • April 7, Tzav. Focus on Peace - between people and between man and God. With Hagit Maoz, Curator in the Archaeology Wing. Archaeological Wing
  • April 21, Shemini.Focus on bereavement - the death of sons before their fathers. Prof. Ruchama Weiss from Beit Avi Hai, meets Dr. Amitai Mendelsohn, curator of Israeli Art. At the Nathan Cummings Gallery for Modern and Contemporary Art, at the exhibition Behold The Man; Jesus in Israeli Art.
  • April 28, Tazria-Metzora. Emphasis will be placed on leprosy, and the outcast in society. With Shlomit Steinberg, Curator of European Art. In Aaron and Blima Shickman Gallery (upper level).
For details of the full series »
Ya’akov Shofar: Born in Israel

Ya’akov Shofar: Born in Israel, 1978-83

Programs and Cultural Events 

Seeing the Suffering of Others: Photography in Israeli Society

The development of social photography in Israel, in light of the two photographic exhibitions now on display, side by side.

Dr. Noam Gal, curator of photography
Ya'akov Shofar and Ron Amir, the artists
Muazzam Ali and Reuven Abergel, photographic subjects
Gal Gabay, on journalism and social photography
Tues, March 21, 7 pm 
Included in the entrance ticket | In the exhibition

The Venice Ghetto: Growth in Times of Struggle

In conjunction with the display
Display curator Gioia Perugia Sztulman and Prof. Sergio de la Pergola will discuss the juxtaposition of the cultural and artistic growth in the Ghetto alongside the complexities and challenges of daily life.
Tues, March 28, 7 pm

Included in the entrance ticket | In the gallery
House Tree Heart

House Tree Heart

This exhibition presents the Israel Museum’s first display of works by people with special needs, created within the framework of Youth Wing’s art courses. The works – mainly drawings and reliefs – were inspired by basic and familiar symbols such as a house, a tree, or a heart, from which develop varied and eloquent works in bold colors.

Also on display are videos documenting the artistic process behind the artworks.

To the exhibition page » 

Especially for Members and Friends of the Israel Museum

Neighboring Sounds

The Museum hosts a concert series performed by outstanding students from the nearby Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Fri Mar 24 | 12:30 pm
Free of charge | Springer Auditorium

To the Members page » 

Gallery Talks

Wed 22.3  | 12 pm* 
A Mummy in Jerusalem with exhibition curator Galit

Wed 22.3  | 7 pm 
Goya with assistant to the curator Yael Karmi (Fully booked)

Tue 29.3  | 12 pm
House Tree Heart with exhibition curator Timnah Shahar

*Register in advance at tel. 677-1302

For further information »

Free entrance for soldiers doing compulsory military service and for those doing National Service, courtesy of Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum

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