We have moved from celebration to
celebration, having just enjoyed the official party for the Museum’s 50th anniversary which was May
11, 2015. We greeted 12,461 guests that day — our highest attendance on
record. It was a true recognition of
Teddy Kollek’s legacy and a tribute to his spirit.
We continued the enthusiasm as we welcomed more than 400
participants from eighteen countries for the International Council last
week. It was an equally memorable and
significant event marking the milestone of our 50th birthday year.
In focusing on the centrality of important exhibitions to underline this jubilee
year, new exhibitions including 1965 Today, 6 Artists 6 Projects, A
Brief History of Humankind, and the presentation of The Renewed Collection
Galleries of Israeli Art are already on view. They are now joined by the
stunning Greek and Roman artifacts in The Belfer Collection, a Mishneh Torah on
loan from the Vatican, Rembrandt paintings from Amsterdam and Jerusalem, and a
breathtaking exhibition of ancient gold coins newly-discovered from Caesarea.
We look forward to a summer of
exciting events to share and continue celebrating the achievements of the first
fifty years as we look forward to more hard work and aspirations for the next
With warmest regards,
James S. Snyder
Anne and Jerome Fisher