Jewish Culture and the Legacy of the Classical World


Jewish Culture and the Legacy of the Classical World

On March 29, 2017, AFBLMJ presented Jewish Culture and the Legacy of the Classical World with speakers on topics such as “The Missing Temple in Hellenistic Judaism Revealed” and a perspective of the menorah as Roman art. Speakers included archaeologist Dan Bahat, Professor Steven Fine from Yeshiva University, and New York University’s Dr. Larry Schiffman.

In the Valley of David and Goliath

In the Valley of David and GoliathIn the Valley of David and Goliath/Digging Up Evidence on the United Monarchy, co-sponsored with Yeshiva University Museum and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

On March 30, 2016, leading archaeologists and scholars presented findings from the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavations in the Valley of Elah, where the epic battle between David and Goliath was waged. Participating scholars included Professor Yosef Garfinkel from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Shalom Holtz from Yeshiva University, and Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman from New York University.

Symposium: By the Rivers of Babylon

Past Events: Symposium: By the Rivers of Babylon/Exploring New Evidence from Ancient Texts About the Jewish ExilesSymposium: By the Rivers of Babylon/Exploring New Evidence from Ancient Texts About the Jewish Exiles, co-sponsored with Yeshiva University Museum and the
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University.

On May 5, 2015, over 200 guests joined leading scholars as they discussed the Babylonia Exile and Al-Yahudu texts, a collection of cuneiform clay tablets dating to the 6th and 5th centuries BCE and considered a momentous discovery opening up the study of the Jewish Diaspora in Babylonia. Participating scholars included Dr. Laurie Pearce from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Lawrence Schiffman from New York University, Dr. Wayne Horowitz from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dr. Daniel E. Fleming from New York University, and Dr. Shalom Holtz from Yeshiva University.

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.