Israel Antiquities Authority Setting Up Shop in Canada

The Israel Antiquities Authority hopes it can use the upcoming exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto as a jumping-off point for building a relationship between the IAA and Canadian Jewry.  The IAA has sent Ya’en Vered to Toronto for three years.  He has set up an office and has some interesting ideas about how to connect Canadians with Israel’s long heritage:

“I’m looking for somebody that will  donate a big sum, and then we’ll let them have an exhibition of the scrolls in their home for a meeting with people. That is something that has never been done in the world. That is something that is mind-boggling,” he said, adding, “I’m not sure it will happen, because we need special people to look into it.”

Vered is also looking into creating a twinning project between Canadian Jewish communities and antique sites in Israel.

“We’d like to twin a synagogue here in Toronto with an ancient synagogue in Israel.”

He said in the same way that Jewish communities travel to shtetls in Poland to explore their heritage, he hopes the twinning concept will encourage Canadians to visit Israel’s ancient sites and even raise funds in an effort to maintain them.

The full story can be read at The Canadian Jewish News.

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