Maltz Museum readies world premiere of ‘Israel: Then & Now’

An exhibition making its world premiere at The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood before moving on to other institutions, “Israel: Then & Now” bows Sept. 23 and runs through March 12.

States a news release:

“‘Israel: Then & Now’ tells the story of a people with no home, rejected across the globe for religious beliefs finding hope in a land they can make their own. In 1948, when Israel was declared the first Jewish state, it gave the Jewish people an opportunity to create a home for themselves and their children – what would come of this land, the people, and a culture? Audiences are invited to take a look back and imagine what’s ahead during this world premiere exhibition that combines milestone moments, historic images, interactive media, and film to explore ‘Israel: Then & Now.’”

The museum promises “a robust season of programming” to coincide with “Israel: Then & Now,” the result of a “first-of-its-kind collaboration” between Case Western Reserve University’’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and Maltz Museum.

“In partnership, we have organized a full season of dynamic Israel programs designed to engage, enrich, and educate,” Alanna Cooper, director of Jewish lifelong learning at CWRU, says in the release.

The release states Cooper worked with Dahlia Fisher, director of external relations at the Maltz Museum, to create the programming. Gallery talks, lectures and discussions, arts and culture events, and “family-fun” activities are designed to offer something for most age groups and interests.

Fisher says in the release that the documentary film series stands out.

“The new film series is a reflection of the exhibition — providing a glimpse into the complex lives of Israeli doctors, artists, teachers, and survivors,” she says. “Through these films, we are discovering both the country of Israel and the people who live there — understanding their challenges and joys.”

A talk-back led by a local subject-matter expert will follow each film screening.

Click here for the full program guide.

Ultimately, the release states, the exhibition and its coordinating programming invite visitors “to explore Israel beyond media headlines by seeing the landmarks, learning the history, exploring the culture, and meeting the people — without leaving home.”

“Israel: Then & Now” opens Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special $5 general admission or free for members.

For more information about the exhibition, film series or other programming offerings, call 216-593-0575 or visit

Image credit: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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