Rothschild Exhibition Center

Project Name:

Rothschild Exhibition Center

Location:

Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Baron Edmond de Rothschild, famous for his great love of Israel, worked endlessly to help the land be settled and developed. The Baron gave financial support to the colonies founded by members of the First Aliya, established new colonies, and bought parcels of land throughout Israel. Starting in 1882 and for over 50 years, virtually until his dying day, he remained involved in what was being done in the Land of Israel, and for good reason received two flattering titles testifying to his immense contribution: "Father of the Yishuv" and "The Known Benefactor." Health services, educational institutions, and industrial and agricultural enterprises were all established with his money and under his guidance. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, said of him, "Rothschild was not only generous; he was the first person to take tremendous, bold, prolonged action with manifold results." When he first embarked on his activities, Baron Rothschild was wary of the Zionists, fearing they might endanger his endeavors. Only years later, upon seeing the Yishuv firmly established in the Land of Israel, did he change his attitude toward the Zionist enterprise and express his appreciation for the first settlers and their accomplishments. The Baron visited the Land of Israel five times; during the final visit, in 1925 at age 80, he said, "When I recall days gone by, when I first began my work – today seems but a dream that I am dreaming."
 

The Baron passed away in late 1934. His will included a request that his remains be re-interred in the Land of Israel. His heirs and other descendents of the Rothschild family continue to help Israel and contribute to its development and well-being. Many a time the question has been asked: Could the Zionist enterprise have succeeded without the massive infrastructure laid down by the Baron?
 

In April 2006, a new exhibition center opened at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv, under the name "Rothschild Center." Half of the construction costs were covered by a donation from the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation, the other half by the Tel Aviv Municipality. The Rothschild Center contains a large, modern permanent exhibit entitled "The Land of the Baron," which offers a glimpse of Baron Rothschild's unique personality and outlines his efforts to establish Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel. The exhibit presents Baron Rothschild's endeavors from the beginning of his activity in Israel through today, over a span of 120 years. The public is invited to join the Baron on his various visits to the Land of Israel, to view objects, pictures and documentary films, to learn about the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation's activities, and to accompany the Baron to his final resting place in Zichron Yaakov.
 

In addition to the permanent exhibit about the Baron's life and work, the Rothschild Center also includes a large open space for temporary exhibits and a state-of-the-art auditorium seating 225 for cultural performances, study days, conferences, lectures, and so forth. The center features Israeli and Jewish culture over the last hundred years, through temporary exhibits and diverse educational and cultural activities held there. When the center first opened, a series of study days were organized in the auditorium – highlighting the history of Zionism, the villages founded by the Baron and much more.
 

Hall of Names - Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Project Name:

Hall of Names

Location:

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
 

Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, is an independent authority established in 1953 by Knesset Law. Yad Vashem documents the annals of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period to perpetuate the memory and life stories of the Six Million murdered, and to bequeath the heritage of the Holocaust to coming generations through the archives, library, research center, school and museums operating on its premises.To meet the future challenge of commemorating and educating about the Holocaust, and in view of increasing interest in the Holocaust both in Israel and throughout the world, over the past decade Yad Vashem had implemented a multi-year development program. One of the program's main components is the construction of a new Museum Complex at Yad Vashem, which enables visitors to experience visual encounters with stories of the Holocaust and its atrocities. The exhibits, including victims' personal effects, authentic photographs, original works of art and survivors' personal testimonies, emphasize the human side of the Jewish experience during that calamitous period.

At the end of the tour through the Holocaust History Museum, visitors arrive at the Hall of Names. One of the main pillars in the new Museum Complex, the Hall of Names was built with the assistance of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. The Hall of Names contains three sections: a space for remembering and personal reflection; archives; and a room to search online for individual names of Holocaust victims.

The memorial space forms the heart of the Hall of Names. Located in the central area, the space consists of two reciprocal cones - one sunken ten meters into the bedrock and the other reaching skyward. On the upper cone, photographs of a small number of victims appear against a background of Pages of Testimony. Between the two cones is a round area with a raised platform in the center. When visitors stand on the platform, the pictures of the murdered look down on them from above, while their faces are reflected in the water at the base of the lower cone. Some equate this structure with a memorial candle, the light of which is never extinguished; others see it as a well from which the victims' never-ending cries are echoed. Many regard the reflected faces as those names still to be discovered, yet all agree that the structure holds deep meaning to be interpreted by each person who passes through the Hall of Names.

