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The Telfed Tiyul Team arranged a visit to the Joseph Bau Museum followed by a visit to the Six Day War Exhibition at the Yitzhak Rabin Centre scheduled for 21 February 2019. After considerable pleading and cajoling, we managed to muster a group of 21 people to join the tiyul. Various reasons such as “we know all about Bauhaus” referring to the building design concept, and “we’ve been to the Rabin Centre” were offered by those not willing to join the tiyul group. Lo and behold, the twenty one who took their chances, returned singing the praises of both venues and soon afterwards we had demands to arrange a repeat of the tiyul. The one limiting factor was that the Joseph Bau Museum can only accommodate a maximum of 25 people.

The second tiyul took place on 14 March, due to the limitation of 25 participants, we now have a waiting list, and have undertaken to repeat the tiyul again after Pesach. The Joseph Bau Museum is in Berdichevsky Street, which despite its long name is a little side street off Rothschild Boulevard. Upon entering, we almost felt as if we were entering a hole in the wall - but what a revelation as we walked inside!

Joseph Bau was a graphic designer, in addition to being an inventor and engineer gifted with the ability to put inspirational ideas into practice. It could be said that his career started after being placed in the Plaszow Concentration Camp by the Nazi German invaders of his Polish homeland. He had to improvise and put numerous ideas into practice to stay alive, and what a fascinating story his is – as conveyed by his daughter Clila, who guided us through the museum and introduced us to her father’s exploits. Joseph Bau and his wife Rebecca, were the couple whose marriage was reenacted in the movie Schindler's List. Beyond, that, we can’t share more details as we don’t want to ruin the surprises in store for future visitors to the museum.

We then enjoyed a delicious lunch before heading to the Yitzhak Rabin Centre. We were welcomed by Osnat Moskowitz, a senior executive at the Centre, who gave us a detailed and very interesting history of the development of the Rabin Centre as well as a bit of history about the property on which it is situated. After that it was off to the Six Day War Exhibition where we watched an extremely interesting 20 minute movie that covered most of Israel’s history between 14 May 1948 and the Six Day War.

Stay tuned for information on the next tiyul to the Joseph Bau Museum and Yitzhak Rabin Centre!

 

 

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