New Details Revealed About One-of-a-kind Project Adjacent to Jerusalem Estates
Anyone passing the Schneller Complex in recent weeks can’t help but notice it; a unique, historic structure undergoing meticulous restoration work. Now, details about the project behind the extensive renovations are finally being disclosed. As reported on news website Israel 21c, the newly preserved historic building, which once housed a Syrian orphanage and has been empty and abandoned for the last 12 years, is about to become the largest Jewish museum in the world. The first of its kind, Beit HaKehillot Museum (The Museum of Jewish Communities), as it will be named, is unique in that its goal is not merely to present Jewish history but to preserve Jewish values for the next generation.
Using state-of-the-art technology and the latest in multi-media concepts, the interactive museum will showcase thousands of historical artifacts, manuscripts and books in their many innovative exhibits.
Over the last 50 years, Machon Kehillot Yisrael (Communities of Israel Institute) has curated the largest private collection of its kind. This monumental collection includes original Jewish manuscripts, letters, books, poems and original Jewish stories that perpetuate ideas and values that Jews have brought to the world. Over the years, these core beliefs have become the cultural standards and fundamental beliefs of all of civilization, strengthening and connecting Jewish communities throughout the diaspora.
Connecting to our History, Preserving our Future
While the Institute has documented 1.8 million pages, manuscripts and historical documents as well as published more than 700 books, their goal is not only revival of the past. For the many young people who yearn for more knowledge and tradition, this journey to the past holds unique relevance for the future. Through making the fascinating journey of Torah and Jewish culture accessible to the young generation, they will feel a sense of connection to their heritage. Through connecting young people to the ancient tradition of our nation, the enduring values of the Jewish people will be preserved in their hearts.
Experiencing the Past While Living in the Present
The ancient character of the historic Schneller compound is exceptionally suited for this monumental project. Centrally located and preserved for 150 years, the Schneller Complex is a time capsule that tells the story of Jerusalem from the Ottoman period until today. As part of the conservation work being done on the historical elements of the complex, some of the buildings have undergone extensive renovations to restore the rare architecture. This work is designed to preserve the unique character of the area while establishing it for the benefit of the people living there today.
Bringing History to Life
Jerusalem Estates at Schneller provides state-of-the-art living combined with authentic Jerusalem history and culture. Passing through the wooden gates and ascending the ancient steps carries the ambience of eighteenth century living and a yearning for a past steeped in majesty. The contrast between ancient charm and modern amenities, idyllic tranquility and vibrant city life, is what gives this distinctive development its exclusivity, allowing residents to enjoy the rare combination of both worlds.
What better place to house the museum that connects us to our past while building upon our future?