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?”

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.

Christie’s Antiquity Preview

Upcoming Event: BLMJ's 21st Anniversary CelebrationReception & Private Viewing of the Christie’s Antiquity Preview
December 4, 2012
at the auction house’s headquarters in New York City
On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, American Friends of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem hosted a reception and private viewing of the Christie’s Antiquity Preview at the auction house’s headquarters in New York City. After being welcomed by Director of the BLMJ, Amanda Weiss, guests enjoyed light fare and wine and were treated to an informative and engaging tour led by G. Max Bernheimer, the Senior Vice President and International Head of Antiquities for Christie’s. The galleries were stunning, filled with superb ancient sculptures, bronzes, marbles, pottery, and rare jewelry from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East. These wonderfully curated gallery spaces were an ideal backdrop for this American Friends event, where patrons and their guests enjoyed antiquities from the Bible Lands in a unique New York setting.