The National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) has a new mission abroad. The institution was presented in the prestigious venue of the University Club on 5th Avenue in New York. Its objectives and activities were introduced by President Dario Disegni and Director Simonetta Della Seta. Also Giulio Busi and Silvana Greco, curators of the exhibition “Il Rinascimento parla ebraico” (Renaissance speaks Hebrew), which will be on display until 15th September, spoke.
Stephen Lash, Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s, many museum directors, some prominent figures of the American business community and finance, art curators, scholars, architects and prominent members of the New York Jewish Community were among the approximately sixty participants.
Thanks to this event in Manhattan, which was opened by Consul General of Italy Francesco Genuardi and closed by Rabbi Arthur Schneier’s speech, the museum saw the rise of a strong and motivated interest towards its mission.
This has now been put into concrete terms through the formation of the first nucleus of what is now MEISFRIENDS association, headed by Andrea Fiano, director of Global Finance magazine and son of Nedo, Shoah survivor from Florence. The museum also launched an international fundraising campaign on the occasion of its journey to New York.
*Translated by Mattia Stefani, student at the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators and intern at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.