The archives are located along the circular outer walls of the Hall of Names, where some 2.5 million original Pages of Testimony are preserved. Visitors are not allowed access to the archives but can see them from the platform. The archives simulate a symbolic resting place for the victims, who were deprived of a Jewish burial. The details traditionally engraved on headstones are recorded in ink on the Pages of Testimony: the name of the deceased, his or her place of birth, and dates of birth and death. The clearly visible gaps on the shelves along the walls await Pages of Testimony for those victims who have yet to be identified by name.

Adjacent to the main Hall is a room for conducting computer searches on Yad Vashem's Central Databases of Shoah Victims' Names. The Names' Database has been compiled using information garnered from Pages of Testimony, archival documentation and postwar commemoration projects. Currently it contains some four million names of Holocaust victims.

With its three areas for contemplation, preservation and research, the Hall of Names ensures that each and every Holocaust victim will be remembered and honored for eternity.

Bezalel Visual Communication Department

Project Name:

The Visual Communication Department
 

Location:

Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
 

Visual communication plays an important role in the way information is received, transmitted and understood. Over the years, awareness of this field has grown steadily, with the media constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. The establishment of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design supported the Zionist vision by bringing substance and form to the symbols of Israeli culture. The Academy's Visual Communication Department set itself the goal of providing higher learning opportunities in order to train a future cadre of designers and catapult the Israeli design industry into the top ranks of designers worldwide.

In the 1990's, rapid technological developments changed the face of design. Traditional graphic design gave way to interactive computer graphics, with rich simulation and operation capabilities. This new visual language, with which we are well-acquainted today, took on a central role in the world of hands-on design and has made an impact on every aspect of life. Those who understood the need to create and design an effective visual language and apply it in a hi-tech world were guaranteed their place on the international design stage.

In 1999, with the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation's financial support and full backing, Bezalel began developing the Visual Communication Department, which consisted of developing an academic program, building a work space and acquiring furnishings, equipment and computers. The Foundation's financial support was spread over a four-year period, during which 57 new rooms were added to the Visual Communication Department, including classrooms, video and other studios, etc. The Foundation's contribution played a key role in the development of the Visual Communication Department and helped transform it into the leading institution of higher education in this field.

Holon Institute of Technology

Project Name:

Faculty of Sciences at H.I.T
 

Location:

Holon Institute of Technology


H.I.T - The Holon Institute of Technology is an academic institute of higher education that grants degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Management of Technology and Instructional Systems Technologies as well as Industrial Design, Visual Communications Design and Interior Design. By means of these programs, H.I.T plays a central role in the advancement of Israeli society, its industry and its economy.

The Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Design and the Faculty of Management of Technology are also proud to offer MSc programs. Founded in 1969, H.I.T is one of the oldest academic institutes in Israel.

At H.I.T, the student is placed at the very heart of the academic experience. As a result, H.I.T is equipped with advanced instructional systems, offers support and personal supervision for students, undertakes scientific research, and places its hi-tech infrastructure at the disposal of both students and academic staff.

Over the years, H.I.T has promoted the values of technological leadership, innovation, quality, excellence and teamwork, with a teaching staff that encourages open debate, creativity, and collaboration with organizations and companies in the market. Upon completion of their academic studies, students graduate with either a degree or a diploma. By this time, they are professionally prepared to go out into the world, having already gained professional experience and familiarity with the job market they are soon to enter.

Quality and excellence are also emphasized in community relations and community support activities. H.I.T runs special projects to offer access to youngsters who cannot afford to study, to encourage women to take up hi-tech professions, and to expose young people to the worlds of science, IT, design and social responsibility. Students are integrated into all the projects that H.I.T supports, and the institute encourages their social responsibility and community involvement. To this end, H.I.T provides student support services by offering scholarships, psychological counseling, support for students with learning disabilities, vocational guidance, and community involvement projects.

H.I.T studies combine learning, professionalism, innovation, and exposure to the frontiers of technology and community involvement – a vital toolset for every academic in Israeli society.

The Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation is involved with the Faculty of Sciences at H.I.T, which engages in teaching, research and development. The Faculty operates applied research and instruction centers oriented towards industry. The Faculty also forges professional ties with industry in order to learn about the challenges it faces and develop effective solutions. In 2004, the Foundation made a contribution to H.I.T towards the construction of a modern, four-storey building to house classrooms of various sizes, study and research laboratories, offices for the academic staff, and a well-equipped auditorium. The building was constructed to the highest standards, with meticulous attention to workmanship, and made with the very best materials to ensure that it will continue to serve its academic purpose for years to come.

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