Inaugural Benefit Luncheon

Past Events: Inaugural Benefit LuncheonOn Tuesday, March 4, 2014, eighty distinguished guests met at Christie’s in New York City to honor Mr. Eugene M. Grant and celebrate the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, hosted by the Museum’s American Friends organization (AFBLMJ). This event served as the non-profit’s inaugural benefit luncheon, and will be the first of a series of annual fundraising events. It brought together leaders in the financial, real estate, and Jewish and Israeli philanthropic worlds. All joined to pay tribute to Mr. Grant, celebrating his long and illustrious career as a Real Estate industry visionary, philanthropist, and Past Chairman of the AFBLMJ Board of Directors.

After the Ha-motzi blessing given by Professor Lawrence Schiffman of Yeshiva University, guests enjoyed delicious Kosher fare while being informed about the mission, history, and exciting future plans of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem. The program was led by the institution’s director, Amanda Weiss. Princeton professor Dr. Robert MacLennan gave a most heartfelt introduction to Mr. Grant. Mr. Grant then took the stage, and with eloquence and humor addressed the room, accepting the honor. Ms. Weiss and her mother, Museum co-founder Batya Borowski, presented Mr. Grant with an award commemorating the creation of The Eugene M. Grant Young Scholars Program at the Museum in Israel, which will award one bright, driven scholar annually the opportunity to work directly with the curatorial staff of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem on priority research related to upcoming exhibitions or academic projects of the Museum’s collections. The event’s printed program highlighted the first beneficiary of this Scholars Program, gifted archaeologist Igor Kreimerman.

Prof. Lawrence Schiffman, Yeshiva University

Past Events: Prof. Lawrence SchiffmanProf. Lawrence Schiffman, Yeshiva University
July 12-14, 2013
to present at The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, NY

Friday night:
Amanda Weiss. Director of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
Amanda Weiss spoke about the upcoming exhibition on “The Book of Books” and exciting new developments at the Bible Lands Museum.
Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University and Edelman Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University 
The title of his talk is: Archeology, History, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Seudah Shelishit:
Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman spoke on “Archaeology and the Bible: Friends or Foes?”

BLMJ’s week-long 21st Anniversary Celebrations in Israel

Upcoming Event: BLMJ's 21st Anniversary CelebrationWeek of exclusive Archaeological Tours & The 21st Anniversary Gala Dinner
May 26-30, 2013
BLMJ’s 21st Anniversary Celebrations in Israel

The exclusive archaeological tours, led by experts in the field, will explore individuals and communities who fol­lowed their dreams to the land of Israel and left their mark on Israel to this day.

In the Gilboa and Jezreel Valley we will see the vision of the people of the First Aliyah and the inspiration that they took from the Biblical heritage of the region. We will follow Rabbi Yehudah HaNasi (Judah the Prince), chief redactor and editor of the Mishnah to Tzippori (Sepphoris). We will examine the fascinating story of the Templars, their inspiration in coming to the land of Israel and the visible footprints they left in Israel. In Jerusalem, the city that has inspired millions throughout the millennia, we will visit the extended preservation project of the Old City Walls and explore some of the city’s unique architectural gems.

The week culminates with the 21st Anniversary Gala Dinner in honor of Dr. Elie Borowski’s Centennial, the fruition of his dream and a look into the future.

Reserve your place today for the celebration week’s exclusive tours and events and spectacular Gala Dinner on Thursday, May 30th.

Complete Program, 5 Days of Touring and Gala Dinner – $1,090/per person
Tours Only, 5 Days of Touring without the Gala – $830/per person
Gala Dinner Only – $350/per person

For details, information and reservations:

All tours will be conducted in English.
All programs subject to change.
Advance reservations required.

GALA WEEK: The 21st Anniversary Gala Dinner

Dr.-Elie-BorowskiThe 21st Anniversary Gala Dinner (in honor of Dr. Elie Borowski)
Thursday, May 30th BLMJ’s 21st Anniversary Celebrations in Israel
Visionaries and Dreamers:
The 21st Anniversary Gala Dinner in honor of Dr. Elie Borowski’s Centennial, the fruition of his dream and a look into the future. Join us in recognizing the dream of Dr. Elie Borowski, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth and mark 10 years since his death.

The Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem celebrated 21 extraordinary years with its annual Gala on May 30, 2013.  Over 150 distinguished guests gathered at the Museum on this stunning night for cocktails and dinner, to celebrate the museum’s founder Dr. Elie Borowski’s centennial year and honor Mr. Stef Wertheimer, esteemed Israeli philanthropist, businessman, and valued friend of BLMJ.  In attendance were Italian Ambassador H.E. Francesco Maria Talo, Canadian Ambassador and Mrs. Paul Hunt, and members of the diplomatic corps and supporters of the Museum.  Leading Israeli archaeologists Dan Bahat, Amnon Ben Tor, Gaby Barkay, and others also joined the festivities.  Hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Benhamou of Geneva and emceed by David Kornbluth, Former Ambassador to UNESCO, the dinner was a truly illustrious event well-attended with eminent guests.

Talk with David Hendin

Upcoming Events: David-Hendin“Coins of the Jewish Wars”
March 14, 2013
American Numismatic Society
75 Varick Street, New York, NY
Leading expert in ancient Jewish and Biblical coins David Hendin explored the numismatic material of the Hebrew peoples before, during, and shortly after the fall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the hands of the Romans.  By utilizing images of coins and currency from areas of Israel and the Near East during this time, Hendin helped illustrate how coins created during this episode in history deeply reflected the evolution of the Jewish peoples during these wars, and were used as a unifying element, as well as currency, among the war-torn peoples.  He showed the audience how iconographic choices of those who created these numismatic materials were carefully selected and distributed by the communities to disseminate information and a feeling of Hebrew unity during this troubling time, while also interrelating them with their Roman counterparts.