Prince Charles visits The Israel Museum

January 26, 2020 by JNS
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Prince Charles met with Holocaust survivors during a visit to the Israel Museum.

Chief Rsbbi of the United d Kingdom and Commonwealth Rabbi Efraim Mirvis, Prince Charles and Dr. Adolfo Roitman, Head of the Shrine and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Prince of Wales was accompanied by UK Ambassador to Israel, the Chief Rabbi of the UK, and the Chair of the Board of Directors of The Israel Museum.

As part of his visit to the Israel Museum, The Prince of Wales toured the Wing for Jewish Art and Life, together with UK Ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, the Chief Rabbi of the UK, Ephraim Mirvis, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Israel Museum, Isaac Molho.

The tour was guided by Rachel Sarfati, Senior Curator at the Israel Museum.

In the Jewish Art and Life Wing, His Royal Highness visited the two reconstructed synagogues from three continents that constitute the Synagogue Route and viewed the largest collection of Hanukkah lamps in the world, assembled from Jewish communities across the globe.

Prince Charles met with two Holocaust survivors – George Shefi, who arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport, and Marta Weiss, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.

After the meeting, His Royal Highness was taken on a tour of the Shrine of the Book, guided by Dr Adolfo Roitman, Head of the Shrine and Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls. They were shown the scroll known as the Commentary of Habakkuk, which was laid out in its entirety especially for the royal visit.

The oldest biblical manuscripts in the world, the Dead Sea scrolls are among the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. Found in Qumran on the northern shore of the Dead Sea, they were written between the second and the first century BCE. The Shrine, an international landmark of modern architecture, was designed by American Jewish architects Armand P. Bartos and Frederic J. Kiesler.

His Royal Highness’ official visit in Israel came in response to the invitation by President Reuven Rivlin on the occasion of the fifth World Holocaust Forum, which took place in Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Israel Museum was also honoured to host the King of Belgium, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, the presidents of Hungary, Austria, Lithuania, and Iceland, as well as many other world leaders and dignitaries who came to participate in the occasion.

Israel’s Largest Cultural Institution

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Founded in 1965, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects, representing the full scope of world material culture. The Museum attracts around a million visitors every year.

In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the Museum mounts dozens of temporary exhibitions a year, based on in-depth research and reflecting the staff’s high standards of excellence. Many of these exhibitions are internationally acclaimed as groundbreaking and outstanding, and several travel every year to different venues across the globe, becoming accessible to huge audiences worldwide and turning the Museum into one of Israel’s leading cultural ambassadors.

Photo Credit – Elie Posner, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Photo Present – From Left to right the Chief Rabbi of the UK, Ephraim Mirvis, HRH Prince of Wales and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Israel Museum Isaac Molho.



One Response to “Prince Charles visits The Israel Museum”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Did the inviters know beforehand that he planned also to pay homage to Holocaust denier and paymaster of Arab “Palestinian” terrorists, Mahmoud Abbas?
    If so, why did they humiliate themselves by inviting him?
    It’s easier to take some Jews out of the gola than it is to take the gola out of them.

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