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Yad Vashem and Museum of the Bible Enter Formal Agreement to Strengthen Holocaust Commemoration and Education Efforts Across the World

Published: Aug 25, 2016

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(Jerusalem) - Yad Vashem and the Museum of the Bible signed a formal cooperation agreement on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 to strengthen ties between Jewish and Christian communities and support Yad Vashem’s Holocaust commemoration and education efforts across the world.

The agreement, called the “Declaration of Cooperation,” was signed in Washington, D.C. at Yad Vashem’s 2016 Christian Leadership Seminar by Director of the International Relations Department at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, Shaya Ben-Yehuda and President of Museum of the Bible Cary Summers -- building on strong support Museum of the Bible has given to Yad Vashem through its support of Christian seminars in recent years. Also featured at the seminar was Museum of the Bible’s most recent exhibit, “Stories of Medieval Jewish Persecution and Diaspora,” which included the Ashkenazic Torah Scroll, Codex Valmadonna I and a compilation of commentaries by Sa’adia Gaon, among other artifacts.

With the agreement, Yad Vashem will be better able to meet the rising demand among Christian individuals, youth members, and pastors in recent years for authoritative sources on the history and facts of the Shoah. In addition to continuing to support seminars at Yad Vashem, the Museum of the Bible will also help Yad Vashem develop ties with Christian ministries across the world, recruit candidates to Christian Leadership Seminars, organize Yad Vashem events, bolster Yad Vashem’s Holocaust commemoration efforts with the general public, and spearhead public relations efforts in areas related to Christian Holocaust commemoration.

"We are extremely excited about our deepening relationship with Museum of the Bible, which will be vital to our efforts to support Holocaust education in Christian communities," said Shaya Ben-Yehuda, Director of the International Relations Department at Yad Vashem. "The Museum of the Bible’s extraordinary collection of artifacts and exhibits documenting historically systemic acts of persecution, expulsion, murder, violence and racism against the Jewish people serves as a very important historical resource, and will also help amplify the message and mission of Yad Vashem.”

“We’re very thrilled to announce this cooperation agreement to deepen and formalize our support for Yad Vashem’s critical work. Yad Vashem has been an important friend of Museum of the Bible in the past, and we’re happy to continue working towards our shared goals of bridging gaps within the Jewish and Christian worlds, educating Christian youth leaders and pastors, and commemorating the approximately 6 million men, women and children who lost their lives during the Holocaust,” said Cary Summers, President of Museum of the Bible. “There is much more news to come, but this announcement is an important milestone and symbol of our commitment to Yad Vashem’s mission.”

Thursday’s agreement  included several staff members of Yad Vashem who presented various lectures relating to Holocaust commemoration, documentation and education. Topics raised during the seminar included “A World Without Holocaust Survivors," presented by the International School's Director of International Seminars Ephraim Kaye.

Museum of the Bible has deep ties to Israel, the land of the Bible and the People of the Book, including partnerships with other Israel-based organizations, notably the Israel Antiquities Authority. When Museum of the Bible opens, the Israel Antiquities Authority will display rare archaeological objects from Israel in a dedicated 4,000 square foot gallery through this partnership. Museum of the Bible is also dedicated to supporting the excavation of archaeological sites in Israel beginning an archaeological dig at Tel-Shimron, one of the largest and most historically significant sites in Israel.

Museum of the Bible will also offer Glatt Kosher options in its cafe when the Museum opens next fall.

For more information about Yad Vashem and the International School for Holocaust Studies, please contact the Communications Division at Yad Vashem.

About Yad Vashem
As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. It is dedicated to Holocaust commemoration, documentation, research and education.

About Museum of the Bible
Museum of the Bible is an innovative, global, educational institution whose purpose is to invite all people to engage with the Bible. In 2017, Museum of the Bible will open its 430,000 square-foot nonprofit museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. A digital fly-through of the Museum is viewable here.

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For Yad Vashem: Simmy Allen, Head of the International Media Section, Communications Division / Tel: +972 2 644 3412/0, cell: +972 585098109, fax: +972 2 6443409 /  /

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