The Friends of Zion Museum has opened in Jerusalem. The Museum is currently in its soft launch phase and operates from the center of Jerusalem, as a testimony to the thousands of people, who helped the Jewish nation over the last 200 years, through periods such as the British Mandate, Holocaust, and right up to the establishment of the State of Israel.
Israel has benefited a great deal over the years from Christian supporters throughout the world. Christian fundamentalists in America have a very special love for the State of Israel.
Every year during the holiday of Succot — “Feast of the Tabernacle” in English — the Christian Embassy in Jerusalem organizes a parade through the city in which Christian pilgrims from all over the world participate.
Now there is a museum dedicated just to these people.
The Friends of Zion Museum describes itself as an experiential tourism site that “captivates the senses and includes some of the most technologically advanced exhibits in the world.”
The Museum is housed in a four -story building and is fully accessible. Guests will be treated to a three-dimensional experience, original musical score, unique lighting, and stunning video mapping, all produced specifically for the location. Its construction included three-dimensional maps and exhibits that enhance the visitor experience and tell the story of the steadfast Christian support for the Jewish people.
Visitors to the site begin their tour with a spectacular panoramic presentation following a personal welcome from former President Shimon Peres, the Chairman of the International Board of the Museum. In his greeting, Peres says, “We are very grateful to all those people who created this miracle because it was a miracle of people including Friends of Zion Jewish and non-Jewish. Nothing is greater than the cause of friendship among human beings.”
The Museum is supported by thousands of donors from around the world. It tells the story of heroes such as US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Professor George Bush and Orde Wingate, who stood by the State of Israel and the Jewish people. It also tells the story of Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and the Ten Boom family, who risked their lives and the lives of their families to save Jews persecuted during the holocaust. They would later be recognized as Righteous Among Nations, by the State of Israel.
The Museum boasts a diverse international board of trustees such as former Minister, Major General (Res.) Yossi Peled, former Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. (Res.) Dan Halutz, former Minister of Justice, Professor Yaakov Neeman, Major General (Res.) Danny Yatom, and many others.