Wednesday, November 17, 2010
After years of planning and construction, the National Museum of American Jewish History held a gala opening ceremony last Sunday on Philadelphia's Independence Mall, just across from the Liberty Bell.
The ceremony attracted over 1,000 donors, politicians, and entertainers, including Vice-President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbra Streisand, and Bette Midler.
Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost of the building, which opens to the public on November 26.
Josh Perelman, Deputy Curator of the museum, explained that the museum's goal was to show visitors the lived experience of being a Jew throughout American history.
As David O'Reilly reported in philly.com, the website of The Philadelphia Inquirer,