Published On: Sun, Nov 9th, 2014

$70 Million Global Center for Jewish Excellence to Open in Yavneh


Yavneh, Israel, has been chosen as the venue for The Global Center for Jewish Excellence.

Throughout history the Jewish people has been prominent in all domains of the human spirit and mind ranging from academics to economics, as well as sciences, literature and art. These accomplishments are well known and greatly appreciated around the world. The Global Center for Jewish Excellence will showcase these exceptional achievements throughout history.

Yavneh was the historical site of the Sanhedrin which constituted the highest authority of the Jewish people and served as an example of wisdom, spirituality, law and education. For 70 years after the destruction of the Second Temple, the Sanhedrin assembly met regularly to debate various important issues.

An International Board of Governers will be established for the Center. Its preliminary membership includes the following academics:

Professor David Harel, Professor of Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Laureate of the Israel Prize of 2004. Ms. Dalia Dorner – Israeli Jurist and Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice from 1993 to 2004.

Professor Asa Kasher – Professor of Philosophy and Israel Prize winner of 2000. Dr. Daniel Gordis – Senior Vice President and Koret distinguished fellow at the Shalem College in Jerusalem.

The Center will serve as an international educational institution and tourist destination, dedicated to honoring the richness of Jewish contribution to humanity. Interactive exhibits will encourage visitors to explore topics in depth with the help of a broad range of resources, including media and innovative technology.

Interactive exhibitions at the Center will elaborate on the accomplishments and contribution of the Jewish people. These exhibitions will travel around the world to reach as many Jewish communities as possible.

The projected investment in the Center is $70 million, most of which will be raised from worldwide donors. It will open in 2018.

The official announcement of the Global Center for Jewish Excellence Project will be made during the general assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, which will take place between November 9 and 11, 2014.

The Mayor of Yavneh, Mr. Zvi Gov-Ari, said, “The Global Center for Jewish Excellence will be constructed in the same place where the light of Judaism was relit following the destruction of the Second Temple. It will commemorate the sons and daughters of the Jewish people who have made a significant contribution to all of humanity.”

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